Earlier this year I parted ways with my G. Loomis 8 weight. I didn't realize how much I would miss having an 8 weight. I debated the last few months between various rods, and ultimately decided to go with a TFO BVK. I must admit, I was hesitant to pull the trigger on a non-american made rod. At the end of the day, though, I simply couldn't justify spending $700 plus dollars on a rod that I only use a few times per year for chucking large streamers. I used the BVK on Saturday and was very impressed. The rod is fast, but still has some touch. I was using sink tip with articulated streamers, and didn't have any problem with accuracy or distance. I was shocked by how light the rod felt, not only in the hand, but during casting. The weight is listed at 3.2 ounces. I didn't know the weight until I looked it up today. It feels as light as my Sage Z-Axis 6 weight. Strangely enough, the 8 weight BVK felt much lighter than the 5 weight I was using during the same day. I rate the rod as high or higher than the G. Loomis I was using before. My only complaints thus far are as follows:
1. The rod did not come with a case, which is absurd. Any decent quality rod should come with a case.
2. The alignment dots are a little off.
3. The reel seat seems a little small. I much preferred the Loomis set up with regard to the reel seat.
I am very happy with the purchase. Now I need to put it to the test on a big brown. I hope to have that opportunity later this week.