Your pick: Best 8 Weight under $500

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  1. chrome/22

    chrome/22 For him there whould always be the riddle of steel

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    Thanks CP, that sounds like a plan.

    & a thanks to all who chimed in w/ their 2 cents....:cool:



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  2. BDD

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    After letting friends use my St. Croix Legend Ultra for several years (896-4) I recently used it for a week long trip to BC. I had three other high end rods to chose from (I wound up breaking one) but for float-fishing, I liked the St. Croix the best. It went from my backup/friend's rod to my primary 8 weight rod after using it just one day. I think its as good a value on rods as anything available.
     
  3. Mingo

    Mingo the Menehune stole my beer

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    alright WFF'ers, This guy is a fucking awesome fisherman in many different styles beyond flyfishing....... so dude, given the fact that you grabbed an RS4, I can say you made a very, very good choice. that stick is sweet and forgiving.

    My top 3 in the "under $500" realm would be:

    1. Redington CPS (OE still has one on their rack as of yesterday....lord I hope I never break mine!)
    2. Cabelas L-Tech ( try it. Unbelievable stick for $220)
    3. RS4

    nice choice my man, post some shots of your catches dude! :)
     
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    Yup, I know the above mentioned dude. It's My Winston he wants to cast :) I will tell you he's better than he thinks he is.

    When I went and shopped for an 8 wt I cast three or four different rods. I sure liked the power in the Z Axis I tried, but, I liked the light weight of the Winston Borron better. That is why I went with that.

    However, this year I am falling back in love with my Scott ARC series rod. Not as fast, or powerful, but, I think because I've learned to relax my cast stroke some, I'm enjoying this rod even more. (not to mention it was a gift from my wife many moons ago)
     
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    Here to a good time fishing my friend ptyd
     
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    G Loomis Quinault 9'6" $490
     
  7. Joseph Freeman

    Joseph Freeman dUMB aRKiE

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    Albright XX, it is an extremly powerful Rod. Not so easy to cast, expecially with a Teeny TT line on it, it was designed for shooting lots of line, if your double haul techniquie is anything shy of accomplished, you will need lots of practice. Joseph
     
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    Evan Burck Fudge Dragon

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    I'm quite the fan of the TFO TiCr rods as well
     
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    Old Man Just an Old Man

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    There are many rods out there under that price. So why spend it all if you don't have to. But taking advice from these guys is usless. Maybe the rod they are talking about won't be right for you. After all you will be the one that has to use it. My advice is go to a fly shop and play around with what they have and make up your own mind.

    When in the market for a new rod I go do all the shopping myself. I don't get anybodys advice. Like I said I'm the one using it and spending the cash on it. Nobody here is going to help on that.

    Jim
     
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    Fixed :beer2:
     
  11. Chris Puma

    Chris Puma hates waking up early

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    ha. soooo true.
     
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    broomsticks... exactly how I like em
     
  13. Nate Dutton

    Nate Dutton I'm a teacher, I fish to eat!

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    I freaking love my TFO Axiom!!!! That thing is a launch pad and it has the backbone for steel and salmon but can still detect subtle strikes~! At $275 you can't beat it! I LOVE IT
     
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    Jim Welch Veni, Vidi, Fishi

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    I was lucky enough to get a GLX 7 wt 10 ft rod about 8 years ago when a sporting chain was going under, for $300. It casts like a dream. I can't imagine fishing anything else for steelhead.
     
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    Best 8 wt under $500. That was easy, back when Angler's Workshop used to have the "blem" barrel sitting on the front porch. A 9 1/2' Lamiglass blem blank for $55 and about $40 worth of reel seat, cork, and guides, and I had a nice 8 wt rod that I really like for less than $100. Wish I could get more like that.

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    Perhaps insiders can help me out. From what I have heard
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    shimano FIRES all gloomis sales reps and announces shimano tackle reps will take over jobs
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  18. Kent Lufkin

    Kent Lufkin Remember when you could remember everything?

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    On a forum like this, the advice you usually get is about as valuable as what you pay for it. Chris' analogy above is perhaps the best one I've read in my time here. This should be a sticky for everybody asking "What's the best (rod, waders, line, boots, reel . . . fill in the blank)".

    K
     
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    Ed Call Mumbling Moderator Staff Member

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    Great point Chris Puma, who will also be quick to tell you if your preferred jeans make you look fat!
     
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