Switch Rod Casting Techniques - We made this video primarily to address many of the questions:
What is a Switch Rod?
Why would I need a switch rod?
What is the optimum reel, line, and leader setup for a switch rod?
The video includes switch rod essentials, application, and instructional footage which may be applied in most fly fishing tactics using single-handed, or two-handed rod casting techniques.
Why Switch Rod?
Switch rods are gaining in popularity for their versatility and performance. They are for the fly fisher who wants to cast with one or two hands whether it's nymphing for trout, launching a shooting head to the other bank, or even trying to avoid the willows behind you with a snake roll spey cast.
If you want to expand your casting technique and you want the ultimate line control, mending, and presentation, switch rods do it all.
Switch Rod Features
A rod that is light enough for single-handed and two-handed casting all day
Additional length of a switch rod amplifies movement, allowing the caster to use less effort and energy in overhead casting
Designed for distance casting
Increased control during the presentation making mending simple
Longer length allows for better hook setting by lifting more line of the water quicker
By using two hands to cast, fatigue is decreased
Good for deep wading conditions.
Perfect for Spey casting techniques which will eliminate false casting, keeping the fly in the water longer and eliminates the need for back-casting room.
Jeff is a full-time Federation of Fly Fishers Certified Single-Handed and Two-Handed Casting Instructor, one of the most sought after instructors on the West Coast! Jeff has released an instructional video series which introduces casting taught from a truly instructional perspective. You will observe the same curriculum as in his on-river private lessons.
Essential fly fishing and casting fundamentals
Valuable instructional series you can review as often you'd like
Widescreen format with 30% more viewing area for today's digital TV technology; no Pan & Scan footage
Convenient chapter navigation menu for quick casting instruction access
The opening Essentials chapters introduce switch rod equipment and accessories, addressing switch rod action & assembly, matching the appropriate reel, and specialty line & leader recommendations to maximize rod performance. Jeff addresses the Poly leader, or Versa leader in respect to the type of casting presentation and water column depth fished.
Learn what the Outfitters won't tell you!
The Applications chapters address nymphing, swinging the fly, mending line, drifting indicators, coastal surf, tributary mouth and estuary/marsh casting & fishing presentation.During the swinging the fly application segment, Jeff highlights how to go deep with the fly and presents the key casting techniques in positioning the rod in medium to fast flowing water. How to fish a fly effectively speeding up and slowing down the swing of your fly, where to position your forward cast to go deep, when to put tension on the fly, and how to maintain control of the flies speed close to the bottom in that key zone are all presented on-the-river.
The Fly Casting Instruction chapters present detailed switch rod casting instruction on the roll cast, anchor point & D-loop, double Spey, snap-t, and snake roll casts presented from several key viewing angles. Our signature on-river overhead casting angle presents a unique display prospective designed to reinforce the casting mechanics for fly fisherman using a switch rod.
Putnam's Notes, are dedicated chapters addressing the common problems of each cast with the final section featuring bonus catch & release fly fishing on-the-river for steelhead.
The DVD is menu driven with the option to play the instruction set as a complete video, a single casting lesson, or a single Putnam's Notes chapter individually.
Jeff possesses a full command of the technical aspects of fly casting as well as a deep appreciation for its artistry and elegance. While Jeff is an experienced instructor who is quick to identify and correct any casting problems, he is also committed to making his fly casting and fishing lessons an enjoyable and personally rewarding experience for each of his students.