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Old 10-21-2012, 01:12 PM
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I am thinking about getting an 8wt rod for tiger muskie , steelhead and salmon. The steelhead and salmon fishing will occur very seldom as NM doesn’t have any opportunities.

I would appreciate input concerning the Aleka, Echo and Allen rods in 8wt. The Aleka has some special appeal since they are the least expensive of the three series but there are no dealers for any of these rods in ABQ.

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I have 8wt rods from TFO, Orvis, Brown Drake, Cortland, and Loomis, but no experience with the brands you list. I suggest you take a long hard look at the actions of each you wish to purchase. Find a way to test cast them. No matter what we say....casting preferences are as individual as food preferences. Good luck.
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Homer makes a good point with regard to testing out the rods. I know that Allen at least has a program where they will send you a rod to test for free and if you like it you pay for it and keep it. So that's always an option.
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+1 for the advice that Homer and AJ has offered. I have never fished for Muskies (it is on my bucket list), but I'm wondering if an 8 wt is going to leave you severely under gunned. I may be wrong, but from what I have heard that a 10 wt is a better fit for that type of fishing.......you need something heavy enough to through those huge flies that look like your casting half a chicken.

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The Yellowstone Angler 8 Weight Shoot Out ranks the Redington CPS as the best buy.

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+1 for the advice that Homer and AJ has offered. I have never fished for Muskies (it is on my bucket list), but I'm wondering if an 8 wt is going to leave you severely under gunned. I may be wrong, but from what I have heard that a 10 wt is a better fit for that type of fishing.......you need something heavy enough to through those huge flies that look like your casting half a chicken.

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LOL! Half chicken flies! That is the exact term Lefty called the dark-water Tarpon flies we use in Costa Rica.
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I'd suggest you alos consider the discontinued but very nice Sage Flight. These are still available on sale in the $200-240 range.

Don't do any of the fishing you do so can't comment on it's use there but mine throws bass bugs well. I use it on the always windy Texas gulf coast where it shines. Seldom do I see below 15mph winds in a day of fishing with 20-25 being norm. Have whipped several 24-26" reds with it.

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The Yellowstone Angler 8 Weight Shoot Out ranks the Redington CPS as the best buy.

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I think that the Redington CPS has been replaced by the CPX.

My wife has an 9'0" 8 wt. CPS and I have a 9'0" 8 wt. CPX. They're both great rods and the only 8 wts. that we have/need. We use them for Striper fishing in the salt and for big Smallmouth Bass in the fresh.

In my opinion, Redington makes a really nice rod in CPS/CPX series. Worth a look.

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+1 for the advice that Homer and AJ has offered. I have never fished for Muskies (it is on my bucket list), but I'm wondering if an 8 wt is going to leave you severely under gunned. I may be wrong, but from what I have heard that a 10 wt is a better fit for that type of fishing.......you need something heavy enough to through those huge flies that look like your casting half a chicken.

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Tiger Muskies, in my experience, are more like pike in the size of fly you can use. Granted, sometimes it's fun to chuck 1/2 a chicken into a bank and see what happens, but with the Tigers you can probably get away with a 1/4 of a chicken.

I would take a good long look at the flies you plan on casting for the musky though. Like Larry said, depending on the size and water shedding that the flies do, it might be worth looking to a 9wt or even higher.

And that CPS rod that Pocono is talking about is a fantastic rod. I've got one in a 5 wt and wouldn't trade it for anything.
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Granted, sometimes it's fun to chuck 1/2 a chicken into a bank and see what happens, but with the Tigers you can probably get away with a 1/4 of a chicken.
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