The Great 8wt Steelhead Rod Debate

Discussion in 'Steelhead' started by Jason Decker, Oct 6, 2005.

  1. Jason Decker

    Jason Decker Active Member

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    I am actively looking into getting a new 8wt Rod for catching Steelhead and occasionally fishing for humpys /pinks. This would be my big stick as I am more of a trout guy and already have a nice 5wt.

    I have been attempting to use my dad's old 8wt... but it's a piece of junk.
    I don't want to spend more than $250 for a new stick.

    I am currently trying out the TFO's from the gear program. I have used the TiCR and plan on trying the Pro Series next time out.:hmmm:
    Do any of you use TFO? There is only one shop I can find in the area that carries them, which makes me a bit nervous.

    Does anyone have a Sage Launch 8wt or a Sage Fli?:confused:

    What recommendations would any of you have?:ray1: I am also looking at some of the ones on the classifieds but I am leaning towards new.. for the warranty.


    Jason:hmmm: :hmmm:
     
  2. jabseattle

    jabseattle jabs

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    I'm a trout bum for sure mainly stick to 5 and 6WT...Just picked up a TiCRX 8Wt and it shoots some line. I like it
     
  3. Chris Scoones

    Chris Scoones Administrator Staff Member

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    Pickup the Sage Fli when you return the TFO TiCr & Pro. It'll be back in the mix next week.
     
  4. HMCFisherman

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    I have a TFO Pro 7wt (not 8), but it's a great rod. A true med-fast. Great for big streamers/sinking lines on big water. Also a great smallie rod. Still use my old Powell AXS 8 wt (also a true med-fast) and love it as well, but you could say I'm a TFO convert.
     
  5. Kalama Mojo

    Kalama Mojo New Member

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    I have the TFO 8wt Pro along with a 4 wt TFO pro. I am no expert as I just started fly fishing this year, but I can tell you that my 8wt has landed 6 Kings in the 18 -23 lbs range with no problems. It has also landed a few 5-10lbs steehead. I bought it from my local fly shop in Vancouver, but I have seen them sold in 4 or 5 other locations in Oregon. I just bought a 6wt Sage VPS so now I will have something to compare my TFO's too, but I havent used it yet.

    Dan
     
  6. Jason Decker

    Jason Decker Active Member

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    I will hopefully be returning the TFO's by next Wednesday...

    I love the TFO TiCR so far, have yet to try the PRO. But, I need some more comparison as any rod is sweet compared to my piece of junk.

    Put me down for the FLi, PS/ how do i do the paypal on this site?


    Thanks, Chris!
     
  7. RedSpey

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    I tried the TiCr next to the T&T Helix and honestly I couldn't see anything justifying the $350 price difference. The Helix was prettier, was a "stiffer" rod so it mended a little better, but I felt the TiCr casted smoother and simply felt better in my hand. I also own a TFO entry-level 8wt and have been pleased with it, but it was definitely nowhere near the TiCr (which is now on my Christmas list). I've also broken my TFO twice and they replaced it when I shipped it there ($18 shipping).

    RedSpey
     
  8. bugnuts

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    Google a Sage 8100-3 RPL...one of the best rods ever IMHO. :thumb:
     
  9. Big Tuna

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    Winston Ibis for under $200.
     
  10. Dipsnort

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    Wait, you want to catch humpys AND pinks? With the same rod?!:rofl: ;)
     
  11. TomB

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    I'm, with bugnuts on this one
     
  12. PT

    PT Physhicist

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    Bugnuts and TomB have the right idea. My old 8100 RPL is the ticket. If you can find one for cheap that's the route I'd go. I did fish the FLI last winter for a day and liked it. Sage is a local company and their customer service has always been excellent.:ray1:
     
  13. Jason Decker

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    your so funny haha :clown:
     
  14. Richard E

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    The TFO pro is a great deal. I have a rod from each model of the TFO series, and though I prefer (and can afford) the TiCrX, the Pro is the best value, in my opinion.

    That said, the Sage FLi and Launch are super good deals, particularly when someone wants to have a rod with "name" recognition.

    You are on the right track. All of the aforementioned rods would perform well for you. You can save your time and angst and quit looking at other options and narrow it down to the Sage and the TFO offerings, IMHO.:thumb:
     
  15. Willie Bodger

    Willie Bodger Still, nothing clever to say...

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    What about the Scott A2?