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: Switch rod lines for lakes?

Dana C
10-29-2013, 05:47 PM
On of the reasons I have ordered a switch rod is I think it will be useful on lakes from the shore or wading. However, every thing I read about lines and weights addresses swinging flys for steelhead or large trout. I want to be able to get a line well out into a lake and strip streamers, twitch nymths and fight the wind. I don't see a lot specifically addressed to my needs.
Naturally I am going to use the rod on the Snake River. Silver Creek, the Wood etc., as well as lake fishing.
Rod I bought is made of UMH 12 graphite which I understand makes it a fast, (maybe a very fast rod). My question is first about line weight. The rod is a 5/6 weight, 11 footer. What weight line would you recommend. I am thinking in terms of maybe 7. I will need a sink tip for lakes and a floating line for those applications.
Here is the kicker. I can't spend $150 for a Rio kit. I am going to pick up a reel for 7/8 or 8/9 weight line as well.

Your help would be greatly appreciated.

By the way, Hello all!
As a new member...I am 65 retired, fixed income and used to fly fish a lot. Illness and the economy almost got me but "I'm....baaack". I live in South Central Idaho, Twin Falls area.

10-30-2013, 09:54 AM
What's the rod rated for (grains)? A couple of things come to mind but not sure if the ranges are wide enough. What's the make and model?