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What's your thoughts on a 9 ft. Z-Axis 8 wt. for great lakes salmon in Michigan?
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What's your thoughts on a 9 ft. Z-Axis 8 wt. for great lakes salmon in Michigan?
9-8 is a great all around rod, good for Bonefish, Bass, Carp, Steelhead, and maybe Salmon ( a lot of guys prefer nines). My only hesitation is I prefer a longer rod, a 10' 8 weight or 9 1/2' 9 weight are about ideal for a single handed
Salmon rod. A lot of times you have to protect lighter tippets and the longer rod provides more shock absorber, it also makes mending easier, and if you're indicator fishing its easier handling rigs with long leaders under a float. The 9-8 Z-Axis is a great rod, but it will be just a good Salmon rod.
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Default Re: Z-Axis 8 wt.

The Z 8wt will make a great fly rod for great lakes salmon and steel. I've learned to prefer fast actions, for all my salmanoid fishing in lake michigan tribs. Like the above post there is a tendancy for softer tips/actions, but i prefer a long day of rollcasting to be done with a flick of the wrist. The faster the better IMO. Very subjective though.
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Default Re: Z-Axis 8 wt.

It will work fine for you; and if you decide to pull the trigger on a Z, now is the time. With the "One" now out, the Z-Axis is being discounted nicely.

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It will work fine for you; and if you decide to pull the trigger on a Z, now is the time. With the "One" now out, the Z-Axis is being discounted nicely.

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It's hard to pass on the price for this caliber of rod.
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Default Re: Z-Axis 8 wt.

If you had a choice, would you go with a 9ft. 8 wt. Z-Axis or a 9'6" 8wt. One rod?
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If you had a choice, would you go with a 9ft. 8 wt. Z-Axis or a 9'6" 8wt. One rod?
The 9-8 is a better all around rod, but the 9'6" is a much better Steelhead-Salmon rod. In fact it is the go to rod for most single handed West Coast Steelhead fisherman. It's amazing how much difference six inches in a rod can make for mending and line control.
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9-8 is a great all around rod, good for Bonefish, Bass, Carp, Steelhead, and maybe Salmon ( a lot of guys prefer nines). My only hesitation is I prefer a longer rod, a 10' 8 weight or 9 1/2' 9 weight are about ideal for a single handed
Salmon rod. A lot of times you have to protect lighter tippets and the longer rod provides more shock absorber, it also makes mending easier, and if you're indicator fishing its easier handling rigs with long leaders under a float. The 9-8 Z-Axis is a great rod, but it will be just a good Salmon rod.
I agree that a 9'6" rod or a 10 footer is the ideal rod for Great Lakes salmon fishing. Go for the 9'6" I seriously doubt you'll regret it.

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9-8 is a great all around rod, good for Bonefish, Bass, Carp, Steelhead, and maybe Salmon ( a lot of guys prefer nines). My only hesitation is I prefer a longer rod, a 10' 8 weight or 9 1/2' 9 weight are about ideal for a single handed
Salmon rod. A lot of times you have to protect lighter tippets and the longer rod provides more shock absorber, it also makes mending easier, and if you're indicator fishing its easier handling rigs with long leaders under a float. The 9-8 Z-Axis is a great rod, but it will be just a good Salmon rod.
I agree that a 9'6" rod or a 10 footer is the ideal rod for Great Lakes salmon fishing. Go for the 9'6" I seriously doubt you'll regret it. I landed an estimated 40 pounder (weight done by the formula) on a 10' 7wt Jim Teeny series TFO last year on the Oak in NY (No, I had no idea of the NY record weight I am used to AK kings) It was a battle, but managable. The 8wt should be fine.

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Default Re: Z-Axis 8 wt.

That would be a great rod for the Great Lakes, I fish that rod for carp. It can take a beating while still be very accurate on the long cast. Look online for discounted deals for the Z. Good luck!

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Default Re: Z-Axis 8 wt.

i have a 9 weight bvk and ive casted the 7 weight bvk so i can infer that the 8 weight is the same. Id recommend the bvk over anything else
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