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Burkie 8139-3 or 8142-4

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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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I've never fished the 8142, but do own the 8139-3. It is my go-to winter rod, but since my winter steelhead fishing is limited, I also use it on rivers like the Clearwater. I fish an 8/9 WA 45 and a 630 gr compact skagit. I want to find a longer short belly like FF 55 or Vector, but just haven't taken the time to figure that our yet. It throws a dry line w/ a size 8 hair wing or length of T-14 with a dumbbell eye leach equally well.I would rate it an 8+ so I'm confident in it's ability to handle larger fish.
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