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My buddy wants a winter 8wt 12-12.5’ ish. Need advice

My buddy is looking for a dedicated winter rod, an 8wt in the 12-12.5’ length. Something for throwing tips at what remains of Oregon steelies. What do you guys like for this duty?

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Bruce and walker 12’3 8/9 powerlite with a nextcast 500 grain zone.
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I have a Thomas & Thomas 12 foot 8 4-piece, in a model that they characterize as a Deep flex. It's medium-slow, as smooth as a May breeze. It doesn't cast as far as most 8-weights, merely far enough. No, mine isn't for sale.
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I’d say get an Oregon-made rod for Oregon fish and get an MKS from Bob Meiser in the Medford area. Possibly the best rods for tips ever designed. People from all over the globe might agree. My favorite winter rod on the Oregon coast is my 13’6” 8wt MKS - but they come in all lengths. The newer ones with the newer, lighter graphite are called the MKX, by the way.
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I don't own one yet, but I got to cast a few of the Pieroway Renegades last winter on a guide day with Jerry French. Loved them. Great winter steelhead stick in 7 through 9. The 7 is 11' and the 9 is 12' with the 8 right in the middle at 11'6". I'm sure the Meisers would be great, too though!

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I’d say get an Oregon-made rod for Oregon fish and get an MKS from Bob Meiser in the Medford area. Possibly the best rods for tips ever designed. People from all over the globe might agree. My favorite winter rod on the Oregon coast is my 13’6” 8wt MKS - but they come in all lengths. The newer ones with the newer, lighter graphite are called the MKX, by the way.
This is the correct answer hahaha. But in all seriousness, I just bought the 13'6" 8wt MKX, and it's hands-down my favorite rod I've ever cast. I love it for casting longer floating lines as well. A truly amazing rod.
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I'd go with the MKX too. It's a touch longer, as 13' is the shortest available anymore, but they're gems with any line, but shine especially bright with tips.
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Bruce and walker 12’3 8/9 powerlite with a nextcast 500 grain zone.
You might also check out Bruce and Walkers new 12'6" rod in this weight class. I believe it's going to be called the 12'6" "Winter Run". Crazy good at lifting tips, grain window that somewhat defies comprehension, and will throw it short or far...and by far I mean CRAZY FAR! Shockingly powerful when asked. Absolutely kills with a mid-belly as well. Maybe one of these days I'll be able to share some video from a casting session this summer. I've never seen anything quite like this little rod.
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You might also check out Bruce and Walkers new 12'6" rod in this weight class. I believe it's going to be called the 12'6" "Winter Run". Crazy good at lifting tips, grain window that somewhat defies comprehension, and will throw it short or far...and by far I mean CRAZY FAR! Shockingly powerful when asked. Absolutely kills with a mid-belly as well. Maybe one of these days I'll be able to share some video from a casting session this summer. I've never seen anything quite like this little rod.
Tell us more. Is this a different rod than the 12'6 6/7 Powerlite or the 12'6" Walker?
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I'd go with the MKX too. It's a touch longer, as 13' is the shortest available anymore, but they're gems with any line, but shine especially bright with tips.
Yeah, out of curiosity I checked the current list earlier, and was surprised there was not at least a 12 1/2 footer in the mix. Seems to be bucking current trends, but I guess I approve. Even my Meiser trout spey is 13’.

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