Dec 282011
 

To continue the discussion I was having over on Google Plus with some heavy hitters of the online fly fishing world…

After being a good boy for 12 whole months it appears I might have enough Christmas cash (along with change from the couch cushions) to buy a new heavy duty fly rod.

In order to keep wifey happy I’m trying to get the best I can for under $300 (although $200 would be awesome).

My Requirements:

  • Strength to chuck some heavy, meaty flies
  • Handles 3lb+ Bass
  • Ability to haul in a Muskie every now and again
  • Can be used for a saltwater trip every now and again

This? On the fly? Sign me up!

So anyway, I’m most likely looking for an 8wt rod.  The choices below were suggested by some other anglers but I would love for you to cast your vote (or make a new suggestion if you wish).  I know a lot of you have a 8wt you love and I trust you to help me find one of my very own.  Thanks for the help!

Do you like having the ability to help me decide what to buy?  Should democracy play a larger roll on The Functioning Fishaholics?  Let us know in the comments below!

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  • Owl

    I don’t think you should have any problems hauling in a 3lb bass with anything bigger than a 4 wt. Unless you have especially mean bass. 🙂 

    • Some of the Smallmouth I find in the creeks are extremely strong and if I do happen to find a toothy critter well, let’s just say I don’t want to play him to death (:

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      • AndyInMaine

        You need a 6-8 to handle 3# bass, especially in heavy cover and vegetation; just not fair to play them to death with anything lighter weight.
        Save a little bit more money and you can get  much more with the GLoomis Shorestalker –
        I’ve used one for a season last year, along side a Double L rod from Beans side by side and hands down the loomis is a better product.

        I caught a 5.5# chain pick last march with it on a huge bass bug after ice-out with the loomis – it rod responds beautifully to heavy, strong fish.

    • Clif

       It’s not the bass you have to fight, it’s mostly the flies.

  • Deanwo

    I’m a big TFO fan. We own both a 5 and 8 wt professional series which are under $150. I voted for the clouser but don’t know the trade offs between it and the mini mag. Good rod and company with lifetime warrantee.

    • That warranty is sooo tempting!  Have you ever made a claim?

      • Deanwo

        No, I haven’t but I don’t think it would be an issue. I buy from my local fly shop and if I have an issue with any gear, they will go to bat for me if needed.

  • Deanwo

    Oh yea, you should look at Rise as well. They are new but have some great year end deals right now.

  • bill shull

    Hey guys my name is bill shull your friend in the fly fishing department. I’m glad I was able to help Matt with a sage rod ,but the truth of the matter is we are all here to help each other out when we need it. I will for shore be at the show again please feel free to stop buy and say HI. I always look forward to meeting fellow fishermen.
    I would like to ask the people what they think about me posting beginner fly casting videos for the public to learn about this sport we all in the beginning struggled at. I want to say I am far from a pro but if it helps it’s a place to start.
    You can find me on face book holding a small brown trout I found in one of the streams after the somerset fly show.

    • Bill, it would be awesome to see some casting videos.  You sure helped me and I know others out there would benefit.  If you do happen to put some videos on line let me know I’d love to share them with the readers here.

  • bill shull

    Hey guys my name is bill shull your friend in the fly fishing department. I’m glad I was able to help Matt with a sage rod ,but the truth of the matter is we are all here to help each other out when we need it. I will for shore be at the show again please feel free to stop buy and say HI. I always look forward to meeting fellow fishermen.
    I would like to ask the people what they think about me posting beginner fly casting videos for the public to learn about this sport we all in the beginning struggled at. I want to say I am far from a pro but if it helps it’s a place to start.
    You can find me on face book holding a small brown trout I found in one of the streams after the somerset fly show.

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