By Tom Gribble
I remember when I purchased my first fly rod in 1993. I remember when I sold most of my fly fishing gear at the beginning of this darn recession. The switch rod craze caught me, and this would be a great time to reinvent myself as a fly fisherman. I purchased a Temple Fork Outfitters Deer Creek switch rod. This switch rod has a simple design by Bob Meiser and Mike Kinney. The rod is rated as an 8wt and for 400-600 grains and is 11 feet in length. The thread used on the blank is copper, and the wraps around the guides are blue. The blank has a great deep cobalt blue color to it. The rod blank in certain lights looks black almost. The ferrules of the rod blank are marked with alignment dots. The dots allow the angler to ensure he or she is putting the rod together correctly. The rods action is medium-slow. I have used this rod all over the Great Lakes Region. I have chosen two lines for this rod. I use the Scientific Angler Supra Skagit line WF-8-F that is rated for 550 grains. I have picked up a Scientific Angler Steelhead Master Series WF fly line in a 10wt. This line on this rod balances well. I use this line when I strap on a bobber to my line. The reel that I do use is the Orvis Large Arbor Battenkill Number 5. I cut 10 feet off the running line and now the line and 300 yards of gel spun backing fits like a dream. I have used several tips with this rod. I use T-8 in 2’, 3’, 4’, 5’, 6’, 7’, and 8’ lengths. I also use T-11 in 2’, 3’, 4’, 5’, 6’, 7’, and 8’ lengths. The power in the rod is amazing, and very light to cast all day. I have found myself with the correct conditions casting across medium size rivers and large creeks easily. The handle set up on the rod is spot on. There is ample room to change our hand anchor position with very little problem. The rear handle is the perfect shape and size in my opinion. I have targeted fish on larger Ohio River tributaries White Bass and Whipers. I have nothing but praise to say about the rod on those species of fish. I have also swung traditional tube flies for smallies and steelhead on large New York tributaries with no problem. The price point of this rod is $349.95, and accompanied by the warranty in my book it’s as good as gold. If you have any questions at all please contact me.