Our deflection charts have been so popular in the past that we decided to include them again. Our appologies, we had to send many of the trout switch rods back to the manufaturers before we had a chance to deflect them, so above you can only see how the trout spey rods deflected. As you can see there is a lot more variation than deflecting 9’#5 weights, which were all pretty similar. Keep in mind it is more difficult to compare how these rods bend to another since they are different lengths. Still, you can see which rods were stiffer and which were softer, which translated to how they performed on the water.
In making the deflection charts, we placed the rods at approximately a 45-degree angle and then hang a lead weight of 3.9 oz. from the tip top, (this is the same amount we used for right for the 9′ 5 weight rods). In hind sight we probably should have used a 6.2 ounce weight, (which is what we used for the 9′ 8 weight rods), as it would have shown a deeper bend and it would be easier to see which rods were faster (bent down more) and slower (little bend in the tip).