Your pick: Best 8 Weight under $500

chrome/22

For him there whould always be the riddle of steel
#1
What say you all ? I'm looking for a rod to fish steelhead & coho on the OP & and a saltwater trip or two per year out of La Push Or Neah.

Seem to like the faster action rods, not that great on casting yet but working on it...:cool:


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yellowlab

Active Member
#2
I am biased but I'd look for a used GLX Classic 9'6" 4 piece. Used, because they can be found for under $400 IF you can locate one and they don't make them anymore. Considered the benchmark of all modern fast action fly rods.
 

Porter

Active Member
#3
I have not casted the GLX in an eight , but I would consider the XP and place it in the same category...in terms of performance and the 400'ish price.

The G.Loomis GL3 1088-4 is a very underrated rod,,,discontinued in 4 piece ?????, can get for 200'ish

Some of those new Echo's are catching on with a lot of folks...might be worth checking out.
 
#5
Yes, the GLoomis GLX Classics or Native run. For the salt, no question is the GLoomis GLX Cross Current. These rods retail well over 6oo.oo, but can be found commonly between 4-5oo.oo .

Ive had them ALL but Im well in peace with the lesser GLoomis non-glx cross currents and Redingtons RS4 rods.
 

Ethan G.

I do science.. on fish..
#8
I say look for a used "premium" rod in good condition for that much. You could probably pick up a very nice rod. A fast, 9'6"-10' 8wt. will do awesome for steelheading on the Peninsula. The extra length really helps. I say look for anything in the Sage RPL family, XPs are excellent, and I hear the Loomis GLXs are awesome, but I have never cast one personally.

Currently, I run a 10' Sage RPL+ and it does everything I could possibly need to do for steelheading and saltwater, except perhaps the widest runs. A spey comes in handy there, but that's another story.
-Ethan
 

Ed Call

Well-Known Member
#11
Agree on the used premiums. Sage Z, XP, VT. Loomis GLX. I have at least one of these rods in various weights, each one is so amazing in the hands of an untalented caster (me). I'm sure there are more out there, but these are ones I've had my hands on and casted.
 

chrome/22

For him there whould always be the riddle of steel
#12
As of now I have a new Redington RS4 in the 896-4, no thoughts on it yet. A 4 day trip to the OP might give some insights.

Was able to just cast a demo Z-Axis 10' 8 Wt. today w/ a WF 8 line on it. Might just my inexperience as a caster but I thought this one would have a faster action, than it felt to me



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Richard E

Active Member
#13
What say you all ? I'm looking for a rod to fish steelhead & coho on the OP & and a saltwater trip or two per year out of La Push Or Neah.

Seem to like the faster action rods, not that great on casting yet but working on it...:cool:


c/22
Used or new? Each has its benefits . . .
 

Richard E

Active Member
#14
As of now I have a new Redington RS4 in the 896-4, no thoughts on it yet. A 4 day trip to the OP might give some insights.

Was able to just cast a demo Z-Axis 10' 8 Wt. today w/ a WF 8 line on it. Might just my inexperience as a caster but I thought this one would have a faster action, than it felt to me



c/22.
Three hours after your initial posting . . . did you already have this rod, or did you run out and buy a new one immediately after the first post?
 

Chris Puma

hates waking up early
#15
If your such an inexperienced caster then this thread is pointless. You could pick up any rod and it would do you just fine. You're overthinking in my opinion.