Solid comments, as always. The 8 is on the light side, but if you don't try to get the fish in to quickly when they're a little green, with some of the smaller jacks, etc., the 8 wt. will work fine. It's on the light side not just from a fish-fishting standpoint, but also from turning over (when casting) larger flies and for combatting wind. With that said, if you have an 8 weight, take it along. You can pick up some very nice performing 10 weights inexpensively right now. The Rosse Essence FS is out there, in a 4 piece version, for about $120, I believe. Think what it would cost to package up and get fixed from Sage a broken 8 weight, and it makes sense to pick up a rod like that FS . . . get a running line and a couple of 12 weight shooting heads, and you're ready to rock and roll. Like Mingo said, your Galvan T8 is a solid reel, and will work fine for the 8 to 10 weight class.