Post By: i2fly Posted: 11/28/2019 9:37:00 PMPoints: 1887
Hey guys, nobody probably ever noticed that that I fly fish. So if anyone is looking for a backup fly rod, or a entry level beginner rod that isnít junk. Sportmanís will have some TFO NXT combo rods on sale tomorrow. They are 50% off. Pretty good opportunity... I like to see my fishy friends get these. I hope this helps someone out.
Reply by: Assassin Posted: 11/29/2019 8:02:35 AM Points: 1069
thanks for the heads up, I was thinking about taking up fly fishing this spring and have been wondering bout a good beginner setup. For $100 ill have to check it out, I am headed there today anyway hopefully they have one!
Thats cool you got a rod! Read any material you can find of Lefty Krehís techniques. That you can google up. The man was a master at casting. Then most importantly go practice. The casting stroke is all about timing.! Have fun... i2
Reply by: Matt Posted: 11/29/2019 7:29:29 PM Points: 42846
Good stuff. I really like TFO gear, I have a couple rods of theirs I use. They also donated a rod years ago and signed it for Ed Dentry and we gave it to him for his retirement from Rocky Montain News. Nice guys and good rods. Matt
Reply by: Anteroman Posted: 11/30/2019 10:01:48 AM Points: 5167
Yes I have to agree with Don on this one, I have three of the high end fly rods that we see in the ads. The last three rods Iíve purchased were all TFOíS, the Lefty Kern model in 5wt at 8í 6Ē. To be 100% honest, for lake fishing from a tube, toon or boat I find these rods work just fine. I still love my Scott for throwing dry flies but the TFO at $100- 150 are fantastic. I had a guest break one this year and $35 got me a new top section, ( This was a two piece model) they will repair or replace any of their rods for $35 lifetime warranty. Bill Donít forget to put rod floats on your rods especially if your fishing two of them.
Hey Winston the very high end rod is not everyoneís nitch . I get what youíre saying...thatís not in everyoneís means either. I have several top of line Sage. But thatís me. Also I said backup rod or a good entry level rod. That isnít junk. They are not... and a hundred off is pretty cool.
Yep, Bill was there when my favorite rod flew off the boat. Heís is right never let go of your rod. New that set up was $1300.00 I almost chocked to death... lol be very cautious if you donít have floats on them.
Sorry I couldnít help myself. Summer time pitching dries. My goodness the big guy watched over me. I had many great days.... Don
Reply by: brookieflyfisher Posted: 12/2/2019 10:09:05 AM Points: 6130
Here's an unrequested opinion, but it's something I notice every time the subject of TFO rods comes up.
I'd guess one of the biggest differences in gear between fly guys who primarily fish lakes and guys who primarily fish rivers is the affection for TFO rods. There's something about TFO rods that river guys like me don't really like, even though the lake guys sing their praises all day. I think it's because TFO rods, especially the BVK, have a stiff tip section compared to other brands, so it feels like you're casting with the middle part of the rod. I bet it feels great for big hucks, but IMO that design just kills accuracy and touch.
So I'll swear up and down that you're going to get a better beginner rod for the money ($100-300 range) from Echo, Orvis, Redington, St. Croix, or Loop, but that's just likely due to a difference in where I fish.
TLDR: test-drive your fly rod before you purchase.