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: Suggestion for a good 8-wt. rod for Stripas?

06-09-2002, 08:35 PM
Looking for a fast action, 9', 8-wt., preferably 3-piece (or more) for $300-$400; I'm actually going to build one, so I'll be looking into the blanks of whatever rods are suggested. I already have a 9-wt., but looking for an 8-wt. "ultralight". TIA.


06-11-2002, 08:29 PM
Templeforks Outfitters 8 wt. 4 pc. $150 with a lifetime warranty.

06-11-2002, 08:55 PM
try Hurricane Redbone rods, in cabelas:
they are an awesome rod... sorry if you really want to build it, these are built with good components and come with a sock and tube for $99.00 I have the 8wt and 10wt 3 pc, they are so good I brought them on my belize trip, nobody could beleive it cost $99.00 Tom D

06-12-2002, 07:12 AM
Sage sells blanks for the VPS series rods, which are the old RPL series in disguise. You can get an exceptional 8wt blank for that price range, one of my favorites is a 9'6" 8wt 2pc (RPL) VPS

I am in process of building a 10wt 4-pc 9' VPS travel rod, su-weet!

Good luck!

06-12-2002, 10:39 AM
Hey Chris,

You may want to check out

The have a bunch of recently discontinued Powell rods for a song. Just not sure if they have any 8wts available. You can't beat a handmade rod + lifetime guarantee for 200 beans. Check it out.


06-12-2002, 12:25 PM
Write this guy:

Ask for Ryan. He is a guy up in British Columbia who custom builds rods. I just bought a brand-new, super-well built Sage RPLXI from him for $400 even.


06-12-2002, 12:57 PM
I second the Temple Fork vote.

Also, Harry Koons down at Nauset Angler (one of our sponsors) can build a beautiful custom RPLxi for much cheaper than you'd ever expect.

06-12-2002, 02:59 PM
Thanks for all of the suggestions so far, please keep them coming. How are the Loomis IMX blanks for performance at that line weight? Also, can anyone advise as to which manufacturers use Pacific Bay blanks? They have a custom series that's so pricey it seems likely that a few companies are using them in their high-end rods.
BTW, I realize that I should actually cast the rod first before deciding on it, but the local shops either carry Orvis or high-dollar ($600+) Sage, Scott, etc., with few "mid-priced" rods, so I'm a bit at odds. With the collective experience of everyone reading this I'm confident that I'll come to the right blank shortly. Thanks again!

06-12-2002, 03:51 PM
What about Diamonback Backcountry Rods ? I have heard some good things about them. I personally do not own one but everytime I see one I pick it up and give it a jiggle and then cast it. Seems sweet and fairly priced.

Now that I think of it my buddy Leo has one and he uses a Spey Line with it!!! You and I may call him a weenie but whe he lobs out HUGE casts all I can do is hang my head in shame. Never heard or saw anyone using such a line on a single hander but he says it shoots like a Magnum and from where I stand he's not far off.

By the way he loves the rod dearly.

06-12-2002, 05:10 PM
St. Croix's top end rod is really nice and in my view better than the temple fork rod. Own both of them and do not fish the temple fork any longer. It is nice....for a backup rod.

In my view the best rod would be a rplxi. Still drool thinking about it. Gotta get one soon.

The loomis IMX blanks have just been re-introduced and they rock. Could get an 8 weight blank for around 180 I think. One of the better rods of all time but I am not sure where you would go to test cast one. Maybe someone on the board has one. I am going to build a 10wt IMX next winter.

good luck,


06-12-2002, 06:13 PM
...has anyone cast the Redington Wayfarer 5-piece 8-wt. (or any other weights, for that matter); I know it got great reviews on the FFA Tackle Review this year.
Sean - I like St. Croix rods, also, but was a tad concerned about how well they would cast into a fairly heady wind. Any thoughts?

06-12-2002, 07:11 PM
try as many rods as you can in the line weight you want... whether you buy one or not, sage loomis, termplefork, scott,orvis,diamondback... anything, then tell us the one you like the feel of. we may be able to steer you right that way. IE: if you like the sage rplx-i you would like the scott sts, etc... just a thought. Tom

06-12-2002, 07:37 PM
Sage RPLXi