I'm building a switch rod on a rain shadow 4 pc blankf-1087-4,built lots of fly rods but this is my first switch.My main question is matching line wt to the blank I'm planning to use beulah elixir 7/8 with the #7 blank. can any one tell me how strong this blank is,will the line it's rated for load it ok or should a size bigger line be used also what did you think of the blank. Was going to use a beulah blank but heard good things about the rain shadow
I hope you have built the switch rod using the Rainshadow IF1087-4.
I am thinking of building one for myself instead of buying off the rack.
Can I have some feedback on this blank? Does it cast like a dream when correctly loaded with the right grain weight of line. BTW which spectrum of grain weight are you using..what would be the response on the rod if the weight size of the line is 2 size up. Eg: for a 7wt switch rod, one probably use a 9wt fly line. What is its performance on the blank?
I have not have any chance to cast a Rainshadow 1087-4, and would certainly like to hear from those who have experience fishing with this blank before I buy them.
Last edited by tacklebloke; 10-04-2009 at 11:39 AM.
that line should work just fine. here is a spread sheet of the grain window for those blanks
Switch Rod Grain Window
Model Low Grain Window High Grain Window
IF1085-4M 140 280
IF1086-4M 160 330
IF1087-4M 185 380
IF1088-4M 210 440
Hi Adam and Robert,
I too just built a rainshadow switch rod in the 7wt version. I was thinking about the Beulah elixer 7/8 as well but figured it would be too heavy as the grain weight of that line is 380 which is at the top end of the window. When you add a sinkng Poly leader as most suggest, then you start to hit in the 450-500 grain weight area. Isn't that too much to load? Would I be better off with the 6/7 beulah elixer at 335 grains to be able to add the poly leader and still stay near the top end of the window? Just asking since I am new to this style rod.
I've just started thinking about making my own switch rod and see that most or all of the entrees here are about the 7 wt. Is that because it seems to be the most adaptable to more types of fishing from trout to salmon or are there other reasons? I tried some over the weekend from regular manufacturers and it seems that the lighter weight also makes them much less tiring. Are they still strong enough to fish steelhead? Thanks Bob
it depends where you are fishing and how big the steelhead are. if you are fishing in our area, a seven would work but might be a bit light. and 8 wt would be the way to go. if you are fishing the great lakes area for steelhead, then a 7 wt would be plenty strong enough.
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