NEW GTS Walleye Series helps anglers master the light-bite

By TFO Rods

Sensitivity, stealth and pin-point bait placement are some of the cornerstones of effectively targeting walleye.

After years of research and development TFO has crafted a family of rods to meet those demanding prerequisites.

The NEW GTS Walleye Series offer 8 technique-specific models, (spinning and casting) to help anglers land arguably the most finicky freshwater fish.

GTS Walleye rods incorporate beautiful, translucent green blanks with proprietary, braid safe Tactical Series guides with black anodized foots and chrome inserts. These rods feature premium-grade cork grips and cleverly placed hook keepers.



GTS WJS 663-1 and WJS 664-1:  

Walleyes can be finicky biters known to suck the blood from a leech without ever alerting an angler to its presence.

The 6’6” medium light model is a superb tool for the subtle presentation of light jigs tipped with leeches or crawlers.

While the 6’6” medium power model has a slightly beefier backbone for a solid hook-set when working larger, meatier baits and fighting larger fish. Both rods feature split-cork grips for additional weight savings.


GTS WRS 703-1 and WRS 763-1:

The Lindy Rig® has been without a doubt, one of the most productive walleye catching techniques in recent history.

Despite a relatively simple premise, not just any rod will allow this technique to succeed.

A rigging rod needs the subtle nuances of a faster, stiffer tip to bring to life the often ultra-subtle presentation.

The WRS 703-1 and 763-1 can also double as rods for pulling bottom bouncers, crawler harness rigs or crankbaits. Both the 7’0” and 7’6” medium-light models come in a split-grip handle.


GTS WBC 704-1 and WBC 764-1:

A staple presentation for locating schools of fish has been to run bait along drops offs and weed lines.  The Spinner Rig/bait trolling rods brings to the table a smorgasbord of leeches, crawlers and minnows. For those running single and two-hook harnesses, the WBC family is the ticket. Both rods come in a full-cork grip to snuggly fit in rod holders.

It’s been said that the bigger the blade, the bigger the bump and thump.

The 7’6” model is perfect for when the water gets cloudy and anglers need to turn to larger, flashier blades to elicit strikes.


GTS WTC 703-1 and 863-1T:  

Peek into any walleye anglers tackle trays and you’re likely to find a healthy supply of long-bodied, tear-drop billed lures.

From Walleye Divers® to Hot N’ Tots® and Long A’s® to Shad Rap’s® walleye anglers have the trolling lure approach dialed in.

The WTC models load progressively from butt to tip, with a more forgiving action necessary for effective hook-sets when working cranks with treble hooks. These rods feature a full-cork grip and forward mounted hook keeper.

The 7’0” model is great for the close-in rod, in the holder and cranks that dive less than 10-feet.

The 8’6” model is ideal for deeper diving lures or running baits through a planer board. This model is telescopic to accommodate rod lockers.

NEW TFO GIS rods perfect for any saltwater application

By TFO Rods

Looking for a new saltwater rod?

TFO recently introduced a new line of GIS rods, designed by Gary Loomis and built by TFO.

The 17-model family, (both spinning and casting) offers the premier technique specific actions and durability to get the job done.

GIS rods are topped with Fuji® guides with Alconite inserts and come in a vibrant aqua-blue colored blank with matching thread wraps.


Tailing reds are no match; snook may as well stay hidden in the mangroves and tarpon will get a much needed lesson in respect, with the NEW TFO GIS rods.

Tailing reds are no match; Snook may as well stay hidden in the mangroves, stripers will be subdued and tarpon get a lesson in respect with the NEW TFO GIS inshore family of rods.

Tailing reds are no match; Snook may as well stay hidden in the mangroves, stripers will be subdued and tarpon get a lesson in respect with the NEW TFO GIS inshore family of rods.

Although labeled as an inshore family of rods, these models feature crossover actions and configurations for any freshwater application.

