Discussion in 'Fly Fishing Forum' started by chrome/22, Oct 24, 2009.
ha. soooo true.
broomsticks... exactly how I like em
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
I don't own an 8 weight and was doing some research on them when I found this review, perhaps this will help.
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.
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.
Perhaps insiders can help me out. From what I have heard
gloomis -> bought by shimano
shimano FIRES all gloomis sales reps and announces shimano tackle reps will take over jobs
shimano announce vast trimming of sku's on gloomis side
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)".
Great point Chris Puma, who will also be quick to tell you if your preferred jeans make you look fat!
some "guys" wear girl jeans... and that's just not okay
The advice of going to a shop that has a variety of 8 wt rods to test cast is right on. But remember gently casting on a soft lawn on a balmy day may be quite different than the casting conditions you'll face on the water. Practice casting in no wind on smooth grass I love the slow feel of classic cane. But it ain't the way I pound a river and slam weighted flies or lines around or stretch for that distant bone in the wind with the boat blowing away at some angle.
We were crossing South Dakota with a tailwind blowing like we were in , well the Dakotas, and stopped at the Mitchell Cabelas. They let me take an armfull of 9' 8wts out in the wind. Of them all I did like the feel of the Sage but the high speed Cabela's cast further in the blow and cost half as much.
My point here is ya gotta try 'em yerself and do it under conditions as close as possible to the conditions in which you fish, the way you fish.
A great lineup of rods (the St. Croix Elite) that are hugely under-recognized. Think made in America and the performance and quality of Sage XP at a lower price . . .
The TFO rods are super values, great performance for the buck. And they have arguably one of if not the best warranty service in the industry.
Cabela's LST is a really good value, but in two years you know Cabela's won't have that model any more and won't have parts to fix it. You'll get some other replacement stick that you may not like . . .