Like I said, an 8wt is an all around rod. Like others have mentioned, if you had the cash, you'd want a whole arsenal. I have quite a few rods in various lengths from 8'6" to 15' from 7wt to 10wt. All for different scenerios. BUT, since you are on a budget. A good 9-9-6" 8wt will at least put you into more species then any other. Like mentioned, a bit overgunned for some, undergunned for others. But will get you by until you collect a few more rods.