Re: Saltwater reel
What reel do you currently have on your #8? As above, any reel kept clean and lubed will work in light saltwater applications. However, a dedicated saltwater reel is not an up-sized trout reel as there is a fundamental difference in the way the drag is used. Trout reels are intended to protect light tippets and thus are focused on fine tunability and low inertial start-up of their drag whereas a saltwater reel utilizes a larger surface area drag design to put the screws to much stronger, faster, hard fighting fish. Sure the reel should be hard anodized but most reels are today.