“First the buying process was top notch. Any questions I had were answered quickly and in depth. Most emails were responded to in under an hour. Akos has a deep knowledge of fly lines and was willing and able to make recommendations based on conditions I will likely encounter. Paying for the rod was simple and the price shown was the total price charged shipped around the world to my door.
I test cast with a Rio Single Handed Spey line mounted on a Galvan Torque reel with a 9 ft leader.
Simply put this rod did everything I asked it to. It handled with ease 20ft-100ft casts and showed no preference to me on which it liked best. I was a little worried about how it would handle short casts and it did them well and accurate with just a quick flick of the wrist. On the long casts I was able to keep my accuracy and punch out pretty far and was reaching the long distance with only a small single haul or none at all. Pretty boring review, I know, but I have nothing else to say. My wife thought there was a problem because I came back inside so quick but I told her I didn't need any more practice with the rod, I was ready to go!
I am going to experiment with a different reel, based on my limited casting I think it might like a smaller lighter reel. The rod itself is very light and I think it will treat me well on those long days on the water.
The only thing left to do is see how it handles the big one and hopefully I will get to find out.
Really happy so far,
Kevin Eastman, Illinois, USA
“… and a wonderful rod it is! Simply marvelous - light, smooth, powerful, gorgeous build (guides, wraps, handle profile... ). Without a doubt, it is one of the top 8s.”
Craig Buckbee, “Easterncaster”, FFI MCI, NYS licensed fishing guide, New York, USA
“Stickman T8 is a great casting rod and with its true weight 210 grain Amplitude Bonefish it has great presentation capabilities. It is smooth, crisp and potent throwing a uniform tight loop with the SA Bonefish. Despite its ample power I would characterize it as a gentle presenter as it is adept at fluidly unfurling its perfectly shaped loops in air to accurately deposit your fly just where you want it.
Where the SA line presented with a certain gentility, Liquid Crystal shot off like a missile. It transformed T8 from a gentle presenter to a rocket launcher and did so, remarkably without phase. It handled both lines with equal aplomb while exhibiting a significant personality shift.”
Richard Franklin, New York, USA
“I own a Stickman T8 and i simply love it. It's a wonderful fishing and casting rod. Two days ago I was fishing with a friend from Belgium and he fished with it for an hour and was over the moon with it.”
Ad Swier, The Netherlands
“My first reaction of the T8 was that it is much stiffer than expected. Was even afraid that it was too stiff for a pike fly rod. This totally changed when I casted rod. Light and very easy to cast. Generates high line speed without effort. Casting a reasonable size pike streamer is not hard work. My other 8-weight now feels heavy and clumsy :-) Like the Wulff Bass Taper #8 on this rod.
The Stealth color scheme fits the rod very well.”
Marcel Opsteegh, The Netherlands