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Hi: You said 8-weight, but didn't specify single or double-hand rod, or budget. I'm not selling anything so here are my thoughts. The St. John is a very nice reel for an 8-weight single-hander. The Marquis Salmon 2 has more capacity and is superb if you are trying to put a reel on an 8-weight double-hander, but might be more reel than you need for a single hand rod (IMO). Either would be an excellent choice for Vancouver Island.
Bottom line, consider the line and amount of backing you are going to use and purchase a reel with the capacity that will comfortably hold it.

Lots of other nice stuff out there. Orvis, Ross, Islander, etc., etc.
 

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You should be able to find a Hardy St. John. Very nice reel on a single-hand rod, especially if you just fish rivers.
An Islander LX3.8 would be nice, but your $$ limit might be a bit low. Nice reel and also good in the salt. I use the 3.8LX on my 9', 7-8 wt. coho/bonefish rods, and also on my switch rods. Very happy.
 

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I have a Ross Cimarron C-4 with 2 spare spools in very good condition listed
in the classified at $165 shipped in US or Canada for $180. With the 2 extra
spools you would have a lot of options for lines. Good value for the money.
I will bump up the listing or you can use the search under "cimarron' to find
the listing with a picture. Thanks, Stan
 

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You should be able to find a Hardy St. John. Very nice reel on a single-hand rod, especially if you just fish rivers.
An Islander LX3.8 would be nice, but your $$ limit might be a bit low. Nice reel and also good in the salt. I use the 3.8LX on my 9', 7-8 wt. coho/bonefish rods, and also on my switch rods. Very happy.
Thank you and I agree after doing some research. I will be fishing the salt as well but will have a separate setup for that.
 

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I have a Ross Cimarron C-4 with 2 spare spools in very good condition listed
in the classified at $165 shipped in US or Canada for $180. With the 2 extra
spools you would have a lot of options for lines. Good value for the money.
I will bump up the listing or you can use the search under "cimarron' to find
the listing with a picture. Thanks, Stan
pm sent thanks
 
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