I don't think the TFO 8wt Signature rod is a good choice unless you really like slow/medium action rods. I think the PRO model would be a better choice and it comes in four pieces. The Signature is a two piece rod.
So take a hard look at the TFO PRO and the TiCr would even be a better choice. Somewhere along the way the TFO rods shed some weight and that has made them even a better rod.
You should also take a look at the Redington rods at the Forum Fly Shop
. The Redington Red Fly comes in two or four pieces and is priced like the TFO rods. The Redington RS4 would also be a great choice but a bit more money. Redington has a great line up of fly rods and the Forum Fly Shop
supports NAFFF. They have free shipping over $100 and you get a 21 day free trial. If you don't like a rod just return it and get all of your money back. Give Todd a call at 937-434-8472. I think you will like doing business with Todd and I know you will like the rods.
Redington Red.Fly 2
REDINGTON RED.FLY 2 9084 FLY ROD (9'0", 8WT, 4PC)
REDINGTON RED.FLY 2 FLY ROD
The new Red.Fly 2 will exceed all your expectations and provides more performance bang for your buck than any rod we have seen. From a price to performance perspective, it simply cannot be beat. This fast action rod is a smooth, powerful, sweet casting rod that will impress even the most experienced fly casters.
Redington RS4 8wt
larger image REDINGTON RS4 9084 FLY ROD (9'0", 8WT, 4PC)
REDINGTON RS4 9084 FLY ROD
New for 2008, Redingtons RS4 packs powerful fast action into every ounce at a price that won't take your breath away. Built on a premium Toray graphite blank from 51 million modulus, and boasting a beautifully distinctive moss color, the Redington RS4 fly rod is firm and crisp, without being ridiculously stiff. Designed as a premium, high end rod the RS4 includes high quality pac bay guides, a laser engraved reel seat, Redington rod case, and Lifetime Warranty. Inspired by the award winning Core Performance Series fly rods, the RS4 outshines most fly rods that cost 2 to 3 times as much. Redington has once again proven how to pack high end performance into a mid priced rod. For experienced fly fishers everywhere, the RS4 is certain to be one of your favorite rods.