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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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My first Burky was an 8139 back in 2002. It still gets fished hard and has never let me down. The modern version of this rod with the latest carbon fiber is pretty amazing it's lighter and has faster recovery.

I haven't owned the 8142 for very long but so far this is my new favorite based on Versitility. It launches the FF 7/8 70' as far as I need to cast it and then it's happy with short heads and also multi density lines like the Salar finder lines. It's going to be alot of fun to fish this rod this winter. So far it's been excellent, I used this rod on the Clearwater back in October and on the smaller pools it was awsome. On the big pools I went to the 8152. But I feel the 8142 would have been plenty rod exept for maybe a couple runs I like to fish where you truly can't over cast.

My advice would be to cast both rods back to back and then decide which one fits you best.

To be honest I would not want to have to choose between the two rods. That would be a hard decision for me.
Pretty much the same, 3 3/4 perfect and also the new 3 7/8 perfect Taupo. The hatch 9 plus is also a awsome match on the 8139 and the 8142.
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