Eight weight rod with Airflo 40+ integrated head line (check). Orvis stripping basket (check). Remember your practice sessions - "less is more" (check). All came together this morning in the wind. I was shooting plenty of line out by quartering a very nasty south wind. The greater distance in the wind paid off. Good day to leave the 6 wt at home. Nice buck pink salmon without any hint of a hump!:thumb: About six other fisherman. Unfortunately, I didn't see any other fish caught this morning.:hmmm: A great way to start a three week vacation! I'll be doing lots of fishing throughout. On the BBQ now. Catch time to lunch time about two hours.