Hi, I've got a Cabela's Three Forks 8wt fly rod (I think 3 or 4 pc) that I've used for 2 years now for Kenai reds. I love the rod as it refuses to bust no mattter what happens and it seems to be farily "soft" most of the way to the handle and I use that to coax fish in (keeping the rod low and parallel to the water). The rod was not expensive (I upgraded the reel last year a model I bought from TW; also not expensive, but easy to use and easy to service (after dropping on gravel/sandy banks numerous times!).
Anyway, I like the light weight of the 8wt as it's easy to use for hours on end, I was wondering if someone has a 9' "stiffer" 8wt that's not expensive (under 100 bucks). Basically looking for something with a little more backbone (or is that the purpose of a heavier rod?) but not sacrifice overall light weight or sensitivity at the tip.
My buddy got a 9 wt. Lamiglas from TW on sale for 57.00; seems right up my alley except they ran out of them quickly; shoulda bought one right away at that price, even if I didn't really need it! Never hurts to have a backup!