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Sage TCX Switch Rods
Switch rods or Baby Speys, whatever you call them, they are very cool.

Larry Barrett examines a Deschutes steelhead landed with a 5119-4 TCX & 310 Steelhead Scandi.
The high performance TCX Switch rods will continue to be hot items in 2012. A new series in 2010, there is no price change for 2012 making them real bargains. TCX is regarded by many knowledgeable anglers as the best overall series of switch rods available. We have used all four models of these rods extensively under a wide variety of fishing conditions. We really like the way they handle. It is easy to like a rod that makes you look good on the water. These rods have fast "technical" actions and generate blazing line speed, but are very user friendly.

Mark Bachmann measures a Sandy river Steelhead landed with a 5119-4 TCX and a 350 Skagit Flight.
TCX Switch rods may be cast with either one hand or both hands. They really excell when used as two-handers. Josh Linn came up with the term "Baby Spey Rod" to describe their action, and the term stuck. As small two-handers, they have proven to be versatile and adaptable beyond belief, fishing both floating Scandi lines and sinking-tip Skagit lines with equal ease and sophistication.
Related Articles On TCX Switch Rods:

Sage TCX Switch Rods New for 2010, by Josh Linn 09/13/10
Sage 5119-4 TCX Winter Steelhead In The Extreme, by Mark Bachmann 03/07/11
Potent Medicine: Sage TCX Switch & 3800CF Reel, by Mark Bachmann 02/14/11

Sage 5119-4 TCX

Length: 11'9" Line: 5 Pieces: 4

Sage TCX Switch Rod

Sage says: The little guy of the group. Small but powerful. Western streamer swingin’ stick, lake and beach too, small steelhead use, for such haunts as the Rogue, Grande Ronde and John Day.
We say: Ya! It also does a whole lot more, including launch bullets into the wind, while providing the delicacy to fool jaded steelhead in rivers that are populated by too many other anglers. This rod had about the same amount of back-bone as a 10-foot 7-weight single hander, which is about the right size to be very useful in a lot of summer run situations.
the 5119-4 TCX also proved to be a very good rod for fishing normal size tube flies for winter steelhead when combined with a 350-grain skagit flight and a 12 1/2' T-8 M.O.W tip.
Line Match
: Skagit Short 325, Skagit Flight 350, Steelhead Scandi 310, AFS 5/6, Outbound WF-6 (beach/lake), Rio Switch 5/6
Sink Tip Use
: 15’ 109 Type 3, 6 & 8, T-8/T-11 in 10’ & 12.5’, 6’ & 10’ Spey VersiLeaders All Types (SH Scandi/AFS)
Reel Match
: Sage 4580, Sage 4280, Tibor Everglades, Sage 3880
Rod weight: 5 1/4 oz.
Item Series Line Wt. Action Handle Price To Top
5119-4 TCX 5 Fast C $840 SALE ENDED

Sage 6119-4 TCX

Length: 11'9" Line: 6 Pieces: 4

Sage TCX Switch Rod

Small steelhead, Alaska Rainbows and Dollies, beach weapon de jour/lake tool.

Line Match
: Skagit Flight 350, Steelhead Scandi 350, Skagit Short 375, AFS 5/6, Rio Switch 6/7
Sink Tip Use
: 15’ 109 & 129 Type 3, 6 & 8, T-8/T-11 in 10’ & 12.5’, 6’ & 10’ Spey VersiLeaders All Types (SH Scandi/AFS) M.O.W. Match: T-8/Light & T-11/Medium
Reel Match
: Sage 4210, Tibor Everglades, Sage 6080
Item Series Line Wt. Action Handle Price To Top
6119-4 TCX 6 Fast C $845 SALE ENDED

Sage 7119-4 TCX

Length: 11'9" Line: 7 Pieces: 4

Sage TCX Switch Rod

As with most Switch rods, the #7 represents the 30.06 of Switch. From Alaska Rainbows to Oregon Coastal Steelhead to Tierra Del Fuego Sea-Run Brows, the 7 plays big. Not overkill for Trout but big enough for Anadramous Critters, here is your all-purpose player.
Line Match:
Skagit Flight 400, Steelhead Scandi 385, Skagit Short 425, AFS 6/7, Rio Switch 7/8
Sink Tip Use:
15’ 109 & 129 Type 3, 6 & 8, T-8/T-11/T-14 in 10’ & 12.5’, 6’ & 10’ Spey VersiLeaders All Types (SH Scandi/AFS) M.O.W. Match: T-8/Light,T-11/Medium & T-14/Heavy
Reel Match:
Sage 4210, Tibor Signature 7-9, Sage 6080
Rod weight: 5 3/4 oz.
Item Series Line Wt. Action Handle Price To Top
7119-4 TCX 7 Fast C $850 SALE ENDED

