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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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Great Lakes rods

Good suggestions here:

I would also consider the Redington Prospector series of rods. The prospector 11'3" 7wt switch for (nymphing + swinging) and 13' 7wt spey for 100% swinging. It is a very responsive rod. can handle a wide range of lines too.

Also, I would highly recommend Beulah Platinum series of rods. The 13'2" 7wt would be an awesome swinging rod for great lakes. Brand new, they are a little bit out of your price range, but, that is a superb rod for the money.

good luck.
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