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TFO Deer Creek 11' 7 Weight Switch Rod w/ Wulff Ambush Line and Reel
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Product Description:

TFO Deer Creek Switch Rod and ALL NEW ECHO ION 7/9 Reel Package

TFO Deer Creek Switch Rods have historically been our best selling switch rods at Red's. Currently we do sell a near equal amount of the Echo SR Switch Rods as well, they are also a great value. The TFO however are fantastic rods, tough, and launch an incredible amount of line. This rod, reel, and line is everything you need to get started in Spey or Switch fishing. It will come completely setup with backing, fly line, a fast sinking Versileader, and is RIVER READY when it gets to your doorstep! Just add water and a fish. We will choose the right line, put it on for you, and box this up and get it ready to go. No decisions to make on your part except where to cast.

LH is Left Hand Retrieve and RH is Right Hand Retrieve set up on the reel.

Not what you are looking for? Check out our complete list of switch rods! SWITCH RODS

What are the differences between the Echo SR Switch Rod and the Deer Creek?

These are both great rods. They are affordable, high performance, and tough. We like each one equally and if you get a chance, cast them side by side. You can do this if you ever get a chance to visit our riverside shop and lodge. For most this won't be possible. The Echo SR Switch Rod is a couple of inches shorter, slightly lighter, and more "tip oriented" on the casting. It is a slightly better single handed casting rod. It is also better for anglers that favor a Scandinavian style casting stroke. If you don't know what that is don't worry! That just means it is a shorter faster casting stroke.
The TFO Deer Creek Switch Rods are a bit more of a Spey Rod. They load deeper into the butt section of the rod and seem to launch line a bit further especially with sinking tips and bigger flies. Does this mean the Echo won't perform the same tasks? Golly no, it just means that if your goal is to exclusively spey swing especaially for some winter steelhead then get the TFO. Both are great choices, don't sweat it!

Need Advice or a Custom Package?

If you would like to substitute another rod weight, line, or reel, no problem, just give the guys and gals at the fly shop a buzz and our friendly staff will hook you up right and be sure this outfit will work exactly as you intend it to. The 7 weight is by far the most popular. If you plan to fish almost exclusively with large weighted flies and heavy sink tips, let us know and we'll substitute a Skagit style line for you (better for casting big stuff). We are also happy to substitute a Rio Switch line if you would like. Or consdier the Rio Scandi Short Spey Line w/ assorted of sinking tips., it is a great all around spey line for the Deer Creek Switch Rod or the Echo.

The 3WT's will spey cast the 255 grain Rio Short Scandi Body Floating and Intermediate with versileaders. A bit heavy on overhead casts.
The 4WT's and 5WT's will cast from 255 grain Rio Short Scandi Body Grain overhead Floating and Intermediate, to 305 grain Rio Short Scandi Body S4 with versileaders and spey casts and the 5WT's will be getting close to turning over the Light MOW tips.

The 6WT's and up will cast most of the
Rio Short Scandi Body weights depending on overhead, lean on the light side, and spey cast up to two line weight over so an 8Wt Rio Short Scandi Body will spey cast like a lazar on the 6WT rods as it is just like a skagit head with a taper that throws lazar loops with MOW tips and versileaders.

TFO Fly Rod Warranty

Lifetime warranty. If you break the rod a repair fee will apply and the customer can send it directly into TFO for fast service and they will replace the rod or the broken section as fast as possible.
Switch Rod Uses and Species

We have used switch rods for almost everything. Steelhead, Silver Salmon, Chums, Sockeye, Pinks, large trout, Stripers, and other species in the 5-20 pound range. The most popular species is by far steelhead and this is what made switch rods famous. They can cast sink tips with spey casts, or you can set up a strike indicator and dead drift flies as well on the same rod. Since it will cast like a spey rod or a single had fly rod it can make the transition into 2 handed casting fairly seamless.

NEW ECHO Ion 7/9 Fly Reel for Switch Rods

The NEW ECHO ION 7/9 reels are the best reel we have ever seen in the sub $100 category. Made from what we call a hybrid design, cast aluminum and then machined to provide the benefits of a machined bar stock reel without the high price associated with "fully" machined reels. All ECHO die cast reels are collated with an impact resistant matte black finish to provide the best looking, long lasting finish.

The Echo Ion Spey Reel is a bargain. It is probably worth twice as much. We have found the Echo Ion to be dependable, smooth, and an incredible value. The Echo Ion has a sealed drag, and the Ion is perfect for somebody that is spey fishing for the first time or is on a tight budget. The 7/9 and 10/12 that will hold the largest two-handed spey lines with plenty of backing. ECHO ION reels have stainless steel internal components and are primarily designed for fresh water use. They can be used in the salt providing extra care is taken to clean and lubricate them after each day on the water. At $99.99 for the two larger reels the ION reels are a real "No Brainer". Spare spools retail $44.99 respectively.