Sage 8119-4 TCX

Length: 11'9" Line: 8 Pieces: 4

Sage TCX Switch Rod

Wow, you gotta try this one! Talk about power in a light package. Focused Anadramous Switch rod, steelhead anywhere, smaller Atlantic salmon venues, Sea-Run Browns, Coastal Steelhead tight-quarter focus. You will be shocked at the distances this rod will produce.
Line Match: Skagit Flight 450, Steelhead Scandi 435, Skagit Short 475, AFS 7/8, Rio Switch 8/9
Sink Tip Use:
15’ 129 & 150 Type 3, 6 & 8, T-8/T-11/T-14 in 10’, 11’ & 12.5’, 6’ & 10’ Spey VersiLeaders All Types (SH Scandi/AFS) M.O.W. Match: T-8/Light,T-11/Medium & T-14/Heavy
Reel Match:
Sage 6010, Tibor Signature 7-9, Sage 3810, Sage 4210
Rod weight: 5 7/8 oz.
Item Series Line Wt. Action Handle Price To Top
8119-4 TCX 8 Fast C $855 SALE ENDED

Maxima Leader
Nothing Beats Maxima.
Maxima Chameleon Maxima Clear Maxima Ultra Green Leader Formulas

Maxima Tippet Material.  Many anglers believe that there is no stronger more durable leader material than Maxima. Period. It has gained fanatical following of the most renowned trout, bass, steelhead, salmon and saltwater anglers. This is because of its 100% constancy and total reliability. Maxima has a high durability finish that avoids nicks and abrasions. This finish also helps to control knot slippage, which is a major factor in knot breakage.


Maxima Chameleon
Maxima Chameleon is very hard and abrasion resistant tippet material. Its dark brown color is infrared sensitive to blend with the surroundings when submerged. It is best when fishing deep. For those reasons it has become the most popular salmon and steelhead tippet.

Stock No. Pound Test Diameter Length Price To top
MAXCH02
Chameleon
2 lb. .005 27 yd. $3.15 SALE ENDED
MAXCH04
Chameleon
4 lb. .007 27 yd. $3.15 SALE ENDED
MAXCH06
Chameleon
6 lb. .009 27 yd. $3.15 SALE ENDED
MAXCH08
Chameleon
8 lb. .010 27 yd. $3.15 SALE ENDED
MAXCH10
Chameleon
10 lb. .012 27 yd. $4.05 SALE ENDED
 MAXCH12
Chameleon
12 lb. .013 27 yd. $4.05 SALE ENDED
MAXCH15
Chameleon
15 lb. .015 27 yd. $4.05 SALE ENDED
MAXCH20
Chameleon
20 lb. .017 27 yd. $4.05 SALE ENDED
MAXCH25
Chameleon
25 lb. .020 27 yd. $4.90 SALE ENDED
MAXCH30
Chameleon
30 lb. .022 17 yd. $4.90 SALE ENDED
MAXCH40
Chameleon
40 lb. .024 17 yd. $4.90 SALE ENDED

Maxima Clear
Maxima Clear has the same properties as Chameleon except it doesn't contain the infrared sensitive dye. It has a non-reflective finish that makes it nearly invisible under most light and water conditions. Clear is a good choice for all situations where a dark colored tippet is not appropriate such as surface steelhead or saltwater flats fishing.

Stock No. Pound Test Diameter Length Price To top
MAXCL02
Clear
2 lb. .005 27 yd. $3.15 SALE ENDED
MAXCL04
Clear
4 lb. .007 27 yd. $3.15 SALE ENDED
MAXCL06
Clear
6 lb. .009 27 yd. $3.15 SALE ENDED
MAXCL08
Clear
8 lb. .010 27 yd. $3.15 SALE ENDED
MAXCL10
Clear
10 lb. .012 27 yd. $4.05 SALE ENDED
 MAXCL12
Clear
12 lb. .013 27 yd. $4.05 SALE ENDED
MAXCL15
Clear
15 lb. .015 27 yd. $4.05 SALE ENDED
MAXCL20
Clear
20 lb. .017 27 yd. $4.05 SALE ENDED
MAXCL25
Clear
25 lb. .020 27 yd. $4.90 SALE ENDED
MAXCL30
Clear
30 lb. .022 17 yd. $4.90 SALE ENDED
MAXCL40
Clear
40 lb. .024 17 yd. $4.90 SALE ENDED

Maxima Ultra Green
Maxima Ultra Green is supple and softer than either Chameleon or Clear. It is nearly invisible in most river and lake water. It has good knot strength and is very popular for fishing nymphs or dry flies for trout.

