Originally Posted by SkipS
Im with BigCliff on this one.A 7wt is plenty of rod for what you want.I own the 6wt & 8wt Predators and the 8 is really overkill for bass.Its pretty stout and not very good at delicate presentations,something needed for carp.You might take a good look at the TFO Clouser rods.They are a little shorter than 9ft and designed for your needs.I prefer a rod shorter than 9ft myself.They have a lighter feel and swing weight.A good stout 6wt is also an option for bass and light saltwater.
These are good points. I like the 8wt because we have some lunkers in our lake. But for 1-2lb fish the 8wt is overkill. 7wt might be better, you could always overline it for Saltwater use.