Discussion in 'Steelhead' started by Maxwell Smart, Oct 25, 2005.
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.
The one I like the most.
Sage XP 810 -- I love mine and just returned from a trip in B.C. fishing a small(ish) river. We fished tips and weighted flies, but while a two-hander would have been overkill there still was not a lot of back-casting room. The 10' XP, overloaded with a 9 wt. Rio Versi-Tip, allowed me to make one-hand spey casts (Snap-T, Perry Poke) to +50' all day, effortlessly for a week, and the extra foot of length allowed great mending ability. We were fishing 3" string leeches with large dumbells and the Xp turned them over with ease.
As ever, go cast one yourself first. But in my opinion it's easily the best SH one-hander I've ever fished. Great for the salt as well.
It will also make your wallet an 1/4 inch less. But I do agree if $ is not a concern you are talking about one great rod ...the XP. But, of course there are others out there...T&T, G. Loomis, etc.
True, true. It is spendy, but I was lucky to get mine s/h from a dealer who used it on a single bonefish trip. But, he also claimed it was the best bonefish rod he'd ever fished -- this was before the redesigned RPLXi.
And this has to do with what? Sorry you left me a little confused regarding the XP rod and the RPLXi rod?
The RPLXi was considered Sage's premium saltwater rod for many years. It was especially coveted by bonefishermen in the 9' 8wt. model. They recently redsigned it -- it's now got a new alpha-script -- so I guess I'm saying the dealer who sold me my xp may have changed his mind about its bonefishing superiority with the introduction of the new rod.