Stock No. Pound Test Diameter Length Price To top
MAXUG02
Ultra Green
2 lb. .005 27 yd. $3.15 SALE ENDED
MAXUG04
Ultra Green
4 lb. .007 27 yd. $3.15 SALE ENDED
MAXUG05
Ultra Green
5 lb. .008 27 yd. $3.15 SALE ENDED
MAXUG06
Ultra Green
6 lb. .009 27 yd. $3.15 SALE ENDED
MAXUG08
Ultra Green
8 lb. .010 27 yd. $3.15 SALE ENDED
MAXUG10
Ultra Green
10 lb. .012 27 yd. $4.05 SALE ENDED
 MAXUG12
Ultra Green
12 lb. .013 27 yd. $4.05 SALE ENDED
MAXUG15
Ultra Green
15 lb. .015 27 yd. $4.05 SALE ENDED
MAXUG20
Ultra Green
20 lb. .017 27 yd. $4.05 SALE ENDED
MAXUG25
Ultra Green
25 lb. .020 27 yd. $4.90 SALE ENDED

Steelhead/Salmon Tapered Leader Formulas For: Maxima Leader
          04X 02X 01X 1X
  .024 .022 .020 .017 .015 .013 .012 .010
  40 lb. 30 lb. 25 lb. 20 lb. 15 lb. 12 lb. 10 lb. 8 lb.
4' 01X     12"   12"   24"  
5' 01X     15"   15"   30"  
6' 01X     24"   18"   30"  
10' 02X 38" 20" 14" 12' 12' 24"    
10' 01X   40" 32" 8" 8" 8" 24"  
10' 1X   40" 32" 6" 6" 6" 6" 24"
12' 02X 48" 22" 16" 15" 14" 29"    
12' 01X   46" 40" 10" 10" 9" 29"  
12' 1X   46 40' 7" 7" 7" 7" 30"
15' 02X 50" 32" 26" 18" 18" 36"    
15' 01X 50" 32" 26" 12" 12" 12" 36"  

CLA Game Fair Spey Casting Championships
By Travis Johnson


Blenhiem Palace 
As I sit down and begin to write this, I am still trying to shake the last bit of jet lag out of my eyes. The time that I have been back has been plugged by guide trips and shop time. The reality of the trip not setting in until now. The things I saw, the people I met, and the things I accomplished are now starting to weigh on my mind.

The Bridge at Carron, what a site!!
The weather in Scotland reminded me of Portland, Oregon as I stepped out of the Glasgow airport. The 63 degree rainy air made it feel like home. James was waiting for me when I arrived and with a heavy hand shake and smiles we were off. The drive from Glasgow to Kilsyth was short and sweet, mainly because James and I were catching up and talking fishing, history, and the gamefair. Before I was even able to drop off my bags and situate my things. James had pulled into a small gravel parking lot where there were about 5 other cars already. James winked, smiled, and said "lets go meet the boys". I realized then where I was. We were at "The Quarry". The Quarry is a distance casters dream, with a ton or room, it's easy to wade, and has a solid platform. There is a high cliff 62 yards from the platform that makes a great target and measuring tape if you catch my drift.

James, the man, the myth, and legend.

The boys at the quarry were all ages and casting levels. Everyone of them had the bug, they wanted to be better casters. The quarry has just a great atmosphere and it is relaxing and fishing stories and small talk jokes and laughter were all common. To all the boys at "The Quarry" you guys kick ass!

Getting some good practice at "the Quarry"
There is not enough to be said about James Chalmers. He is many things. A line wizard, casting bad ass, history major, and has more connections to the fishing world than maybe anybody I have ever met. James got the job of looking after me for the duration of my trip. If that was not enough, the man even managed to put together some fishing time on the River Spey. James you are the man, and a great friend. I will be seeing you real soon buddy.

Malcolm, Duffer, and I fishing the Spey.

As the week pushed on the practices started to mean more. Then with the arrival of Gerard Downey aka "the Champ" we really started getting ready. All the team members preparing themselves for the up and coming battle. James, Ian, Gerard, and myself were living the life of a distance caster training at an Olympic level. Eating, sleeping, and living for nothing but spey casting. I must admit I did fall in love with the roll & sausage with a tattie scone and the brown sauce. A lovely way to start your day. Couple that with a nice spot of tea and milk, now your talking. Breakfast of casting champions. I also had to dabble in the world of Mt. Dew substitutions. The only thing that's was recommended was Irn Bru. A super caffeinated version of Fanta, American Fanta I must say not the UK version. Here and there I was able to get a hold of the good Dr. Pepper. For the most part high octane caffeine drinks were scarce.


