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What Temple Fork Rod would you get to fish in N. Ga and the South East and a trip out West once a year?
What model and size?
03-31-06, 12:12 PM
Hmm... your asking for a very well rounded trout rod. I doubt I'm the right person to ask but i'd say stick with a 4wt model. dependig on what size water your fishing and the heaviest flies you plan on flicking. I'd say go with a "fast" 4wt and you could throw a 5wt line out west on it if needed.
as far as length, I'd check out the 8' models unless your fishing tiny spring creeks exclusivley. but a nice 8' rod is quite nice.
happy adventures :)
03-31-06, 12:29 PM
I have always felt that if you are looking for a rod that can do a little of everything, go with an 8.5 foot 5 weight. They make great trout rods that can be used for everything from tiny drys to heavy nymphs and wooly buggers. And it can handle bass or panfish when called for.
As far as TFO rods, dont' own one but have heard good things about them.
03-31-06, 01:23 PM
You have a wide range there going from the Mnts of GA to big streams out west. As far as the Mnts of GA go I really like the Finesse series in a 9 Foot 4 weight. Its a great rod and loaded with a double taper line it cant be beat. As far as the streams out west, if your only going once of twice a year, I would go with a TiCr 6 weight. If you like fast action rods then stepping up to the TiCrX 6 weight would suit you just fine. A alternative is to go with the Jim Tenny series in a six weight although its not nearly as fast. Hope this helps and Thanks for choosing TFO, Luke
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Thats a tuff one. I agree with luke on the new Finesse rods for the Ga Mtns but I differ in size. I think a shorter rod would be more the ticket either 7'9' 4wt or 5wt. I also agree with luke that a six weight would be the answer for out west because you may be throwing larger flies and dealing bigger water. It sounds like you may need two rods in order to meet your requirments.
I mainly fish N. Ga so I probably am going to get something a bit more suited for this area. Dukes is my main fishing hole but I like to hit up just about everything else when I get a chance. Do you think the Finese Series is a good rod for Dukes and would it have enough uummpp to cast the waters of the Chattooga DH. I also do a lot of nymphing so would that rod be a good one for that sort of action?
So I have pretty much decided on getting a 4wt, now I just need to make up my mind on what length and which series.
Thanks for the comments.
04-24-06, 11:53 PM
Just tried all the TFO series at BPS and man can they shoot line! Compared 5 wts at 9 ft..St Croix Avid, TFO Pro, TFO TiCr, and also an 8 wt TFO TiCrX...If you're looking for a shorter rod, you can only go Pro because the TiCr and X are only made in the 9 ft...(As listed in their brochure)...
The 5 wt really seemed more like a 6 wt in the action.
Great Rods, but the only drawback with the TFO rods are that they seem very heavy. Compared to other rods, they cast great, but would be hard for me to wing back and forth for long periods of time.
I personally ended up getting a 8' 4 wt Pro for the N.GA mtns. Something to have fun with and to help keep me out of the trees. Seems to be a lot easier to manage instead of getting my 9' tip always stuck in the trees.
04-25-06, 09:33 AM
I have the TFO TiCr X 9ft 5wt and use it alot on North GA's bigger waters and places with larger fish like Dukes and Waters. I've also fished it quite a bit on some of Michigan's bigger waters, and can say its handled everything very well. I wouldnt go out west with anything under a 5wt, 6 might even be better. The TiCr X is a super quick rod, and can chuck some serious weight, indicators, streamers, or large wind resistant dries with ease. I havent fished it out West yet, buy I think it would do well on the large rivers and windy conditions.
04-25-06, 09:36 AM
had what i think would be the perfect dukes rod. i had never seen one of these before. It was a TFO pro series 7.5 foot 5 weight four piece. I didnt know they mad a 5 weight that short. not TFO anyway. shuold be able to handle some smaller flies and also be able to fling weight pretty well which you know you need at dukes.
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