Originally Posted by popperfly
Thanks everyone for your input, I have made up my mind and I am getting a TFO BVK 8wt rod, picking it up this weekend.
I havent held a BVK model, but have always like TFO for its performance to cost ratio. I have been very happy with all three of the TFO I own, but I would encourage you to check out the Tirx as a comparison. I have caught pike, rainbows, grayling, dollies as well as 4 of 5 species of salmon on them in a 6wt. A 7-8 wt would do everything you want and for a similar price as well as being a bit more robust in terms of salt water.