Buying an Oracle Switch rod

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Hello all. I'm pretty much a newbie to double handed rods, but have a week of fishing coming up on the A'an, and on a beat of the upper Dee.

I've been advised that a switch rod is the tool for the job and see a lot of recommendations for the 11ft Oracle switch. To be honest I'm not surprised that it's a very good rod because I fish with a Shakey 9ft trout rod and can't fault it.

With regard to the switch could someone recommend a 7/8 over a 8/9 or vice versa, and offer advice on line and line weight ( I hear good things about Barrios) and anything else with regards to poly leaders etc, leader length etc.

I hope to order Monday or Tuesday at the latest so any advice before then is much appreciated

Many thanks
 

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Hello all. I'm pretty much a newbie to double handed rods, but have a week of fishing coming up on the A'an, and on a beat of the upper Dee.

I've been advised that a switch rod is the tool for the job and see a lot of recommendations for the 11ft Oracle switch. To be honest I'm not surprised that it's a very good rod because I fish with a Shakey 9ft trout rod and can't fault it.

With regard to the switch could someone recommend a 7/8 over a 8/9 or vice versa, and offer advice on line and line weight ( I hear good things about Barrios) and anything else with regards to poly leaders etc, leader length etc.

I hope to order Monday or Tuesday at the latest so any advice before then is much appreciated

Many thanks


I use the 7/8 shaky 6piece and fish it with a 360gr Airflo Rage head and Airflo 10ft salmon polyleaders( all densities) great set up if your close to ayr and want to try my setup give me a pm and we can arrange a meet
 
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I have the Oracle 7-8 and last week on the Spey at Grantown, covered all the water I needed too.
Very good light rod that didn’t stress over the duration of its use and would highly recommend this rod.

I used a 7 weight SSVT on it and it flew out with ease.
Just a pity the fish didn’t play ball!!

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Thanks to both of you for your advice. Much appreciated! So I ordered a 7\8 from JN and ended up phoning Mike Barrio and he suggested a 6/7 switch line is ideal for it.

Once/ If I get into this double handed casting routine I'll probably look more into shooting heads, scandi, and skagits, all of which are a bit over my head at the minute.

I'll let you know how it goes, and thanks again for your advice.
 

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Thanks to both of you for your advice. Much appreciated! So I ordered a 7\8 from JN and ended up phoning Mike Barrio and he suggested a 6/7 switch line is ideal for it.

Once/ If I get into this double handed casting routine I'll probably look more into shooting heads, scandi, and skagits, all of which are a bit over my head at the minute.

I'll let you know how it goes, and thanks again for your advice.
Great rod and a solid grounding for moving into bigger rods which can be a bit less forgiving through frustrating experience.

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Hope I'm not hijacking the thread but I got the 7/8 last backend and tried a couple of lines I had briefly which seemed ok. I got the Shakey 7/9 switch line off a member on here and tried it last week. I thought it was a bit heavy for the rod. Definitely if overhead and also when spey casting I felt the rod could manage a lighter line with ease. Anybody else feel the same? I originally tried it last year on a very windy day on Tweed with a Norris 7/8 integrated head and a 410gr skagit switch both of which flew out

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What do you mean about shakey oracle switch 11ft 6/7, please? I want to buy switch for double handed overhead casting. Is it really 6/7 aftma? Many thanks.
 
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Hi I have the 7/8 six piece shakey switch rod and I use the Barrio 7/8 switch line . Casts all double hand casts no bother. If I overhead cast I just use both handles just seems natural. With a 5 foot poly leader and a length of tippet it’s a pleasure to use. I find it a perfect combination for summer and low water. Hope this helps.
 

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What do you mean about shakey oracle switch 11ft 6/7, please? I want to buy switch for double handed overhead casting. Is it really 6/7 aftma? Many thanks.

If you’re only going to be overhead casting with a relatively light outfit, why do you want a double-hander? I think a 10’ #7 or #8 single-hander would do that job at least as well.
 

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I need long casts on Danube river. Not for salmon. I want to use Barrio switch line or outbound short line I think, that I will be able to cast longer with 11ft switch. Am I right or not? For spey casting I have Shakespeare Oracle Spey 12ft 7/8.
 
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