Join Date: Dec 2001
Location: north. Washington/south British Columbia
Spey rods often require some trial and error line testing to fit, even when they are correctly labeled, as most of them are. Occasionally, we find a rod that is clearly something else than the labeling. Then we have to decide whether to try to get a refund or exchange, or whether the rod is useful to us in different situations.
Yours seems to be clearly an 8-weight. There are uses for short 8-weights, such as when the water is usually small, but the fish may not be. I have a T&T 12 foot 8-weight that is proving to be great for fishing small winter steelhead and salmon streams, and where thick growth and water depth keeps me fishing close to the near bank.