I got a new Redington Dually Switch Rod recently, the 7113-4 was just screaming my name. It is the 11’3″ 7 weight which is bound to be the most popular rod in the bunch. I picked it up as a backup/extra rod to have in addition to the Sage ONE 7116-4 that I already have. Both of these rods are now loaded up with the new Rio Switch Chucker. The team at Rio hit the ball out of the park with this fly line! More on that in a minute, but it is the line that most closely bridges the gap between a shooting head and one that will still mend and fish with a set of nymphs.
First off, the cost is attractive. I have yet to see a rod at $249 that even comes close. I’ll be honest, this was an economically biased purchase for me. I already have a 7 weight switch rod and since it was going to be an “extra” the cost contributed to the help. I did cast it first and loved it. While it doesn’t have that crisp response of its $860 cousin, it throws a nice line and you do feel like you have control of the fly. Most people don’t pay attention to the accuracy of a two-handed rod but that is one of the first things I analyze. It throws a fairly consistent cast. The rod does have a cool look to it. I like the all cork reel seat. It reminds me of my great uncle Ed’s steelhead and salmon rods that were left in our tool shed after he passed away. This rod looks “old school” but casts like a NASA rocket. The overhead casting with a Rio Switch Chucker is not something to be desired. This line is pretty heavy so I didn’t get a good feel over the past week on what it is like with a Rio Switch Line. I know rods well enough to know that it will cast overhand fairly well. Your line should be purchased or chosen based on what you plan to do. If you plan to do LOTS of single hand casting then an WF9F line will do. If you plan to do a ton of nymph fishing with one or two hand casting, Rio Switch Line, or if you plan to swing 70% of the time then the Switch Chucker is the only way to go.
Comparing the top “coach class” switch rods… The Echo SR is still the king of single hand preferred casters. It is only 10’10″ on the 7 weight and casts overhand and under trees like a champ. It doesn’t pick up the big heavy flies and tips as well as the longer rods. The TFO Deer Creek is still a good choice despite being about 7 years old give or take. It has good components and is a solid rod. It lacks a bit of the “punch” of some of these others but is very beginner friendly and a joy to cast. Lots of energy in the bottom half of this rod. The Dually hangs right in there with these other rods for about $100 less. It is a good choice for anglers on a tight budget.
Alas. A Shooting Head style line for switch rods with a gentle back taper so that you can handle an indicator at 30+ feet. We have been waiting for this line! Prior to this line the best “contiguous one piece” fly line that filled the bill was the Wulff Ambush. Which is still an awesome line! Especially if you plan to exclusively shooting line and swing flies or strip streamers. I got the pleasure of casting this line as a prototype far before it actually hit the market. In fact, I have a pretty worn it out casting everything that swings on my Sage 7116-4 ONE Switch Rod. These lines are “sized to fit” so a #7 Rio Switch Chucker gets paired with a 7 weight switch rod. Super easy.
This line will turn over “Rio MOW tips in the ‘light’ size range”. You can also use Versi-leaders or polyleaders. The Rio MOW tip system is sturdy and a very good investment so I recommend going that direction. Plus they tend to handle big flies better than the versi-leader system.
If you are looking for a line that will shoot line “spey style” well and double as an indicator line then this is it. For maximum nymph fishing range pair it with a 10′ Rio MOW Floating tip size Medium. A light floating tip will work, but if you are casting “junk” like indicators and weight then the Medium MOW Floating tip will turn it over a bit better. This line is an ‘ok’ overhead casting line. It is too heavy to pretend that it is fun to cast as a single handed line. If you want to overhand cast with one hand then the Rio Perception Fly line – up 2 line weights is a better choice. I’m not sure the Rio Switch Chucker can be beat for a spey style line on a switch rod however.
We do package the Redington Dually Switch Rod complete with line, backing, tips, and pretty much everything you need to get started. This is the newest switch rod package that we have assembled and the customer satisfaction is amazing. Great combination. Just follow the link below to learn more about this package.