I "need" a new rod this year, but can't afford the top end. Your suggestions on the best 8wt for the money? Also, a length preference? Needs to be a 4 piece or similar, 'cause I am always on the road. Primarily throwing ESL's, buggers, dolly llamas, etc. Beads with split shot.
Also, what reel and line? I usually go with a WF floating line, weight the fly or use split shot to get it down.