Combining Two Movements: Glass Switch Rods

April 20, 2012 By: Benjamin Clary

In part thanks to Cameron Mortenson and his blog The Fiberglass Manifesto,  fiberglass, once considered outmoded, has made quite a resurgence in the past few years.  At the same time, the switch rod, basically a two-handed rod that is shorter than a full size spey rod, has also become increasingly popular in numerous locales.  So why not the two together?

On his blog, Mortenson has posted thoughts from angler Bill Ingersoll on his experience casting a 10-foot, 6-weight Yellow Glass Series by Graywolf Rods.  Before you laugh off what you might believe is merely a fad, Ingersoll’s thoughts are worth a gander.  Because a spey cast is basically a roll cast with a change of direction—a cast that fiberglass excels in—it makes sense that glass would be more effective than stiffer graphite rods.  In the end, Ingersollar, who describes himself as “not even close to being a glass geek,” is impressed by the potential.