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Old 09-10-2011, 07:07 PM
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Default Re: First timer: Help choosing Rod 8wt?

Unfortunately, the "right" rod is usually the one your most comfortable with casting, and we can all cast the same rod, and have different opinions about it.

I also have no experience with that Orvis rod, but if you can get it at a decent price, it would be worth at least trying it out! That's not some cheap no name fly rod, made in China!

But, I certainly agree with ddombos2, an 8 wt should be a fine choice for a general purpose rod for the species you've mentioned! As far as actions being fast or moderately fast, you can cast two different rods from different makers that use these designations & sometimes find there's little difference. There's no real standard, and the only true way to tell is to use the rod.

Good luck with your search!
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