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5's I have, 6's, three 7's, one 8 that's ALL Euro, and so on, and so on.

Would like to get a handle on specific 8wt's that have a traditional type action. Suggestions?
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depends on what you consider traditional. To me it means not too stiff, plus a decently firm tip that drives load down deeper (somewhat regressive taper?) to flex the bottom half of the blank beyond a doubt. Two that I fish are the Burkie 8139 and Sage 8150.

In that family of action I'd also count the MKS, and broaden it to include rods with a full flex but a bit stiffer like the Redington 14' 8wt and Sage VT2 8139. CND Solstice 14'3" 7/8 maybe (but see Scott below). Loomis Dredgers in their own unique way.

To me, the Scott ARC, TFO, Sage 8136, etc rods don't fall in "my" traditional category because even though they can be lined to feel like softer rods, the tapers are fundamentally progressive.
 

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Excellent anwser SS.

Had totally forgotten I've got the 8139 Burkie rod.:saeek: It's a 'custom build' by Inland here on the Board*. I'd put that away months ago (think during all the flooding we had back in December-05. Time to dust that Bad Boy off and string her up.

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*If you think William's custom reels are something to see, you've just got to see what he does with rods!
 

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I do believe the new TFO 13'3"-8wt "skagit rod" will fall in the traditional action class. It is much different then the other TFO actions.
 

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Hello. The CND 15'2 Solstice 7/8 with an 8/9 CND line on it has been by far the nicest slower action rod that I have used!! I seems to do all the work for you. I am used to powering out the line on my faster rods, and was quite suprised at how easy this rod makes long and short casts sooo easy. I only fish the longer lines, so can not speak for the short ones. Best rod in the lineup...but that is only my opinion. My fishing buddy likes the 14,3 7/8 the best..
 

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I use a Sage 8136, which seems to me have more of a "traditional" action than most rods on the market.

I have been using it with a CND GPS7/8F line (65 foot head) with the Alexander Grant style taught by Gordon McLeod.

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Fred,

You may also want to take a look at the 13'3" CND North Fork Specialist - it is was designed as an 8wt Skagit-action rod, which in fact is a classic traditional action rod. It works very nicely with the CND 7/8 or the 8/9 depending on your preference.
 

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Great answers!

Couple of 'Clave's coming up so will (suspect any way) get a chance to try some of the rods listed above. Down here in So. Oregon, if you don't own it, you can't try it.

A spey paradise we ain't.:rolleyes: That siad, thank God we have Bob Meiser and Gary Anderson in our neck of the woods.
 

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well Freddie me lad,,,,,

What can I say. The Sage 8136 mentioned above is the same as the 7136 you used to have. The Burkie 8133 I can vouch for. I have that rod myself. Built by Gary. Although, to me, it is a nine weight. McKenzie Outfitters had a St. Croix 13'-0" 7/8 that went begging for a measley $130. They are out there. The difference between a 7 or an 8, or an 8 and a 9 is sometimes a rather fine line. And it is sometimes just that. The line you put on it. So drag out all your 8 wt lines, and any rod you think they may work on and go fish. I had a pretty good week before I left for the UK.
 

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Would like to get a handle on specific 8wt's that have a traditional type action. Suggestions?
I think JD has it right. Take your 9140 Sage and put a 7/8 line on it. SWEET!
 

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Ryan,

I have a brown Sage 7136 purchased new in 2003 and Sage 8136 purchased new in 2004 and they are definitely different rods.

The 7136 is much softer and works well with a floating Rio 6/7 MidSpey. The 8136 is more powerful and works well with a Rio 7/8 MidSpey, both floating and with tips.

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Traditional or Paleolithic?

Fred,

Here's one to consider: I have a Bruce & Walker "Grilse" 15' graphite rated for 5-7 lines. I've tried various lines on it, and fished a time or two with a DT7F and 6/7 Midspey. If memory serves, a 7/8 Beulah with a 75' belly/front taper also worked well. This rod is tip-heavy and bends into the corks, at a speed that makes most of the rods previously discussed seem like shoulder rockets.
 

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With the new materials and tapers, many rods have a very large grain window. Take Meiser's 15' 7/8/9 or CND 16'1" Solstice, put your 8wt. line on them and go fishing.

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Interesting comment (and a 'fur-sure, fur-sure') on

string the line and give it a try.

Have the new Hardy Mack II in an 8wt. The origingal Mack I covered several rods I have and cast actually quite well on several. The 'new II' seems (so far anyway) to be far more limited.

Ah well, to be in the high 90's again for the next several days so little 'line testing' will be going on unless I get my butt out of bed at 'zero-dark-30.':roll:
 

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Nooksack Mac said:
Fred,

Here's one to consider: I have a Bruce & Walker "Grilse" 15' graphite rated for 5-7 lines. I've tried various lines on it, and fished a time or two with a DT7F and 6/7 Midspey. If memory serves, a 7/8 Beulah with a 75' belly/front taper also worked well. This rod is tip-heavy and bends into the corks, at a speed that makes most of the rods previously discussed seem like shoulder rockets.
Mac, interesting you should mention the above rod. Seen several references to 'it' on a couple of UK boards. What caught my attention was the 5-7 in a 15' foot rod. Now that I'd like to try.

That said, not sure what you're getting at with the last sentence above.
Fred
 
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