DXF 10’6″ 5-weight wins “best mid-priced rod” and “Best overall rod (available today)” in the 2017 Yellowstone Angler Switch Trout Rod Shootout!
Your new trout switch winner by default – The Douglas DXF! The DXF series has been a favorite of ours since we first tested it in our 2015 9’ 5-weight shootout. We were happy to see that the trend of excellent design, terrific performance, and a reasonable price continues with the 10’6” 5-weight switch rod. The DXF looks and performs like a rod that should cost twice as much as it does.
At only 7.3 ounces, the DXF has the second lightest swing weight in the test, following the Orvis Helios 2. You can easily high stick this rod all day without over tiring your arm, enabling you to get incredibly long and perfect drifts out of the drift boat. It is also feels light and easy to cast, even with a heavy indicator rig.
The DXF blanks are finished in a tasteful matte forest green color with matching dark green wraps over hard chrome stripper and snake guides. Easy assembly alignment dots are used. The anodized aluminum up-lock reel seat isn’t too fancy but the two lock rings secure the reel adequately. The cork handle has a nice shape and the quality of the cork is very good. A Cordura cover hard case and cloth bag are included.
Now that the Orvis H2 switch rod has been discontinued, this is the nicest trout switch rod we’ve found on the market, and at $425 it’s a great bargain!
Very light in the hand, only the Orvis H2 felt lighter. Fast action but a tad bit slower than the H2. Significantly faster faster action than the St. Croix Imperial, Beulah Platinum, and Redington Dually. Good recovery and plenty of power to set the hook.
See the entire shootout details here: