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Best Buy 8 Weight Outfit

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The Obvious choice for our “Best Buy” 8-weight rod is the $189.95 Fenwick Aetos.


If you are looking for an inexpensive 8-weight, look no further! This rod is an absolute steal at the low price of $189.95. It’s not the lightest rod and the components are not that great either, but the fast action is just right and gave me pretty good feel and accuracy, especially at the shorter distances.  For sure, this rod walks away with the title of the best inexpensive 8-weight. To get a rod that will perform better, you will have to spend another $250 – $400! The Aetos is no long-distance cannon but at 35-60 feet it is surprisingly impressive. Also, if you are looking for an inexpensive back-up 8-weight for a trip, you can’t go wrong with the Aetos.

Add the Redington Grande reel and you’ve got a combo that can’t be beaten on price and performance. From the flats to throwing streamers in Montana this set up will do it all. Use the drop-down menu to customize the outfit to your needs.

Fenwick Aetos 9′ 8wt | $189.95

Redington Grande | $299.95

Choice of Line | $79.95–$89.99

Hand Tied Leader | $6.95

200 yds. 20# Backing | $20.00

Rigging | $10.00

Subtotal | $606.80–$616.84

Line Discount | <$35.00>

Free Rigging | <$10.00>

Grand Total | $561.80-$571.84

Retrieve Options

Left Hand retrieve, Right Hand retrieve

Line Options

Rio 10ft Streamer Tip, S.A. Anadro, S.A. Bonefish