Fly Fishing Gear

Sage R8 Switch Rod

$1,300.00 USD

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When tenuous wading and compromised space for D-Loops call for situational and creative Spey casts, Switch rods are ideal - often essential - tools. The SPEY R8 Switch rods are built for Spey casting in the closest of quarters, where maximum distance isn’t required but getting the fly to turnover and into the zone is critical. Efficient, capable, and dynamic, these models  View more...pack a punch and allow anglers to alter their cast and change approaches according to the surroundings. Despite their shorter length of 11’6”, they cast both Skagit and Scandi lines to necessary and even surprising distances. In core sizes of 7- and 8-weight, they’re scaled to match a variety of species from trout to salmon and steelhead.

The most popular switch rod, the 7116 is extremely versatile, light in hand, and able to cast both Skagit and Scandi lines from the tightest of quarters. This rod is suitable for most steelhead fisheries and smaller Pacific salmon.

  • Application: All-Around Switch - Tight Quarters Baby Spey - Summer & Winter Steelhead

  • Fishery: Coastal Pacific Northwest, Tight Quarters Desert Fisheries

  • Recommended Lines: Skagit450-500 / Scandi400-450 / Rec Skagit 475 Skagit Max Power / Rec Scandi 440 Scandi Launch

8116-4 SWITCH

A more powerful switch rod, the 8116 is able to cast heavy sink-tips and big, weighted flies from extremely confined spaces. It is appropriate for large anadromous species on small- and medium-sized rivers - ideal for winter steelhead and narrower Atlantic salmon streams.

  • Application: Heavy-Duty Switch - Tight Quarters Baby Spey - Winter Steelhead - Light King Salmon - Atlantic Salmon

  • Fishery: Coastal Pacific Northwest, Small Water B.C., Gaspe

  • Recommended Lines: Skagit 500-550 / Scandi 450-500 / Rec Skagit 525 Skagit Max Power / Rec Scandi 470 Scandi Launch

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