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Burkie 8139-3 or 8142-4

4196 Views 12 Replies 9 Participants Last post by  Blue Devil
I've read everything possible on this forum about these two rods.

Here's my situation. I want this rod for a medium size winter steelhead river, with large fish up to 20lb. It has swift, heavy currents and broad, deep riffles. You have to get the fly down fast so it's usually 12' of T14, longer leader and a bullet weight. You need BIG mends and a lot of line control.

I've been going back and forth between the 8139-3 Burkie and the 8142-4. I think the 8139-3 is probably great for this, but I like the convenience of a 4 piece and the fact that the 8142 is also a fantastic dry-line rod as I've read.

Opinions very welcome.
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new versus old 8139

Highlander hit it on the nail. The newer 8139s are lighter, or feel lighter, and are a little firmer. I've heard it said they are a half weight heavier. My old 8139, bought 11 years ago, is very versatile. It is incorrect to think it is not a superb dry line stick, though the 8142 is also. For heavier tips I would give the nod to the 8139. It is an amazing long distance casting tool, though not as good with bushes at your back and needing to cast only 30 or 40 feet. For that, I get fewer hangups and more control by making a very shallow D loop and tip casting with my Meiser Highlander 13' 6/7/8. Hope this helps.
Classic combo and question for Fred

In my humble opinion, the Salmon #2 plus 8139 is the quintessential spey rod combination. Fred, I also have the older 8139 (mine is circa 2003). What weight Caron are you casting on it? Also, what other line/tip/fly combinations do you like for this rod, from Skagit to long line to mid head to scandi? I'm always looking for new ways to add to the armament. Thanks,
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