Discussion in 'Steelhead' started by Maxwell Smart, Oct 25, 2005.
I need to replace my 8 weight steelhead rod. I am interested in a single handle. Any suggestions?
Don't overlook St. Croix, moderate price and great customer service. I have both a 7 & 8 weight and love em' both!
What's your budget? Are you looking for a workhorse or a work of art?
~$200 you probably can't beat TFO
~$600 take your pick of the best on the market. They're all amazing.
I have an 8 wt TFO and love it.
8 wt tfo ticrx - you'll love it.
I have an 8wt 9'6" St. Croix Avid. Which I truely like but I had it before they came out with the TFO's. But If I had a choice I would get one of those rods. The Ticr.
I just bought a 4 pc. 8wt. TFO TiCR and absoluetly love it. Best $200 rod on the market that I have tried. It is a cannon for shooting line and it has a great backbone for fighting fish. Can't say enough good things about it.
TFO TiCR or TiCR-X are awesome , even the Pro is a great rod if really on a budget
Here are a few
Sage DS2 908-4 piece...very good rod..medium action...can still find great deals on ebay (under 150.00 and maybe a lot cheaper)
The TFO's ...From Pro to TicrX ....great value for $, great service, very good rod
St. Croixs Imperial...good rod, great service and for under 170.00 (4 piece)
Their Avid series was just redesigned...low 200's
St. Croix Legend Ultra very good rod, great service...around 300.00-340.00
Redington CPS (Have heard nothing but great things...comared to XP) great looking rod with nice components..mid 200's for 4 piece...I believe Mingo got himself a 9 weight recently...ask him how it is treating him.
Many options and hard to go wrong with a rod when time and testing them is part of the purchasing equation.
Some ideas at least
under 210.00 is hands down the Ticr 8wt 9' 4pc ( NEEDS TO BE IN A 10' !!! )
under 350.00 is a no contest winner St Croix Legend Ultra 4pc 8wt 10'
under 700.00 is the Steelhead-money-maker Loomis GLX Classic or Cross Current 4pc 8wt 10'
The best dollar for dollar quality Steelhead rod is no doubt the St Croix Legend Ultras IPC 10'
Of course this is one man's opinion...and nothing more.
What length are you going for?
What type of price range?
If going for a 8 weight over 9 feet it would be hard to been the bIIx Whinston.
Whatever you decide make sure it has a lifetime unconditional warranty and that the company wont go out of business. The reason is that it is too easy to break 8 weights, and you might need to replace the rod someday.
I am sure that there are many that have never broken an 8 weight, but believe me when I say that it happens all the time.
...In YOUR OPINION, what rod do you think is the best dollar for dollar Mr. Porter?
I've said it before, I'll say it again, go to a shop and cast some rods before you buy one.
These threads always amuse me because everyone posts what their rod is and how sweet it is.
8wt 4pc TFO TiCr overlined by one or two weights.
I have a Sage DS2 8 wt. 2 piece with a Tioga reel w/spare spool. Custom made Skagit style line w/tips and a WF floating line. I will sell for $400.00.
Maybe a Loomis 8 wt 9' 9" crosscurrent? You could use it in the salt too.
One consideration with an 8wt steelhead rod is guide size. Multiple tip lines need bigger ones to go through smoothly. Many overlook this feature. TFO's are great rods with smooth lines but not with tips in my opinion. My 9'6" Pro series has lots of backbone in the butt for bigger fish but the guides are too small for my Versa Tip line. I've discussed this with my dealer and he agrees. I have an older Loomis Adventure series 9'6" with large diameter guides that is great with tips even though it has a softer action.
You might consider a Sage VPS. The VPS line of rods is very well regarded, but Sage is phasing them out. With a little looking around, you can find very good deals on VPS rods right now. I know Patrick's Fly Shop (a board sponsor) has some in stock - I think they're selling a rod that used to retail at around $400 for $250. The only other thing I would add is that my personal preference is for a longer rod - 9'6" or 10' (what am I saying - both my 8 wts. are 9'6" but I sometimes lust after a 10 footer) because they are more effective for mending line. If money were no object, I would get a Sage XP in a 9'6" or 10'. I like supporting a local company who builds their rods in the good ol' USA.