Originally Posted by notenuftoys
I've read lots of great reviews on the BVK, but I'm not sure it has the ummph for the big flies.
To some degree, I agree with that.
An 8wt Axiom will handle bigger flies than an 8wt BVK, but its a likely as heavy as the 10wt BVK, and most folks need a 9wt line to flex it sufficiently.
Get a 9wt BVK, and you're set. It will probably be less work to cast than a burly 8wt.