We love the Redington Claymore switch rods for everything from steelhead to coho & kings salmon. At 11′ 6″ in length and offered in a 7 or 8 weight, the Claymore will handle bruising salmon or steelhead. Equally adept at bombing long overhead casts or finessing switch casts in tight quarters, this rod will be your new favorite.
Redington Claymore Switch Rods
Note that switch rod sizes do not correspond to single hand rod sizes. The general rule of thumb, in terms of determining how big a switch rod will feel, is to add 1 1/2 to 2 sizes to a single hand rod. So a 7 weight switch rod will perform like a 9 foot rod in the 8 1/2 to 9 weight size. (We know they don’t make an “8 1/2 weight rod” but think of it as a very stout 8 weight.)
The 7116-4 is the all-around big trout, silvers and steelhead rod in Alaska. The 8116-4 will handle enormous coho, kings in the 20lb range and the largest of steelhead.
Whether you’re in the pursuit of wild steelhead or just enjoy swinging soft hackles on your local trout stream, the CLAYMORE Two-Handed Rod was designed to handle the needs of any battlefield. This fast action rod family is built using a smooth yet powerful blank, making for intuitive touch-and-go style casts when fishing classic style patterns early season as well as turning over the heaviest of sink tips during the colder months of winter. Offered in everything from a lightweight 2wt Trout Spey to 13 ½ foot 8wt Spey, the CLAYMORE rod family will cover any run you might find yourself in. With features that include a down locking reel seat for improved balanced and Polymer Pinch Grips for increased line control, the CLAYMORE makes casting a two-hander more enjoyable and less like you’re swinging a medieval weapon around. So go ahead, grab on with two hands and enjoy a day swinging your favorite run.
Brad Elfers has been a fly fishing & river guide in Alaska since 1993.He opened Alaska Fly Fishing Goods in 1998.
Get an expert answer to your Alaska fly fishing and travel question! See answered questions.