Rise Fishing. I was looking for an 8 weight rod to use in a variety of situations- sight fishing flats for carp and smallmouth, throwing streamers long distances for browns and steelhead in surf at river mouths, and possibly even rolling big flies at night for big trout. I must thank Cameron Mortenson of The Fiberglass Manifesto for putting me in touch with Amanda Switzer at Rise Fishing. He may be the Guru of Glass, but Cameron definitely has his ear to the ground in the world of fly fishing.
I plan on giving this rod a workout at the Carp Derby being put on by The Northern Angler in Traverse City May 21. I really hope to be able to lean into some Grand Traverse Bay golden bones with this one. I'm also planning a "secret" outing to a more remote location later where it should really be put to the test.