Re: 8WT Rod Suggestion
If you can find one (use a "saved search" on ebay), a 9' or 9'6 (my preference) Sage RPL+ 8wt will knock your socks off for any fishing you do that requires an 8wt. They are cannons but not broomsticks. Many of us figure Sage really goofed up when they discontinued that line. I have 3 of them, all bought as essentially un-used...most expensive was $275.
I have landed smallmouth, largemouth, pike, landlocked salmon and atlantic salmon to 20lbs. with mine.