Sunday, June 28, 2015

Redington CPX Switch Rod 7wt 11'3'' Review

Redington CPX Switch Rod 7WT

It can be difficult to get into the double handed fly rod game on a budget. You need something that casts well and will be put to use for the trips to come. Switch rods average at about $300 and with a matching reel, line, and sink tips it can get expensive.

The Sierra Trading Post webstore is a fantastic place to look for anything outdoors. More often than not they will have 30-35% coupons for anything over $100. This is where I found my first affordable switch rod, the Redington CPX switch.

Here is my outfit:
Redington CPX 7wt 11'3'' Switch Rod
Redington Surge 7/8/9 Reel
Rio Switch Chucker Fly Line

Redington CPX Switch Rod 7wt 11'3'' Review
The Redington CPX Switch rod was a fantastic rod that marketed at $350 in 2009 until it was discontinued for the newer Redington Dually and Redington Prospector.
I'll be honest in that I've never cast another switch rod but... this one is a good one. Double hand casting, like most fly fishing, is hard but not impossible to learn how to do on your own. Once you get the hang of it it becomes second-nature. The Redington CPX switch was a great rod to begin learning how to spey cast with.

Single-Hand Casting
  • The single overhand casting on this rod is pretty tough. The rod is heavy which makes it difficult to back cast back and forth for a double haul. The only time I overhand hand cast is to get the shooting head out.
  • If you can single hand cast well then your cast will get quite the distance. However, you will get fatigued really fast if that's the cast you perform all day.

Spey Swinging for Shad

Double-Hand Casting
  • This is where the Redington CPX Switch shines. Who the heck wants a double handed rod to cast single handed anyway? The rod throws great long loops once the proper technique is learned. Each cast is pretty accurate and depending on your line and tip, a lot of different weighted flies can be thrown with relative ease. With the current line I'm using I've found that the heavier the fly, the better the presentation.


The Look
  • The CPX's black blank is average looking at best and won't win any beauty contests on the river.
  • The reel seat has a pretty neat design pattern.
  • No hook keeper.
The Feel
  • The CPX can be an ounce heavier (~6.0oz) than most newer Redington switch rod models like the Dually.
  • The tip feels heavy and a bit noodly.
  • The heavier rod makes up for it in durability. I've accidentally smacked trees and bushes while casting and have yet to see a single scratch. There is a lot of power in the butt of the blank and the finish is nearly scratch resistant.

In Practice
  • The fly line you decide to use will significantly determine what you want to do with the CPX. I use the CPX primarily for swinging flies. The Switch Chucker line does a decent job at turning over versi/poly leaders that I use. Sinking leaders from 5ft - 15ft turn over fairly well with the latter taking a little bit more practice to get right.
  • I've estimated my casting distance at about 40-60ft which is definitely more than enough for the rivers and streams that I fish.
  • Nymphing with the CPX falls a bit below average. The top half of the rod is a bit too heavy and noodly for me to feel comfortable nymphing with. The CPX however does cast indicator rigs very well. 
  • The CPX is sensitive enough to feel little dinks as well as big bruisers. You should have no problem landing 30# fish on the CPX 7WT should you ever hook into one. 

CPX Switch Handle


The CPX is a good rod that performs at its best when swinging flies on skagit type lines. The rod feels a bit heavy but is strong and durable. My CPX comes with me on trips where I plan on swinging for steelhead or American shad. I have tried fishing with the CPX on the surf and on lakes but haven't found a real benefit in using it.
The CPX is a good rod for a beginner looking to get into double-handed fly rod game but I wouldn't recommend it to an experienced double-hand angler at full price just because there are newer and better options out there. The best aspect about the CPX Switch is that I got it for a good price. My only gripe about the CPX is that it has no hook keeper.

+ Can still be found online for a great deal
+ Very durable
+ Four pieces with dots to line up pieces
+ Fun to spey cast with great performance
+ Rod sleeve and tube
+ Fast slightly medium-action
+ Great switch rod for swinging
+ Casts indicator rigs well

- Heavier than newer switch rod models
- No hook keeper
- Difficult and strenuous to single-hand cast
- I would not recommend buying the CPX switch at full price.

Tight Lines!


  1. Hi Matthew,

    Recently I have purchased at a very good price a Redington CPX 11'3 #8 switch rod for Atlantic salmon. I've always fished salmon with double handed rods but for a problem on my shoulder I will try with shorter rods.
    I've a Lamson Litespeed 3.5 reel with a 3x spool and my idea is start with this set CPX 11'3 #8/Litespeed 3,5 reel and an Airflo Rage Compact 480 grains.
    Do you think this set will work well compensated please?.
    I have also read that some fishermen consider this rod as difficult to cast because it is too stiff. I'd like to know your expert opinon about.
    Thanks for your helping and best regards.

  2. Your set up will work great. My Switch Chucker line is 475g and casts different tips just fine.
    If anything the CPX feels more heavy than stiff. Redington considers the action as fast, but I feel like it is more med-fast. I've landed a handful of jumpy fish thanks to the medium flex. As long as your not overhand casting too much you won't be fatigued. The overhand casting is very tiring.
    Once you get in the groove of casting it, you'll be throwing beautiful loops in no time. I can't throw 70ft casts, but I average around 40-50ft which is enough to get my fly to where the fish are.

    1. Thank you very much Matthew.

      Tight lines!!!

  3. I know this is an older thread, but wanted to add my $.02 if people are still looking at this rod. I've owned this exact rod for about 3 years now, and use it for Great Lakes steelhead around Lake Superior- this rod is the perfect match of power, durability, and finesse. Yeah it's a little heavy then other rods, but when the rod is getting banged through branches on the walks to the river or hits the alders behind you on a false hook set, you'll appreciate the build. I mostly indicator fish, and it throws the rig out with little to no effort, yet has the softness to do stack mends and not break up the drift. It's a great fight with large steelhead, and not over powered so much that small ones don't feel like anything. Big Redington fan, and I recommend this rod.