URGENT, need help deciding Burkheimer spey rod

Discussion in 'Spey Clave' started by liltanker32, Jun 13, 2013.

  1. liltanker32 Member

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    vancouver washington
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    hey guys and gals,

    I am having a really hard time decinding on which burkheimer spey rod to get. I am between the 7134 and the 8134.

    I want this spey rod to be a summer and winter rod. I have read that some people say a 7134 would work as a year round soey and others say go with the 8134. im picking one tomorrow so I need help making up my mind.

    I usually fish the deschutes, kalama, klickatat, grand rhonde, north umpqua and many other.
  2. Dave Evans Active Member

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    Did you get a recommendation from the guys in the shop? I have always found Kerry, Nate and Rob to be very helpful on choosing rods, and their recommendations for me at least have always been dead-on.
  3. liltanker32 Member

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    vancouver washington
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    they said the 7134 may be a bit light for year round fishing, thats why im leaning to the 8134
  4. TrevorH Active Member

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    It really depends on you. If you are going to push the rod by fishing it to chums/kings/big BC steel, or fish really obnoxious tips & flies, then you should gear up for it. You should respect what the rod was designed to do. I have a 7134, and it's plenty for 95% of what I do, winter included, and still enjoyable with smaller steelhead.
  5. golfman65 Guest

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    say 99% trevor!!!

    fished big and small with the 7133 but agree whole heartily.....big ugly junk, get the bigger rod...
  6. Rob Allen Active Member

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    Vancouver WA
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    7134-4 is a great rod for all purpose steelheading with a leaning towards summer run fishing
    the 8134-4 is a great all around steelhead rod leaning more towards winter runs

    i choose the 7 because my winters are dedicated to erradicating chambers creek winter runs and for that the best rod has nothing to do with flies.
  7. Phil Fravel Friendly

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    Bonney Lake
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    Go with the 7134. Unless you are traveling to places allot with larger fish. For the PNW the 7134 is perfect
  8. liltanker32 Member

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    ended up going with the 8134 because i do go to bc allot to ski and want to start fishing while im up there. i think with the bigger fish up there i made a good choice. I will post some pics when I pic it up on monday. im gonna go start a dedicated burkheimer thread. thank you for all of the input guys
  9. bennysbuddy the sultan of swing

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    Buy one of each and support a great American company.
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  10. Steve Knapp Beach Bum

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    Maple Valley
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    I'm relatively new to the spey game, and have only cast a handful of rods, but my Burkheimer 8134 is just awesome. I haven't even tapped into what it can do. So far my favorite line is a FF 45 7/8, it feels smooth as Hell, although this is also my first venture away from Skagits, so who knows.

    I picked up my second Burkheimer this week, a mint/used 7127 from a forum member which is also an absolutely fantastic stick. It is so easy to cast its stupid. You won't be sorry.

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  11. Steve Saville Active Member

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    Sounds like you have a pleasant dilema.;)