Below is a brief breakdown of the new family, including various applications and techniques. For more on the GIS series, please visit,


SWC/ SWS 693-1: 

Fast action rods that load further down the tip increasing casting efficiency with lighter lures and in sight- casting situations. A great medium-light powered rod with a split grip, cork handle for speckled trout, redfish and flounder.

SWC/ SWS 694-1: 

The all-purpose, split-grip rod for the flats or deep wading. Excels at throwing surface and sub-surface baits, with the ideal length and balance to achieve maximum casting efficiency. Perfect for pounding plugs along the mangroves, chasing fish around pillars and docks or chucking Corky’s along the Texas coast.

SWC 6104-1: 

Based off of the popular GTS SHS rod, the SWC 6104-1 has a fast, stiff tip. This action adds movement to soft plastics with minimal effort, best suited for jig-heads with small soft plastics and spooks/jerkbaits with a single hook.

SWC 704-1 and 705-/ SWS 704-1 and 705-1: 

These full-cork grip rods cover a wide variety of scenarios. Perfect for bait under a popping cork or a buck tail rod for snook, redfish and tarpon in the estuaries or along the beach.

SWC 793-1, 794-1 and 795-1/ SWS 793-1, 794-1 and 795-1

The medium fast actions of these longer models are designed to achieve maximum casting distance in the most efficient manner, while ensuring a solid hook-set when fishing lures with treble hooks. Want to rip a Rat-L-Trap® along the jetty? Need a few extra feet of distance out of that cracked crab or sand flea on the flats? These rods are up for the challenge, with enough power in the butt to haul in that big jack or bluefish.

SWS 7116-1 and 7117-1: 

Pick your power and throw large baits the distance, with the confidence to fight that beast back to the boat or shore. Chasing crashing birds along the surf and need to get that extra few feet? Grab a Pencil Popper® or X-Rap® Subwalk and the 7116-1 to cover some serious water. Both models are perfect for throwing large artificial lures as well as bait for jacks, tarpon and cobia.

TFO at the 2016 Sandy River Spey Clave

Come join Temple Fork Outfitters at the 2016 Sandy River Spey Clave at Oxbow Park on May 13-15.

Take part in this gathering of of anglers, manufacturers and two-handed rod enthusiasts.

Often touted as the “Woodstock of spey casting events,” this three-day event features casting, fishing and fly tying demonstrations and presentations as well as over a 30 product booths.  spey-clave-2016

Friday is “Beginner’s Day,” which focuses on introducing new anglers into the sport of two-handed rod casting and fishing.

Male and female instructors/presenters will be mixed into all three days of the scheduled on-the-water programs.

For more information on the event, please visit, Sandy River Spey Clave 2016.


EDGE Rods from Gary Loomis – Dally’s Ozark Fly Fisher

The buzz about the NEW line of EDGE fly rods, designed and built by Gary Loomis in the U.S.A. has been growing.

Check out what Dally’s Ozark Fly Fisher has to say about the new rods.

“THE name is unfamiliar, the technology new, but there is something about an unpainted fly rod blank that says Gary Loomis.

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It’s been almost 20 years since Gary sold off G. Loomis, after being diagnosed with prostate cancer and while he never really went away, after winning that battle, the new EDGE rods are all his.
TFO, with whom Gary had been working in recent years, is handling all the distribution & warranty work out of their Dallas HQ, so it was an easy addition to our lineup.”

For the full article, click here.

The Inside Story on How Lefty Named a Clouser Fly

Bob Clouser, (TFO Advisory Staff) teaches fly tying, casting and fishing and says the The Complete Cast: Applying Principles to Fresh & Saltwater Fly Casting with Lefty Kreh & Ed Jaworowski is “the best explanation of the principles of fly casting ever published. It proves that there is very little effort in moving the fly rod to exert energy throughout its length.”

