TFO Introduces New Mangrove Rod

TFO oval logoBy TFO

For decades Flip Pallot has shared his knowledge, enthusiasm and friendship with countless anglers in the pursuit of some of the most wary and challenging fish around the world.  From spellbound anglers tuning into The Walker’s Cay Chronicles, to those fortunate enough to share a boat with him … most all would agree that Flip’s experiences have enriched us – made us better anglers – and made us better stewards of the environment.  And now he’s sharing his experience once more through the new Mangrove rod series from Temple Fork Outfitters. mangrove (1)

Mangrove sticks were first seen in my mind’s eye from the poling platform of my skiff as I watched anglers struggle with fishing casts…realistic fishing casts within sight fishing distances.

Many saltwater fishing opportunities are fleeting and require timely presentation of fly to fish. It’s not really so much the number of false casts required to close the deal as it is how quickly the angler can begin to feel the fly line and shoot the fly into the area of awareness of a fish.

The rod and the casting abilities of each angler have EVERYTHING to do with this. Super technical, magnum taper rods are not always the right choice for all anglers in real fishing situations.  A rod that anglers can feel and that can re-present a fishing cast (especially along shorelines) is what is often needed. This is the genesis of the Mangrove family of TFO rods; they are, very simply, fishing tools that have been developed slowly and carefully in the crucible of real, honest fishing situations…not on a drawing board!

Grab hold of a Mangrove Stick by TFO and see just how much trouble you can get into……..

Flip Pallot

Built with the hardcore angler in mind, the Mangrove series utilizes TFO’s proprietary TiCr blank coating, which helps protect the rod from the occasional collision with a weighted fly, and TFO’s proprietary Tactical Guides™ that are braid and saltwater safe…plus they can’t break or pop out like traditional ceramic guides.  The unique non-glare chestnut colored blank features a full wells grip with an instant rod weight burled cork ID system, fighting butts and cleverly machined hook keeps on each side of the aluminum up-locking reel seat. Mangrove chart

The Mangrove series is available now in 9 foot 4 piece configurations and in weights from 6 through 10 plus a 12.  All are priced at $249.95 and they feature TFO’s legendary Unconditional Lifetime Warranty.


Fishing for Freedom Tournament to benefit Wounded Warriors

Check out the Second Annual Fishing for Freedom Tournament. All proceeds go to support the Wounded Warrior Project. There will even be a few TFO rods up for auction!

The Second Annual Fishing for Freedom Tournament is a public tournament to recognize the men and women who fought for our country. They will have over 20 professional fishing guides committed to donating a free day of fishing with a Wounded Warrior. 736834_408852399194959_1713650860_o

The tournament will be held March 30, 2013 at the Boat and Ski Club of New Smyrna Beach, Fla.

For more information on this event, including ways to help support those who fought/fight for our freedom, please visit:, or call Eric Templeton (386) 689-9746 or, Tom Marks (407) 709-8775.

Mini Mag Series: The Perfect Largemouth or Smallmouth Rod

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A question came up today about the best rod for largemouth and smallmouth bass.

We answered with a variety of rods that we felt would fit this customers needs (and the rods we all liked casting at bass).

Then the customer tossed a curve ball into the scenario.

“It needs to be 8-feet or less to be legal for a tournament.”


The customer went on to explain how he had become unhappy with some of the other bass specific fly rods, which he fished in tournaments. The problem he said was that most fly rods in heavier weights (7-10), were all 9 feet long.

An ancillary problem was price, (found it hard to spend over $500 per rod).

After some thought we had the perfect solution. The Mini-Mag Series.

MiniMag Kit

This rod is a powerful fishing tool adept at tossing bass bugs and poppers into heavy cover. Originally thought of as a great rod for short, accurate casts into mangroves for snook and tarpon, we found it excelled at fighting bass from cover.

Because of the rods unique blend of S-glass and high modulus graphite, we were able to build a rod that had superb lifting power, but also exceptional casting ability. This is especially the case with higher grained floating and sinking lines.

This series comes in individual rods as well as combo which are paired with a TFO Prism reel and matching weight-forward line.

For more information on the Mini Mag rods, check out:

Flip Pallot at Bonefish and Tarpon Trust Event

TFO advisory staff member, Flip Pallot, will be the featured guest at the March 16, 2013 Bonefish & Tarpon Trust event in Naples, Fla.

©Temple Fork Outfitters.

