I have this rod. I do not think it is an 8 wt at all. The C-line designation is a much closer description for line weight, which equates to a 7 wt. Normally, I fish mine with a generic brand 7 wt WF line with poppers, sliders, streamers, and once, even a rubber worm. If I want to speed it up a bit, I put a 6 wt on it when I am fishing smaller flies. It is one of the rods I have for warm water fishing but I do not cast in the 50 ft range. If I were to try that, I'd certainly use the lighter 6 wt line, but I don't think it would show its best performance. I don't think it is a long range rod.
I am known as a slow-rod fan which may be why I seem to like it and you may be used to faster actions.
The big brother to that rod is the FY-A510, 8'6" rod which fishes well with an 8 wt, and casts longer distances with more authority. It is one of the few glass rods I own that are longer than 8 ft.
I have the 8'6 as well with the shakespeare auto reel that matches the wrap colors and balances the rod perfectly.I use bass bug line.cortland?, and it is a rocket.I loaned it to my son and have yet to get it back.I use my GC bass bug rod primarily as it is a lighter rig.Both of these rods i can throw most of the line with a bass bug in tow.