Tom, your 8wt would do just fine, that is what I use for all my salmon fishing. Though if you are in the market for a new rod and that itch is a itchin, well I've been there too and a new rod scratches that itch pretty well. Even, I'm usually fishing during the week, with the exeption of last week where I sorta just veggied out at home. I'll probably be on the Sky all week, with a possible trip to the Stilly. I work in the evenings, so I get to do some fishing in the day. I too am waiting for the Chum to start running, but at the same time hoping I'm not as dissapointed as last year (which was supposed to be a good run).