Re: 2018 8 Weight Rod Shootout Published

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Posted by Scott Jaunich on 2018-01-08 12:55:42 in reply to Re: 2018 8 Weight Rod Shootout Published posted by Steve Birrer on 2018-01-06 07:49:17

Steve - I can't disagree. But, I also believe that within a general framework, it should be up to the user to determine optimal. As an example: As a junior and then in college I was a good tennis player. Then I had several surgeries and didn't play for many years. When I turned 40 I returned to the court after many years off. Frame selection was easy (I thought), but the string technology has progressed in a huge way, not only by those who make it but by those who string it. In 10 years since I've resumed playing, I've been through 3 frames as my strength has improved and my balance preference has changed. My stringing of choice is a hybrid of two strings, at different tensions, that I share only with my stringer and we determine upon conditions. There's no way I could call Rick Pope and ask "Which TFO is best for me?" even if I know it was intended as an 8 wt for big pike, and not bonefish. Seasonally, even then, I'll be adjusting lines and flies. Consider the review as a data point guardrail, and within those parameters you'll have to find your best path! No one can tell us what is "RIGHT" or "BEST". I agree with you that more data would be better, but where does that stop?

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