Your pick: Best 8 Weight under $500

Discussion in 'Fly Fishing Forum' started by chrome/22, Oct 24, 2009.

  1. oldskool

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    I agree with Chris. You really won't know what you want/need until you polish your casting skills.

    However that being said, if you have the extra $ to spend, the above advice is good I guess. If you get the chance, barrow, rent or go to the pro shop and cast a few. I have several high end rods, yet one of my favorites to cast is a $25 3wt I purchased at a closeout sale.
     
  2. TD

    TD Active Member

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    I'm going to throw myself out there on this one but....

    Orvis T3 9' 4 piece in either a fast tip or med tip NEW for under $500. Extremely hard to beat in my opinion.

    St Croix Legend Elite is also an excellent rod that you can get new for under $500.

    Both come with an excellent lifetime warranty as well.
     
  3. chrome/22

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

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    I don't doubt it, tend to do that. Thinking the right rod will help make the caster I guess.


    I bought the RS4 online about a 4 days ago am going to grass cast it today w/ a 40+ line.

    Will fish it the RS4 this week as well as a buddys Winston Boron IIx & Scott ARC all in 8 wt. 9'-6" & 10'. Those two are over my price point, but will get to see how they feel/fish to me.


    c/22
     
  4. Chris Puma

    Chris Puma hates waking up early

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    when it comes to rods it's like fitting into a pair of jeans. different jeans fit better on different people depending on their body type. it's really pointless to ask the advice of people on a messageboard what jeans you'd look best in. it's far better to go to store and try a bunch of pairs on and see which one looks best on you.

    the worst thing you could do when buying a fly rod is to get a preconceived idea of what the people think is the best rod. then when you go them you'll constantly be thinking of what people said on the messageboard instead of listening to what you casting stroke is telling you. my advice is to have shop bring you outside with a bunch of rods. don't look at them and start casting. what feels best might pleasantly surprise you. :D
     
  5. oldskool

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    If you cast that Boron IIx I will all but guarantee you that you will find the money to buy one. That's exactly what happened to me. That rod makes an accidentally caught 12-14" fish feel like your using your 4wt, yet has the back bone to handle 16-20lb steelies. The action of this rod is crazy. However, I'm kinda bias.
     
  6. 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:



    c/22
     
  7. 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.
     
  8. 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! :)
     
  9. sroffe

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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
     
  11. Phil Fravel

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    G Loomis Quinault 9'6" $490
     
  12. 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
     
  13. Evan Burck

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    I'm quite the fan of the TFO TiCr rods as well
     
  14. 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: