Last weekend at IFTD we told you a little bit about two new products in the world of spey – TCX switch rods from Sage, and Steelhead Scandi heads from Rio.
We thought they were both pretty interesting, so we asked George Cook, Pacific Northwest angling stalwart, to make a few casts at the spey pond and tell us more.
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Here are the highlights:
- The TCX switch rods come on the heels of the very popular 7126-4 TCX (aka The Death Star).
- Their 11’9″ length (pretty long for a switch rod) makes them more spey-oriented than overhead-cast oriented.
- They come in 5, 6, 7, and 8 weight versions.
- The Rio Steelhead Scandi head was brought out specifically for anglers in the Pacific Northwest.
- It’s basically a shorter version of the AFS head.
- It’s designed for more positive turnover of polyleaders in the 6- to 10-foot range.