Re: recommendation for an 8wt rod?
If you have a local fly shop, visit it. Tell the sales guy what your budget is, and test cast a few rods. You can get ten schmucks on this forum to recommend rods for you. All ten of them will have their casting preferences, but the only preference that matters is yours.
As for reels, tell the sales guy your budget and what your needs are. Since you are talking eight weight, make sure that the reel has a quality drag. n regards to sealed versus non-sealed drag, that will be up to you. Since it will be at the occasional saltwater environment, it has to have a quality finish for corrosion resistance.