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$500 to spend

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Advice: if you had $500 to spend on an 8 weight rod for Great Lakes steelhead and salmon in rivers ranging from roughly 60-300 ft wide, what would you buy? Say 90% swinging, 10% nymphing. Or maybe swinging all the time...

Open to all ideas from full spey to switch, new or used, to building my own (though I've never done that before)... Just want the most for the $$.
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$500 can buy you a lot of rod on the lightly used market. You wouldn't have to exceed your limit to get a very well made rod.

My most recent 8 weight is a used Anderson 13'3", and it was within your budget. For me, it is an absolutely fantastic rod - I couldn't be happier.
agreed here... and I'd perhaps be willing to sell/trade mine as I just never pull out the 8wt anymore. I have a 6 and 7 by Gary Anderson as well. Most soulful rods I've touched. PM me if you are at all interested and we can chat about it. I have a hardy to match it as well.
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