here's my situation.....about 6 months ago a friend gave me a old old reddington 8/9 wt combo so I could try my hand at saltwater fly fishing but it needed new line. After talking to a fly guide friend of mine he suggested Rio Redfish wf8f line because it had a short heavy head which would load the rod fast without a lot of line off the reel to make short to medium length casts off my kayak.
I've already upgraded the reel to a Sage 2280 and put the Rio line on it and now I'm wanting to upgrade the rod but can't figure which TFO rod weight or model to get. Normally I would match the rod weight to the line weight but after investigating the line weight in grains I think I need to jump up to a 9 weight rod.
Here's the number break down:
Standard 8wt line 210 grains acceptable range 202-218 Standard 9wt line 240 grains acceptable range 230-250
Rio Redfish wf8f 290 grains!
Will a 9wt rod cast my line better than an 8wt?
The rods I'm looking at buying for that reel and line are TFO BVK or TiCrX
Which of those two rods would be best for my reel and line set-up?
pj how are you doing, sorry i took so long to respond, been fishing hard, but as to your question i personaly feel that a 9wt is easier to cast then a smaller line wt, in windy conditions is far better then a 8wt, also providing you have a good fly line like the one your buddy recomended i personally like the scientific redfish line, if you looked at my blackdrum video you will see me using my 9wt gloomis cross current with a 9wt wff line, its a really nice set up and you can muscle some fish, i also have a 7wt gloomis with scientific bonefish line that i can wing out pretty far, under low winds, but you can use it when is windy but a bit harder to get out is all pratice pj, i just got my hands on a 12wt gloomis pro1 from one of my customers, i just need a reel now for it, i will use this setup for the 100plus pound tarpons out on the flats, im tired of using my buddys 12 wt i need my own, i can tell you wright now that tfo are great rods cause i have one and they are super and priced wright, if you dont want to spend to much money on a high end rod, like loomis tfo is the way to go, the good fly lines are very important and also expensive, try and get a good fly line, also you can go to the fly shop in miami, and they might have some rods set up with diffrent company lines rods and reels that you can test out and get a feel for it before you buy a rod or a fly line. ok buddy hope this helps you and if you have any questions feel free to contact me you can ask fish head for my cell # ulysses
PJ, just to chime in on Ulysses' post...I use the 9wt TFO TiCrX on my kayaks and would carry any other rod. I've broken the rod twice and have had no problems getting them replaced by TFO - great service. Beyond the price and service I can tell you they cast great and are a great little rod for the price. I own Hardy & Sage as well, but no way they will ever get on my kayak :-)