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Old 01-25-2014, 11:45 AM
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Im on the market for my first 8 wt. Im going on a trip to belize this summer and am wanting to get the 8 wt for bonefish. Im wanting a rod that wont be a workout to cast all day but also has power to punch into the wind. My budget is under 300. So far Ive been looking at the TFO BVK, TFO Mangrove, Echo Edge, and Redington Predator. The TFO BVK has tons of great reviews but also seems to have a breakage issue which worries me if I get all the way down there for my trip and my rod breaks and I have to use a cheap backup or something. The mangrove seems to be tougher but also a slower action which makes me think it wont be able to punch into the wind as well. The predator has decent reviews but don't know a whole lot about it. Same with the Echo edge not very familiar with it. If anyone has any of these id love to hear your experiences, or knows of anything else I should be looking at.
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Have a look at J P Ross Onyx rods. Right up your alley.
ONYX Fly Rod by JP Ross Fly Rods & Co.

also, any Sage rod with xi as part of the model designation
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I would look at a tip flex Orvis Clearwater in that price range. I love mine and throw some good sized flies into the wind without issue. They are strong as can be as well.
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My BVK worked just fine hunting bonefish in Ascension Bay last summer. I also fished a St Croix Legend Elite. Both 9' 8wt 4pc rods worked very well.

The BVK is hard to beat for 250 [pause] bones.
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Theres also a Sage Flight 8wt in the classified on here for 215. That's a stellar rod, I wish it could be mine.
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Predator is an amazing rod... Very fast... Heavier... But matched with a heavier reel to balance and it becomes a non issue... Owned one in a 9wt... Half weight heavy lines work well... I used gpx on mine and I could cast the whole line on a good day
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I think the best value for the money available in an 8 wt right now is probably the private label GL-H2O sold by The Fly Shop in Redding, CA, for $149. I have the 6 and 7 wt versions and they are both sensitive and powerful. The 8 should be ideal for bonefishing, and it even comes with an extra tip just in case you do have an accident in the middle of nowhere.

https://catalog.theflyshop.com/produ...oducts_id=6511

These are closeouts of the same rods that they now call the Signature H2O and offer for $269. According to the clerk at the store who sold me mine, they changed the "GL" designation to "Signature" because Loomis was concerned that the name, aesthetics and performance of the rods were too similar to Loomis's own GLX models. I don't know if that was just sales hooey, but I do like the way mine cast and fish.

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The BVK is a good rod, but take a spare. My buddy broke his when we were fishing for snook and another friend snapped his when he hooked a jack. I was there when both broke and we could not figure out what they did to break them. Something bent just right I guess. ?? I've always been a Loomis and St. Croix fan. If I broke a St. Croix rod, I knew immediately what I did to make that happen. I've never broke a Loomis. (I caught an 8' sand shark on my 8wt. a few years ago.) On the contrary, the BVK just snapped for no reason after a relatively mild hookset. We both just stopped fishing and looked at it with puzzled expressions...

A fast rod will let you drill shots way back under tight mangroves. That's a huge plus on bright, clear days. It's a lot harder for me to do that with a med.
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Default Re: 8 wt questions and recommendations?

Yeah thats exactly the reason I am worried about the bvk Im leaning towards a redington predator or tfo mangrove despite all the great reviews of the bvk. I don't want a rod that breaks on me for no reason. The mangrove has some good reviews but also ranked second to last in the 8 wt shootout with bad reviews there so I don't know
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Default Re: 8 wt questions and recommendations?

The new Redington Vapen is another possibility to consider. The Echo rods are great bets, either the Echo Edge or the Echo3 Saltwater, seem to have good durabilty for relatively inexpensive rods.
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