Re: 8WT Rod Suggestion
I'm not sure, but I don't think bass and salmon/steelhead rods go together.
For bass fishing I like a stiff rod so I can set the hook through the bass's tough jaw. I believe that for salmon/steehead fishing you'll want a rod with a softer tip.
If you're going to buy a spey rod, make sure you read up on the different kinds of lines before you decide on one. (Each kind of spey line is different from the others.)