If you’re a well-rounded fly angler, chances are you have space for an eight-weight in your arsenal. Much like the five-weight, it’s a great rod for doing just about anything, particularly if you’re within shouting distance of saltwater. If you ask most guides, they’ll say an eight-weight is ideal for species like redfish, speckled trout, largemouth bass, and maybe even carp. It’s a powerful rod, but it still feels like you’re fly fishing. It’s a joy to cast and has all the pull you need for that bull red. Let’s put it this way: If you could only have two rods, we’d suggest the four-weight and the eight-weight. Between those two, you can catch just about anything.
We have two great options for eight-weight rods. First, our Outcast is specifically designed for saltwater, with corrosion-resistant materials and an engraved aluminum reel seat. Plus, it has a distinct “saltwater look” that’s right at home on the flats. We also have our Vesper rod in eight-weight, with industry-leading materials and unmatched performance on the water. It’s a great option for saltwater, freshwater, or both. Both models include a cork fighting butt to help wrangle those sea monsters you’re bound to hook into.
Regardless of which rod you choose, our eight-weight rods are built to the highest standards—distinctive styles inspired by classic design, custom reel seats made with unique burled hardwoods, hand-turned cork grips, and more. Each of our eight-weight rods is the perfect balance of value and craftsmanship, proof that you don’t need to shell out for a second mortgage to have a great day on the water. If you have a question about which rod weight is right for you, or which model fits your needs, be sure to reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Cheers to tight lines and we’ll see you out there.