You didnt say if the rod is glass or graphite. But there is a problem with the # you gave for the rod. It should be 838 not 938. 83 for the lenght of the rod and 8 for the line wt.. 938 would be a 9'3" rod for 8 wt. line.St. Croix has been using this # system for many years evan when they were still building glass rods.