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Steelhead flyrod blank

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I have a couple of 8wt's and I've thought about rebuilding one (not enjoying the guides) but am also looking at building one from scratch. I've been looking at a couple of discontinued Sage blanks, a TCR 9' 8wt and a SLT 9'6" 8wt. I would be building this to use on the Brule. Any suggestions on which blank to choose.

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I am not familiar with Sage blanks at all. But for Steelhead I would think either blank, considering they are 8wts would work fine. The only thing would be how and where you are going to use them. To me if I was fishing on smaller tree lined streams, I would want the shorter rod, if I am fishing more open rivers, the longer one would be my choice. And don't take my opinion too far as I am a real rookie to fly fishing.

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You tend to wade deeper when fishing for steelhead as well as do a lot of drifting so a longer rod is useful.

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Personally i'd lean towards the longer blank. Lots of folks are going to and enjoying "switch" rods in the 10-11 ft range. I built a 11 ft 6/7 wt on a talon blank that I love. Just some food for thought and depends on what applications your useing it for. It's great for mending line, nymphing with or without a indy, punching long cast, swinging wets, etc...

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