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#11478795 - 03/15/16 11:51 AM 9ft 8t recommendations?
tonyguitarguy Offline
Outdoorsman

Registered: 01/18/10
Posts: 218
New to fly fishing, looking to get into my first setup. No opposed to combo or a LA carte setups but budgeted between $150-250. Fishing for reds, trout in salt and heavy cats and reds in fresh. Throw any recommendations out there. Customer service for a company is 80% important to me for any warranty/service issues. Thanks fellas.

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#11478923 - 03/15/16 12:51 PM Re: 9ft 8t recommendations? [Re: tonyguitarguy]
txbassnewbie Offline
Outdoorsman

Registered: 07/02/14
Posts: 142
Loc: Flower Mound
tfo temple fork outfitters - lifetime warranty and located in dallas. you can drop off the rod if live in dfw area

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#11479001 - 03/15/16 01:29 PM Re: 9ft 8t recommendations? [Re: tonyguitarguy]
fwkid Offline
Angler

Registered: 04/19/05
Posts: 264
Loc: Fort Worth, TX
Honestly, a good 8wt isn't going to be cheap.

I think the TFO BVK is around the $250 new and the best value around.

I would look at used combos and/or see if somebody on here has one for sale if you are wanting to stay in that budget.

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#11479057 - 03/15/16 01:56 PM Re: 9ft 8t recommendations? [Re: tonyguitarguy]
BoPro Offline
Angler

Registered: 03/18/06
Posts: 436
Loc: Arlington, TX
Sage Response 890. They are on clearance and can be had for about $250.

Check your post on the TKF. There were a few suggestions on there as well.


Edited by BoPro (03/15/16 01:57 PM)
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#11479083 - 03/15/16 02:06 PM Re: 9ft 8t recommendations? [Re: tonyguitarguy]
RonL Offline
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Registered: 07/09/14
Posts: 721
Loc: W.Texas
You can get Cabelas RLS+Fly Combo on sale right now for $159.99 and they have it in 9' 8wt. , 4-pc . Comes with carry case . Free S/H over $99.00 purchase .


Edited by RonL (03/15/16 02:07 PM)
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#11479183 - 03/15/16 02:34 PM Re: 9ft 8t recommendations? [Re: tonyguitarguy]
tonyguitarguy Offline
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Registered: 01/18/10
Posts: 218
Bopro, I'm taking all info I can find. Believe me when I say all day at work I do more fly research than actual work lol. Thanks guys.

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#11479212 - 03/15/16 02:44 PM Re: 9ft 8t recommendations? [Re: tonyguitarguy]
BoPro Offline
Angler

Registered: 03/18/06
Posts: 436
Loc: Arlington, TX
Originally Posted By: tonyguitarguy
Believe me when I say all day at work I do more fly research than actual work lol. Thanks guys.


Sounds like me. I'm always looking for new fly rods to add to my arsenal. Haha.
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#11484572 - 03/17/16 08:25 PM Re: 9ft 8t recommendations? [Re: tonyguitarguy]
Hawkpuppy 1 Offline
Pro Angler

Registered: 06/20/02
Posts: 662
Loc: Kerrville, Texas
I've got the TFO Lefty Kreh in 8wt. Great rod

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#11488981 - 03/20/16 08:56 AM Re: 9ft 8t recommendations? [Re: tonyguitarguy]
YAKnIT Offline
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Registered: 08/26/12
Posts: 196
Bass Pro in Grapevine has one Sage Response 9' 8WT on their sale rack. $270, marked down from $395. Comes with a hard case. They had two of them, I snatched one.

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#11489008 - 03/20/16 09:17 AM Re: 9ft 8t recommendations? [Re: tonyguitarguy]
Hobie_Splash Offline
Outdoorsman

Registered: 04/04/13
Posts: 113
Loc: mckinney texas
I have the Cabela's RLS 8 weight and it can handle some serious fish. I got my first striped bass on it earlier this year and I enjoy its strength as well as sensitivity. I have used a Sage rod and it handles just as good

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#11490056 - 03/20/16 09:17 PM Re: 9ft 8t recommendations? [Re: tonyguitarguy]
texasflycaster Offline
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Registered: 01/18/08
Posts: 1589
Loc: Water
Salt? TFO Mangrove.
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#11490129 - 03/20/16 09:43 PM Re: 9ft 8t recommendations? [Re: fwkid]
Robert Hunter Offline
TFF Team Angler

Registered: 06/14/10
Posts: 3880
Originally Posted By: fwkid
Honestly, a good 8wt isn't going to be cheap.

I think the TFO BVK is around the $250 new and the best value around.

I would look at used combos and/or see if somebody on here has one for sale if you are wanting to stay in that budget.
seen some breaking issues with the bvk. The fantastic warranty does you no good on the water in the sticks though. This being said I would steer to the mangrove as well.
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#11514042 - 03/31/16 01:21 PM Re: 9ft 8t recommendations? [Re: tonyguitarguy]
jjs89yj Offline
Green Horn

Registered: 02/19/15
Posts: 5
I've used the TFO BVK a lot, but the mangrove is everything I liked about the bvk and nothing I don't. I'd highly recommend the mangrove-- same price too.

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#11518689 - 04/03/16 01:04 AM Re: 9ft 8t recommendations? [Re: tonyguitarguy]
SkunkOnTheFly Offline
Green Horn

Registered: 06/20/14
Posts: 9
Loc: Grapevine, TX
TFO Impact is looking really good.

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