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    Evening All,

    Just a couple of days ago i had the opportunity to fish with a friends switch rod. This was a complete revelation to me. After dismissing them for a few years i am now a convert and looking to get one for myself. I am wondering if any of the members could give me their thoughts on either the Hardy Jet 8/9 11 ft (if i can find one somewhere secondhand) or alternatively the Hardy Demon 7/8 11ft. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by polla View Post
    Evening All,

    Just a couple of days ago i had the opportunity to fish with a friends switch rod. This was a complete revelation to me. After dismissing them for a few years i am now a convert and looking to get one for myself. I am wondering if any of the members could give me their thoughts on either the Hardy Jet 8/9 11 ft (if i can find one somewhere secondhand) or alternatively the Hardy Demon 7/8 11ft. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
    Polla - I've used a switch rod for the first time this spring and thoroughly enjoyed it. I can't comment on the Hardys but the Shakespeare oracle 8/9 switch rod I use is superb. Not just superb for the price, straight out superb. With a 475 grain skagit line, it throws a lovely tight loop a fair distance. I never felt undergunned playing fish with it but there's certainly a bit of extra excitement!

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    Hi Polla,
    Hardy Jet is very nice rod. It is quite fast with soft tip. I tried 11 7/8wt. (I think....) and I liked it. Just bear in mind that it is trout rated. The one I tried was paired with 8wt. Rio Switch Chucker. Definitely not a good combination.

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    I have both the rods in question. Firstly the Hardy Jet is marked with a line designation "400 to 510 grains" which is definately not trout weight. I use mine with a 350 Commando, a 480 skagit Scout and a 425 gaelforce switch line and they all work perfectly well.

    The Shakespeare 8/9 I use with the 480 Scout and again it functions perfectly well. The rod itself feels a bit "gutless" compared with the Jet but is very pleasant to fish with. I think they can still be bought for 60 odd pounds. Well worth a go.

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    polla,there's two main reasons for the purchase of a switch rod(well sensible ones any way!)
    1; you need/want a smaller rod for places where your normal arsenal of rods are just too big-as in long and unwieldy- but you still need to fish tubes n sink tips etc.
    2; when you are considering a single handed trout rod for your Salmon fishing, maybe in times of low water or its a small river and you don't need big flee's and sinking gubbins, when tiny flee's and delicate presentation comes to the fore.
    I'd also add, there's not a lot between most 8 weight switch rods of 11ft 6 and say a similar double hander of 12ft to 13ft,just a few inches of carbon!.
    Not for one moment am I saying you should buy this or that rod in this or that weight, its just possible you want a switch rod for the sake of owning one(nowt wrong with that either!),but a little thought and reasoning could well see you with a purchase that will open your fishing out for the best for you!.
    Now I'm a cheat,I've got a light-6weight-switch and a heavier 8 weight switch, there's a world of difference twixt them, but both are very easy to cast and I enjoy fishing and casting them very much.The lighter one especially has put extra fish on the bank for me.
    Best of luck, however you switch it about,Pedro.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TommyC View Post
    Polla - I've used a switch rod for the first time this spring and thoroughly enjoyed it. I can't comment on the Hardys but the Shakespeare oracle 8/9 switch rod I use is superb. Not just superb for the price, straight out superb. With a 475 grain skagit line, it throws a lovely tight loop a fair distance. I never felt undergunned playing fish with it but there's certainly a bit of extra excitement!
    Plus 1 for the Shaky Oracle 8/9 Goes really well with the Barrio Switch line 8/9.

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