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: New Rods Purchase-TFO?

02-28-2005, 08:55 PM
Mr Horton, you out there?

As I've posted before, I'm going to New Zealand in a couple of months. I'm trying to keep the fishing gear in as small of a case as possible and thus have been leaning towards a 6pc rod. 6pc's allow the rod to be broken in half for short term transport...hence my aversion to 5 and 7pc. My search so far has lead me to Bean and TFO. I've heard great things about TFO and this sounds like a great time to give it a whirl.

Few questions to anyone who has knowledge of the TFO's...

1. The 6pc only come in the Professional series. Am I missing much here by not going with the blue TiCr's? Are the tapers and actions similar?

2. I've been fishing a 5pc for a while, are the 6's any more prone to rough flexing?

Upon reviewing the page, I'm really leaning towards grabbing the 5wt for trout and the 8wt for any saltwater or larger steelies.



03-02-2005, 08:28 PM

Hope I can help with the TFO rod line. I love them.

1. The TFO Pro and the TiCr definitely have different actions. The TiCr is faster than the Pro, but both are great. As for the Cobalt-Blue TiCr-X I cannot comment but am considering casting and buying one. They are supposed to be faster than the Pro, and the TiCr. Hope this helps.

2. No idea. Most of my rods are 3 and 4 peices. Good luck though.


ps- the 8 weight TiCr is one of my favorite all time rods. It is a cannon.

03-02-2005, 11:12 PM
My honest advice is if you already have good rods, save your money and take those with you.

For some reason, we all seem to think that any major trip will fail unless we load up with new equipment. I own only four piece rods and I am pretty sure I can travel anywhere with them.

With the money you save, you can book a guide, take a casting lesson, or buy something nice for your significant other.

Or buy yourself one of them fancy reels!

Is there a cure for gear junkiism?

03-03-2005, 07:45 AM
Well, one of my Xmas gifts from my fiance was a new setup for New Zealand. I can't say no to that. Also, I'm by no means in love with my 5pc Redington. Its broken too many times unexpectedly to warrant trust on this 3week trip. So, that's why I'm heading for new equipment. By no means a gear junkie, just want to have the right stuff for the trip. Additionally, the 4 and 5pc rods I"ve used are just a bit too big I think. They always stick above the sides of my backpack and catch on everything at the airport. 6pc i think should stay below my shoulders.

So, with that said...would you recommend the 6pc TFO Pro's? I've got the reels to go with them, but may grab a slightly nicer reel for the 5 or 6wt. And we booked a guide for two days around Lake Taupo. Man am I getting excited!

03-03-2005, 12:12 PM

I'd second the idea of using what you have if you are happy with it. I just got back last week from my second trip to New Zealand. Both times I have traveled with one of the Temple Fork 4-piece rods (5wt). The rod goes in a case and then goes in a big (30" long) duffel bag from EMS. The duffel bag doesn't look like much, so I don't worry about the rod or any of my other gear getting stolen in transit. I pack clothing around the rod tube, so the chance of damage is very low.

Good luck in NZ. I have had a blast there both times. Only did a little fishing on the last trip, but had a great couple of days on the water and my usually non-flyfishing wife even caught her first trout on a fly. If you have some time, I'd highly recommend a visit to the Tongariro National Trout Center. It is at the South end of Lake Taupo on the Tongariro River. They have a very cool fish viewing window where they have installed a window in place of a part of the river bank. I could spend hours there just watching the fish in that pool.


03-05-2005, 06:33 AM
Well, backpacking is an entirely different thing then, isn't it.

I have no experience with the pack rods, so it is not possible for me to comment on them, my apologies.

03-07-2005, 07:58 AM
No sweat at all. Just figured I ask around. I'm gonna go for them though! Thanks for the feedback!

03-07-2005, 08:04 AM
Hey Nick,

Looking at those fish in the viewing window it looks like you might need a 7wt minimum! Hope you have a kickass trip down to kiwiland.

03-07-2005, 08:26 PM
Juro is right. The standard rod on the Tongariro seemed to be an 8wt. The lake run Rainbows are usually 3-4 lbs with larger ones mixed in. I used an 8wt fishing for them and it felt about right. The backcountry rivers and streams are better suited to a 4-6wt. Heavily weighted nymphs are what many of the guides use to get down to fish on the Tongariro, so the heavier rod is a nice help. Also, the guides I spoke with were really big on staying away from bright lines and bright clothing. The guide I went with dyes his lines dark green so as not to scare the fish.


03-08-2005, 07:21 AM
Yeah, that's the plan. I'll take a 6 wt for the do it myself fishing on our hikes in the back country. Then keep the 8wt for the larger trout that I hope to encounter with our guide around Taoupo and for any SW species I happen to find. I've got a sci ang sys 1 reel that should be good enough for the 6wt and I'm gonna double duty my ross big game for the 8wt. I can't wait. I just wish I had the guide a little earlier in the trip though as i'm a rookie in freshwater game. I'll just have to chat up some locals at some of the shops and see if I can barter a drink for some tips!

Good tips on the darker lines. I may have to pick up a more neutral colored floater for both of the rods.

03-08-2005, 07:34 AM
life is good when the standard trout rod is an 8wt :cool:

03-08-2005, 11:36 AM
Nah, life is just more comfortable for a guy who double hauls a 5wt on a stream he can jump across....