Hello all, new to this site and just getting into Saltwater fly fishing. I acquired a "starter" Redington 8wt, But will SOON want to move up. Any recommendations for a decent 8wt for inshore stuff reds, trout, snook,
Can be new or used and budget under $400.00
Research will get you far in regards to choosing a company to go with for a new rod. You can narrow your search fields with your targeted species which is nice. I would find a local guide and hire them for a half day. That money will do several things for you, 1) a experienced teacher will look at your fly cast and give you pointers. 2) He/She will talk to you about presentation and show you different presentations for different types of water/fishing conditions. 3) You can pick their brain about rods, reels, flys, fly tying, waders, etc etc etc. Don't expect them to give away all their secrets and understand it is a business but they will be friendly and stay in touch with you.
Other than that, I'd save your money. Most real good rods I've been looking at are between $600-900 with excellent rods being in the $1000s. As a side note I will say I am a n00b myself and still doing tons of research. I've selected a cabelas package as my first salty rod/reel. The only reason I selected this was because when I first got into freshwater fly fishing in 2007 I went with one of their prestige package deals and it's been great ever since. I've spoken to several fly anglers some who are pro staff and guides and they've all told me the same thing. In the beginning learn about the form of the case, differences in casts for different areas, the flys, hatches, etc but don't forget to have fun! Then when you've gotten that down fairly well, you don't have to be awesome..just adequate, then put your money into a solid rig. If you really want to invest some worthwhile money, invest in good reputable fishing glasses. Its amazing what the difference is between a pair of oakleys or ray bans and a pair of Costa Del Mars. Side note- Oakley and I think ray ban both make fully polarized sunglasses which can be used for fishing.