I think you probably need at least a few rods. Topwater, floating line, sinking line, big fly, smaller fly, you know how it goes. I only had one for tigers, however I wished I had at least 1 more. I'm sure I would have eventually bought at least one more. I seem to do that. Don't ask how many 4 and 6 wt rods I have. I honestly don't know anymore. I used to have 3 rigged up when fishing SRC out of my boat.
I just saw that....I'd love to get my hands on that 8'8" at some point in the very near future.
When I get it if you want to be a caster in the great musky shootout part deux let me know. Will be a spring thing. I don't know if I'm allowed to talk about it yet but Echo has a musky specific stick coming out. It's an eleven as well. Most my elevens take about 500 grains give or take fifty on either side. The extra rope really makes bigger flies less of a chore.
Ooh, options longer than 9'... somebody's been listening! Maybe they'll put a slightly larger tip-top on it, too.
I'm usually on smallish rivers with either a SUP or a small jet boat. I hate fishing from a sitting position, maybe if I did I'd appreciate short rods more (...but probably not). A longer rod lets me keep a fly deeper longer on the retrieve, and make a wider (and deeper) 8. Both mean more eats, at least around here.
A couple years back I picked up a Beulah Surf (11' 10wt), which is an amazing musky fishing tool. If you're torquing your shoulder you're doing something wrong. I also found a beat-up old unloved TFO Teeny (10' 10wt) which is a way way way underrated rod, and have slimed the heck out of it. I've got nicer, newer, and fancier muskie sticks (all 9') but these two just flat out fish.
What’s wrong with a semi long skagit head?