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Robert
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13'-6" for 8/9 (Deer Creek) or 8 (Redington), 500-800 grain weight. Needing a "big water" 2 hander for BC this fall. Thinking about these two, they both seem to be well regarded in the lower price point. What say you?
 

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Robert,

Those are fine rods. Regarding your "need," let me just say that I have friends who consistently fish the Kispiox - home of the world's largest steelhead - with 8 wt single had bamboo rods. What an angler thinks he needs is often fueled by internet and magazine stories that sensationalize, not to mention just plain over-exaggerate, the power of steelhead. They aren't saltwater gamefish that would tow steelhead backwards every day of the week.

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I have both the Chromer 8136 and 7126 and both are sweet rods. Light and powerful. I probably prefer the 7126, its 1/2 oz lighter and will handle anything you can throw at it. 525 to 550 Skagit is money. 100 ft casts are no problem with this rod if you need the distance. Best rod at that price point IMO.
 

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Chromer - fast action and very precise.

I have the 7wt Chromer and love it for my all around go to rod - brown trout, saltwater salmon, steelhead, - almost everything I can line it with: scandi, skagit, commando, sink lines, multi-density heads, etc...
 

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My Deer Creek and I have never totally jived. I have tried different lines and I think that my issue with the rod is my casting stroke. The Deer Creek is a slower rod and if you have some top hand dominance (I do). I have felt that faster action rods help make up for my lack of skill.

So if people are saying that the Chromer is a faster rod I would try that.
 
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