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Quick & Dirty Indicator Line for a Switch Rod

For those of us who have been around this business for a while, we have probably collected a drawer full of unused lines. If you do have an old short or mid belly line hanging around, collecting dust it’s a potential indicator line for a switch rod.

All that needs to be done is to cut the line where the running line joins the rear taper, loop it and hook it up to your reel the wrong way around. With the heavy belly and the short rear taper facing forward, you now have an excellent junk turner.

Don’t worry about a precise match of line weight to rod as at the most, we’re only casting 20’ or 30’ of line usually when indicator fishing. An 8 or 9 wt. line will work fine reversed on an 7 wt. switch rod. A little heavier or a little lighter won’t make much difference.