Switch Rod Package Includes

TFO Deer Creek Switch Rod 7110-4 - 7 Weight, 11' Long, 4 Piece - $339.95
Travel Tube
Echo Ion 7/9 Fly Reel - $99.95
200 Yards of Backing - $20.00
Backing and Line Setup - FREE!
Royal Wulff Ambush Fly Line or Rio Switch Chucker on 6-9wt rods
10' Fast Sinking Versileader (sink tip) - $12.95
Rio Steelhead Tapered Leader - $4.95
Shipping - FREE!
Good Luck for Buying From Red's - Priceless!

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Spare Reel, Switch Line, Strike Indicators, and Leader for Nymph Fishing

Although the Rio Steelhead Scandi Short spey casts like a champ on these switch rods (and is one heck of a shooting head to boot!), it isn't the best line for indicator nymphing because the head is short and you get into the thin running line too fast. Consider ordering an Echo Ion Reel for $99 and a Rio Switch Line, 1" Thingamabobber Strike Indicators, and a Rio Steelhead Leader.

This package can be purchased in addition to this Switch Rod package for a cost effective way to turn your switch rod into a nymph fishing machine for steelhead.

Other thoughts on Using and Casting Switch Rods:

One of the hardest things about buying a Switch Rod or Spey Rod is trying to sort through all the choices on rods without making a mistake, after that, then the line and reel selection begins. We want to make this process as fun and easy for you as possible by narrowing the choices to our best selling Switch Rod Combo.

The TFO Deer Creek Switch rod has been our most versatile and best selling Switch Rod along with the Echo SR. It is affordable. A number of guides on our staff use this rod for Steelhead on both mid sized and large streams. If you want to tackle big fast fish, upgrade to a Ross CLA #5 (there is no reel that gives you this much bang for the buck that is capable of taming salty Steelhead, Salmon, or you can even take it to the flats and it does fine with Permit, Bonefish, etc.)
Bob Meiser has been in the forefront of popularizing and refining blank designs for the Switch Rod concept of fly rods since the mid 1990s. His expertise with this unique family of rods is well established within the two handed rod community. Bob’s original concept has been universally accepted over the past decade and teaming with Mike Kinney in design and application for these rods has now taken the concept to the next higher level. We have used our proprietary Axiom material lay-up process for these blanks. These are extremely light weight, durable, thoughtfully designed fly rods with superb performance … Best defined simply as: “Totally efficient delivery tools.”

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Average Customer Review: 4.5 of 5 | Total Reviews: 3 Write a review.

  0 of 0 people found the following review helpful:
Great system - Cork So-So June 23, 2014
Reviewer: Eric Koshinsky from Saskatoon, SK Canada  
I am VERY happy with my new 7wt TFO Deer Creek switch rod, the Echo Reel, and Ambush line.  I'm still learning the whole switch/spey casting thing, but that in itself is rewarding.  Casting single handed this rod has added 20-30 feet to my casts (with normal line).

I've only used the rod 6 times or so, and I've already landed 2 large pike with it (1 over 15 the other over 25 pounds).  The system handled them perfectly.

The service I have received so far has been better than excellent.  Very prompt, considerate, thoughtful, and most importantly helpful.

My only issue is that the cork on the upper handle is not great on my rod.  Out of the box there was a large (1.5-2 inch x 1/4 inch) slice missing, and after 4 days on the water a 1/4 inch round piece fell out.  Sadly they are exactly where my hands grip the rod, so I always feel them.

Despite this, I would recommend this rod/reel set-up, and buying through Reds without hesitation to anyone considering a switch rod.

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  4 of 4 people found the following review helpful:
great service-great set-up September 11, 2013
Reviewer: lifesadrag from Calgary Canada  
This is an great little switch set-up,I pretty much new what I was getting as far as the DC goes but I was excited for the Ambush line and curious about the Ion.
The Ambush is simply awesome,I will be putting it on my SH set-up for sure and the reel is rock solid,for the price range it comes in at you can't go wrong and have no doubt it would compete with reels priced at twice as much or more.
The guys at Reds were awesome to deal with and went above and beyond to get this kit on my doorstep.Truly top shelf customer service
Easy 5 stars all around

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  1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
Good set up and easy to use May 3, 2011
Reviewer: Tim C. from Richland, WA  
I bought this because it was all set up and I didn't have to make a lot of decisions.  What line to use?  what tip? what rod? what grain weight?

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