©Temple Fork Outfitters.

The event will be held at the Foxfire Country Club from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

tickets are available through the BTT office (239)-283-4733 or by emailing

The Bonefish and Tarpon Trust was founded to conserve and enhance global bonefish, tarpon and permit fisheries and their environments through stewardship, research, education and advocacy.

BTT is a group of concerned anglers and guides who want to preserve the bonefish and tarpon’s way of life. Bonefish & Tarpon Trust was formed in 1998 by a group of anglers, guides, and scientists in the Florida Keys who wanted to learn more about bonefish and tarpon in order to enhance their dwindling populations. Since then it has grown to include concerned anglers from over 20 countries, researchers from around the world, and guides committed to working with BTT in order to educate anglers and gather data while on the water.

For a cool video featuring Flip on the merits of the BTT, visit:

More ways to check out TFO in March

Don’t be sad…there’s many more ways to check Temple Fork Outfitters out this month.

Don't be sad! There's many more ways to check out TFO products this month.

Don’t be sad! There’s many more ways to check out what’s new for 2013!

We will be exhibiting at these show’s for the remainder of  March:

– Northwest Sportsshow, in Minneapolis, Minn. March 21-24.

The Ultimate Sport Show in Grand Rapids, Mich. March 21-24.

BoatUS Cabela’s Big Bass Bash at Table Rock Lake on March 21-23.

For more information on TFO shows in March, or shows where there will be a TFO presence, check out our Facebook page, or email us at

Lefty Kreh Tiefest set for March 9

More than 500 anglers from around the Mid-Atlantic region are expected to attend the first ever Lefty Kreh Tiefest on Saturday, March 9, in Grasonville, Md. d1056dcc2a7a0ac1d188aa.L._V167765833_SX200_

Tiefest, now in its 11th year and sponsored by the Coastal Conservation Association of Maryland (CCA MD), has been renamed Lefty Kreh’s Tiefest to honor the fly fishing icon. During the day a number of the nation’s top fly tyers, equipment manufacturers, local guides, and others will gather to demonstrate techniques and discuss fishing strategies.

The event will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Prospect Bay Country Club, Grasonville, Md.

Among the fly tyers attending will be Bob Popovics, Steve Silverio, Chris Newsome, Brad Buzzi, Steve Farrar, and Blane Crockett. A number of Chesapeake Bay guides, local tackle shops, rod makers, and other organizations associated with fly fishing will have booths at the event. Casting instruction will be available for youngsters under 16 years of age from 11 a.m. to noon. Kids should register on the CCA MD website,, for the casting instruction.

Lefty Kreh’s Tiefest is free to CCA members and youngsters under 16, and there’s a $10 cost to others. Non-members can join CCA at the event for $25 and get in free.

Houston Fishing Show in year No. 38

If you like bigger and better, you’re going to love the new tackle and expanded booth space at the 38th annual Houston Fishing Show, set for March 6-10 at the George R. Brown Convention Center.

Temple Fork Outfitters will be exhibiting and showcasing several high-quality lines of fly and conventional rods and new for 2013 gear.

This year’s show will be larger by three dozen exhibits– among hundred.51556v2v1

Whether it’s inshore lures or offshore, freshwater or saltwater, if it’ll work in Texas, it’ll be at the show.

The Fishing Show has boats, too, including the latest in shallow-draft hulls. Watch for boats and boat lines rarely seen outside Florida. The latest and finest center-consoles will be there, as well.

This year’s show features guides and outfitters from Port Isabel to the Chandeleur Islands. Take advantage of their presence to compare packages and rates, then throw down a deposit on a prime weekend. Many outfitters offer discounts to clients who book their trips at the show.

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department returns with staff who would like nothing more than for us to know more about fishing rules and regulations. If you have children, ask about special youth activities and the state’s nationally acclaimed restocking and hatchery programs, which poured tens of thousands of rainbow trout into small ponds around Houston this winter.

This year’s seminar schedule is packed start to finish with some of the best in the industry, each willing to tell all for the betterment of the sport. Specific times, topics and presenters are available daily at the door. Check the roster as you enter the show, and time your stay accordingly, or go to the event Web site ( to schedule your trip around a favorite outfitter or guide.

Show hours are noon to 9 p.m. Wednesday through Friday; 10a to 7 p.m. Saturday; and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $9 adults, $2 children 6-12. For more information, call 281-350-2741 or go to