G Loomis GLX Switch Rod - Best All Around Fly Rod for Steelhead
This is a very high quality rod that will last a couple of lifetimes. Use it to swing floating lines, sink tips, throw strike indicators, streamers, beach fish, or just about anything!
The GLX Switch Rod is for the angler that has maybe dabled with a few other lesser rods and is looking for a higher performance and smooth casting switch. It is the preferred switch rod of the original Skagit Master, Ed Ward, and is a good seller at Red's Fly Shop. We see anglers buy this that have a chance to throw a few rods side by side and see the quality and performance first hand.
When you'd like the flexibility of making a traditional single hand cast, a roll cast or a full-on spey cast, our new switch rods offer it up like no others. At 11' they are a little more than traditional single hand rods giving you the ability to throw long casts with one or two hands. From a nice light 5-weight to a 8-weight, you'll be able to cover almost all water from your favorite trout streams to large steelhead drifts.
Not what you are looking for? Check out our complete list of switch rods! SWITCH RODS 2014 Fly Line Buyer’s Guide for Switch Rods
Ok, so things change fast in the switch rod game. Its like the damn stock market half the time. As products change, we have a team of guides that use, fish, and sell switch rods year round so please know that our information is based on actual river time and up to date. Below you will find some cliff notes to help you find the right fly line for you. Keep in mind that there is LOTS of overlap here and many lines will work for a variety of things. With that being said, it is wise to buy the line that works BEST for what you plan to do most of the time. If you plan to swing flies on rivers, get a shooting head with a
Rio Grip Shooter Running Line. If you plan to nymph fish most of the time, get a Rio Switch Line. If you fall right there in the middle, get an integrated shooting head like a Rio Switch Chucker Fly Line or a Wulff Ambush Fly Line. Between the video and the notes, you should no longer suffer from SLC, Switch Line Confusion. VIDEO Download Video from YouTube | Convert to MP3 Rio Switch Chucker Fly Line - A great all around line, integrated running line. The best line for all around fishing conditions, but not the “best” at any one category. If you are going to nymph fish “big” water consider adding a 10′ Floating Rio MOW Tip to the end of this line. This line is also great for stripping streamers because it has an integrated running line so you don’t get the “loop clang” as your loop-to-loop connection goes through your guides. This line is spot on for size, a #7 line matches with a #7 rod. Perfect for fast action rods longer than 11′, such as the Redington Prospector, Sage ONE, Sage METHOD, or Redington Dually (the #5 Chucker is heavy – if you plan to get the #5 Dually get a #4 Chucker). Wulff Ambush Fly Line - Shoots like a rocket, short head, great for the shorter switch rods like the Echo SR and the TFO Deer Creek. Medium fast action rods 11′ or less like this line and eat it up! We like this line on the Echo SR, Echo Classic, Redington Dually (esp. the 4 – 6 weights), and the TFO Deer Creek Switch Rod. It has an integrated running line and is good for swinging flies, stripping flies, and indicator fishing small water if you put a 10′ Floating Rio MOW Tip on it. Rio Scandi Short Versi-ti p - Great line for anglers that want to primarily spey cast with moderate sized flies. One of the sweetest casting lines, it is pure joy rearing back and setting up fora cast with this line. Tight loops. It will overhead cast pretty well. Needs a running line, this is the head/tips only. Rio Skagit Max Short Head - Big flies are this lines specialty. Not a good overhand line. Great with Rio MOW tips (get the “light” MOW tips). No stretch core makes this a salmon killer when you need great hook penetration for fish with significant bone structure. Rio Grip Shooter Running Line - The most popular running/shooting line. Pair this with the Skagit Max or the Rio Scandi Short. Rio Switch Line - The best “indicator” line we sell. Good all around line, it will cast with sink tips BUT you won’t look like Skagit Master. This line is not a shooting head. Rio Perception WF Floating Line - If you want to try and make use of a line that you might use on another rod or already own, a WF Floating line that is 2 line weights up will usually cast pretty well. Rio Outbound Coldwater Saltwater – Here is your beach fishing master blaster. This is the long distance KING when pure coverage is at a premium. Use this in the sound or at the beech, OR take it stillwater fishing. They sell it in an intermediate sinking rate… oh man. Think about leech fishing your favorite lakes with 100′ long bombs.