10-31-2012, 02:04 PM
Join Date: Jun 2012
Re: Step up to the 8 weight?
I''m a southern born in North Louisiana (north of the Mason/Boudreaux Line) where I started fly fishing and moved to Houston when I was in mid-teens (acient time of late 60's). For us big fish like big bait/lures.
6's are often my lightest rig with 8's the mid range. It can throw poppers, deer hair bugs, bigger streamers. It handles sink tip with big streamer much easier than a 6. With an 8 the wind isn't the issue it is with a 6 that has bit too big a fly. 8's though do feel a bit big when catching brim or smallish white bass.
For most fishing it's either a bassbug or saltwater taper. Seldom are super long casts required other than bragging, though with the saltwater tapers 70-8o doable . With practice it won't fatigue any more than the 6. But when you do hook that bigger fish the 8 will feel perfect.
Get a good 9' 8wt with a better quality reel and you'll have most bass fishing covered plus a great kit your your forays into salt.
You can find great prices on the closeout Sage Flight's. Got 3 of them, 2-8wts & 1 10wt love these. Sold my BVK's to fund the Sage's and never looked back. The TFO Signature I and Pro series are good lower end rods, med fast actions and reasonble price.
My current 8's:
1 -Orvis FullFlex 8'-6" 8wt (vintage glass, med slow but lots of back bone)
1 - Fenwick FF858 8'-6" 8wt (vintage glass, slow and predictable)
1 -TFO Signature I 9'-0" 8wt (really sleeper, love this cheapie)
1 - Sage Vantage 9'-0" 8wt (bit slower than the Flight sweet, my oldest son is trying to aquire this one through the "Homestead Act")
2 - Sage Flight 9'-0" 8wt (fast and sure in adverse winds)
Wants - Shakespeare WonderRod in 8wt
Sage Xi3 9' 8wt
Both sons have 9'-0" TFO Signature I's 8's for their "heavy" rigs.
Last edited by pete a; 10-31-2012 at 02:20 PM.