I personally believe the Switch Rod was invented for the Mid West and intended to be used on the PereMarquetteRiver. It’s the perfect size rod for small stream Steelhead fishing. If your a Mid West Steelhead angler you must have a Switch Rod in your quiver, as it’s the most versatile fishing tool to date.
If your looking for a Switch Rod that cast better then any other rod on the market and is tough, yet light in the hand, and best of all it wont break the bank. Do yourself a favor and pick-up the Echo3 8110 (11′ 0″ #8 weight). I have fallen in love with this rod, it has been my go to swing stick. It’s fast, snappy and deadly accurate, perfect for small rivers, especially those with lots of overhang. I started fishing this rod late last Fall along with Walt Grau, a close friend and fishing guide. We both feel the same about them and can’t believe how tuff they are. I fish the early season with a 450 grain Airflo Compact Skagit and once the water get colds I match it up with Airflo Skagit Intermediate 450 grain. This line was designed by myself and other Great Lakes Steelheader’s for our rivers. It’s also the perfect match on the Echo 3 8110 switch. The rod picks up the Intermediate Line with ease, loads it well and delivers it on target.
I don’t get to swing flies during the peak of our Season here on the PereMarquetteRiver because I’m busy Guiding. I often become jealous watching my clients crack hot chrome Steelhead in November on the swing. This fall I had the opportunity to do some fishing for fresh Steelhead a little earlier then normal. With heavy rains, came high water which brought some early fish into the rivers this fall. It just so happened to be the same time I take off a few days to Bow Hunt for Whitetails. However this was a great opportunity to chase chrome on the swing the Deer hunting was going to have to wait. It was a good move, Walt and I had some great fishing and really put the Echo 3 to the test on some really fresh fish. These fish were hot with warm water temps. A number of them hit like freight trains and it was off to the races, a couple of fish even took us deep into the backing. A pretty exciting day on the water with a good friend and a great Rod.