Seems like any fly fisherman worth his salt has a good Lefty Kreh story to tell. Bob, who’s the creator of the Clouser Deep Minnow fly pattern known worldwide, credits Lefty with helping him name the famous fly. Clouser_Series

Clouser tells it like this:  “I first met Lefty when I was developing fly patterns for the smallmouth bass in the Susquehanna River that he and I loved to fly fish. I was in the process of developing the Clouser Minnow or the Clouser that it is now called. Lefty phoned me to ask how the river conditions were because he was bringing a friend up to fish.
“I said ‘very good, but I have something to give you to use that will out-catch any fly we ever cast to smallmouth.’ I heard a grunt on the other end of the line. When he arrived I put a half dozen of the flies in his hand and his first remark was, are these done? I said ‘yes’ and he and his friend went out on the river to fish. I mentioned that I would be over to check on how the flies were producing later in the day. TheCompleteCast-Cover-LowRes

“As I approached their boat I took notice that Lefty had on a red and white hackle fly. I asked how he was doing and said ‘not so good.’ I asked why he wasn’t using the new fly pattern I gave him.  His friend broke into a big smile that I have not seen in a long time and said: ‘Bob, I want to thank you. I just out-caught Lefty Kreh with six smallmouth to his one using your fly all day while Lefty was using a dozen of other patterns for testing your new fly.”

Lefty said, ‘What are you going to name that fly? I said he should name it since I am not good at that. He said, “Well, it is tied by Clouser and It goes deep and swims like a hurt baitfish. How about, Clouser’s Deep Minnow?’ The rest is history.”

The Complete Cast: Applying Principles to Fresh & Saltwater Fly Casting with Lefty Kreh & Ed Jaworowski is available as a Collector’s Edition DVD or as an instant download. Visit to select your purchase option.

The DVD includes both Blu-Ray (BRD) and Standard Definition for $49.95. The full video is also available to download for $39.95 while individual downloadable chapters start at $5.95 to purchase and $3.95 for rental.

The Complete Cast: Applying Principles to Fresh & Saltwater Fly Casting with Lefty Kreh & Ed Jaworowski is a 13-part series, produced by Temple Fork Outfitters and filmed by Bloomfield Knoble.



You’ve Been Thinking of Fishing Rods All Wrong (Modulus)

The second edition in our series of misconceptions and beliefs about fishing rods, focuses on the term modulus and what materials are used to build fishing rods.

Exhibiting at dozens of shows every year, we often are asked, “What is this? IM6 IM7?”

Our answer?


These names, (IM6, IM7, IM8 etc.) are ones that have been attached to conventional and fly rods over the past few decades. Despite being seen as the “gold,” standard, they really aren’t.

A number of recently rolled rods of various modulus await the next phase of the building process.  Photo by TFO Rods.

A number of recently rolled rods of various modulus await the next phase of the building process.
Photo by TFO Rods.

What they are, are trade names for particular graphite makeups produced by the Hexcel Corporation.

These numbers are not an indication of quality, especially since other companies use the designations to refer to graphite not made by Hexcel. At best, they allow you to compare the quality of the material used to build different rods by the same manufacturer. You can be confident that the IM7 rod would use better graphite than the IM6 rod if both are made by the same manufacturer.

It would be a much more inaccurate to use these brand names to compare rods made by two different companies.

What is important is what is refereed to as modulus.

Modulus refers to the stiffness of the graphite, not the amount of material used or the number of graphite fibers incorporated into the sheets.

It is a stiffness to weight ratio. That stiffness is a major factor in determining which rod is the best, for a desired application and fishing scenario.



Chasing The Donkey

Can’t get enough big fish, on big flies…this will get you pumped up for winter fishing…

The Ozark Fly Fisher Journal

I’m not quite sure I knew what I was biting off when I took this on. Originally Brian Wise and I were talking, as we have done for 2 or 3 years, about really doing a streamer video down here, to show the craziness and intensity of the winter season.

Then Wise got elected to public office, most of our boats were full, or I was rowing so I was just carrying the camera along and shooting the fish we landed. And they kept getting bigger. Which is totally backasswards to the way real films are made.

This is the short edit we did for the Fly Fishing Film Tour _ and missed on the last cut, but learnt a huge amount in the last few weeks with advice from those guys, about all the stuff that goes on after you finish filming.

Despite all that I still think we managed…

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