Got to support the team.

On the other hand I did try a few of the local beers and some of them were stellar. Being from the North West we pride ourselves on good beer. The couple I will mention might not make the top of the list here, were very good beers and even here would receive high marks. The first was 70 shilling, and the second was John Smith's Extra Smooth. Awesome amber colored full flavored beer if your are in the UK and are in need of a good beer you can use these recommendations.

One of the fine UK beers I sampled.

Now it was time to make the pilgrimage to England for the big show! Big was an understatement. The CLA gamefair was easily one of the best run, organizes, and largest venue of any kinda I have ever been to. The energy of the show is electric, make one just boil with excitement. Over the 3 days that I was at the fair, I don't think I managed to see even 20% of the stuff. This place is massive. Upon entering the gates of the fair on Friday, promptly at 8:30 am we made the almost 3/4 mile walk to the Spey casting platform. Just as I thought things were already underway. The team quickly assembled our weapons. taking a close look at our leaders and running lines before our first shots at the platform. The first set of casts and the last set of casts at the CLA will be etched in my mind forever. The morning was the coolest of the days at the gamefair. the wind slightly blowing from right to left. not real great for a right handed caster. The other competitors trickling in, and everybody sizing one another up. There was nobody stand offish or anything like that at all. Everybody there was super happy and friendly, better yet loved distance Spey Casting. Talking lines, rods, and running lines and leaders was just like at the comps back home. We all share similar ideas no matter where in the world you are. anxiously I walked over and placed my name on the heat list. Waiting for my named to be called I took my first real good look at the course. The 30 degree angle change seemed narrow, and the direction of the cast was what I though odd when compared to the casting platform. The buoys seemed to stretch forever, highlighting every 10 meters with a bright orange buoy. By the time I was able to get in my first set of casts, the gamefair was in full swing. People everywhere, going every direction. Stepping out on to the casting platform my hands started to sweat. I politely intro ducted myself to the Judge on the platform. quickly judging the wind, I saw the boat judges raise there hands to signal that they were ready to begin. The platform judge started counting down from 5, 4. I now new that at 1 it was go time, 3..2. I looked quickly down the rod to make sure that the line was not wrapped. 1!! At the CLA you must start casting with the leader in your hand. Making part of your 4 min. getting the line out and enough running line off the reel so that if you do hit a big cast your ready. I was ready for this, at home I had practiced under a timed situation. I pulled off the shooting head and set it up then went to stripping off the running line. 25 pulls should do it. Trying to relax I made a few switch casts attempting to get the feel of the rod I had been casting now for a week. Finally I felt the tip on that one, I told myself. Here we go! Life seemed to be in slow motion. I watched the anchor touch the water and I was into my forward progress. The tip loaded and off was my first cast. Being the first American caster over to the CLA in about 7 or 8 years, I was under to watchful eye of the casters as well as the crowed. My first cast was good not great but good. Now the feeling of confidence came over me. From that point on I just seemed to get smoother and better, making me feel more and more confident casting on the platform.


Getting some casts in the night before the finals.

The days went by so fast, everything after that kinda a blur. All that came to a screeching halt when Gerard Downey, good friend and also a member of the Carron Casting team. Late on the morning of Sunday the 24 of July made history right in front of the world myself included. when he Broke his own world record!! From the perpendicular vantage point I had that cast was the second must impressive cast I have ever seen. The first most impressive happen later that day when Gerard again smash that record in the finals of the CLA. On his last cast in true championship form he set a distance in Spey casting that I think will be around for a while. 70.63 meters is a long ways out there. I thought that I was casting well and a cast like that can just reset you perspective on the possibility of the Spey casting. Gerard you are nothing short of a true gentleman and that was a pleasure to watch. Another part of the trip I won't ever forget.


The guys and I holding the weekends winnings.

The crowed and myself started to settle down as "The Champ" walked off the platform. A standing ovation was given, and rightly so. The powers that be quickly assembled the top 6 finalist for a photo and to start the awards ceremony. 3 members of the Carron team made the finals. Carron received a first and a second. All were there to witness a new milestone in casting with a new world record in the books. Plus we brought home the manufactures trophy. What a week! I can't wait until next years CLA. I might already be practicing.
I would say I had the time of my life. As it is with most great experiences the people you are with make the trip. Thanks again Big Ian, James, Malcolm, Gerard, and all the boys at the quarry. You made my trip worth every second.


The Champ in action.

To anybody interested in the CLA gamefair, here is the link Gamefair. If you are interested in competition casting, I would start here Carron rods and lines.


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