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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 08-03-2019, 07:02 PM Thread Starter
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Looking for Recommendations for Inexpensive 13'6" 8 or 8/9wt

Looking for a recommendation for a 13'6" 8 or 8/9wt that I can pick up for a reasonable price to practice with some mid-bellies or a bit more.
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 08-03-2019, 09:21 PM
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Echo Swing rods are pretty good, regardless of price point.
The Redington Dually is still a great stick, and less than $300. Up the ante to $400 and the Redington Chromer is pretty sweet, a bit more of a thumper but it ain't no TCR.
I know TFO has a few offerings, but honesty I have no clue who is designing those tapers. You would not need to look very hard to find a TFO Deer Creek rod, I'm sure some shops and outlet sites have a few left.
Anything beyond that magical $600 mark and the options increase dramatically. It all depends on what range you consider to be a "reasonable" price.
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I think if you are considering a "gently used" option, the Classified Forum here will increase your options dramatically

Older model T&T's, CND's, Guideline LPXe's, HMSvII's, Meisers and Burkies can be had for much less than once offered.
Even the older Echo Classics, Beulah and Deer Creeks are now even more of a bargain !!

The old St. Croix Imperial series was designed around the DT line (salmon) and is a sleeper in the world of the two-hander. If you like a full through action with an authoritative upper 1/3, hard to beat the 14' 9/10 version. My biggest regret was selling that rod, utterly in pristine condition as well


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I’d second/third the deer creek speys - there seem to be a lot getting sold now for a low price lightly used and even some new on eBay for < $300. Those are clones of the Meiser MKS rods and with the right lines can be very sweet with longer lines. There are a few very nicely priced 13’6” 8/9s up right now I think. An echo classic, also mentioned above, would likely be one if the least expensive with a very high quality to price ratio, new or used. Otherwise give yourself a little time on the classified and numerous good options should pop up in that range. But a better option might be to post an actual WTB in there since it might be less of a whack-a-mole for you to grab a nice deal.
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Mike, I learned on that very same Imperial rod—I still have it, and it’s also in pristine condition. I bust it out in the winter sometimes, as it handles heavy tips/flies quite well.

To the OP, contact Nike Creek Fly Shop in B.C. He often has Beulah Platinum demos (amongst others) for great prices. I picked up one this past winter, a 13’8 8wt, still had plastic on the cork. Excellent service, too.

All other advise is good, too.
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If you're not in a huge rush, the Cabela's two handed rods can be had for a heck of price come Black Friday and the holiday season. I can't speak for the longer rods, but the switch rods have been nothing but good to me. At about $150, its real tough to beat. Of course, the Classified section is a great option as well, and the rods usually come with some good mojo.
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If you are willing to go with a 3pc, the used market gets even better.
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At under $500, and with a matching head for the given rod models, it's my opinion the NOVA II from Anderson Custom Rods are the nicest rods at the price point available. I think from a feel and performance perspective they're nicer than most high priced two-handers currently on the market. As I type this it sounds a bit like and advertisement, but that's my no BS opinion. I'm fortunate enough to have access to cast and try a ton of rods (both single and double handers) and the rod for the money in that series is just silly good.

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