87 frog tips for bass fishing

Bassmaster Magazine has compiled some great tips from readers regarding tips for those that like throwing two legged-amphibians.

In their latest article on bassmaster.com , they asked readers and pro Dean Rojas what is the best approach to fishing frogs. Here is an excerpt from the May 31 article.

Photo courtesy of Brian Dupishane.

Photo courtesy of Brian Dupishane.

“One valuable tip while fishing with frogs that I have learned is to not jerk right away when a bass does its acrobatics. Many anglers, including myself, have missed trophy bass because of reacting too early. Most of the time when the bass jumps out of the water, it slaps the lure and tries to stun it. If you jerk right away, the bass will realize that it isn’t real bait and won’t bite. As you’re retrieving and the bass jumps, stop and lower your rod. The bass will think that it has stunned the frog and come to bite it for an easy meal. Set your hook. Rinse and repeat.”

For the full article ‘swim’ your way over to the Bassmaster site and check out, “87 tips for Bassin.”





Pickwick Lake site of BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship

The BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship will feature nearly 200 teams of collegiate bass anglers this week as the 2013 season comes to a close.

The two-day tournament runs May 23-24 on Pickwick Lake in Florence, Ala.

However, beginning on Monday May 20, vendors and exhibits will be open to the public.

TFO is proud to sponsor the BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing circuit and will be hand all weekend showing rods and answering questions.

For more information on this event, please visit: http://goo.gl/xghV5

According to a press release by BoatUS, angler should be expecting to use a variety of baits this weekend, on what has been proven to be a very active lake.

According to the article, those after the deep bite should be throwing baits such as, “Livingston deep-diving crankbaits, 10-inch worms, 5/8 ounce football jigs, big flutter spoons and absolutely weighted swimbaits.

Those after the shallow lying fish should rig-up with baits like, “The Tilapia-colored Big Bite Yo Mama and hollow-bodied frogs.”

The tournament starts on Thursday until Friday, however events and practice days run throughout this week.

To keep an eye on the leader board, check out: http://goo.gl/vkv8q 

70 Years, Only One Flip

Join us in wishing TFO Advisory Staff member Flip Pallot a Happy and Healthy 70th Birthday!

Stop by Hell’s Bay Boatworks in Titusville, Fla. on Saturday May 18, to wish icon Flip Pallot a Happy Birthday.


Permit Pilgrimage

TFO is proud to announce their sponsorship and participation in the first annual Palometa Club permit tournament.

TFO friend and dealer Tailwaters Fly Fishing Company in Dallas, the owners, guides, and staff at the Palometa Club in Punta Allen, Mexico, are gearing up for the tournament, which runs from May 17-24, 2013 presented by Howler Brothers. 

pilgrimage-posterThe Palometa Club is located on Ascension Bay – arguably the best permit fishery in the world.  A proper fishing tournament orchestrated and guided by the best guides in the region is long overdue.  Ten two-man teams will compete in three competitive permit fishing days during the week.  All non-tournament days will also feature individual competitions targeting Ascension Bay’s abundance of other species.

We are pleased to team up with Howler Brothers as a presenting sponsor of the tournament and the week.   Howler Brothers – an apparel company based in Austin, Texas – is even endorsing the event as it’s first “Howler Pilgrimage” and will no doubt bring along special elements to ensure that the experience goes well beyond just the competition on the water.

In addition to competing anglers and guests of the Club, also in attendance will be several fly-fishing industry friends and partners.  Jamie Howard from Howard Films and Matt Jones from The Fly Photo will be on hand in a chase boat documenting the trip and tournament.  All participants and winners will earn sweet gifts donated by Howler Brothers and additional sponsors like Hatch OutdoorsTFOYeti CoolersUmpquaThe Drake MagazineCosta del MarSmartshield and Fishpond.  The big winners of the permit tournament also win a gratis trip back to the Palometa Club to defend their title in 2014.

Proceeds from the tournament entry fees, calcutta, and donations will benefit the Jon Ain Memorial Fund for the Bonefish Tarpon Trust as well as the schoolchildren of Punta Allen.  Join us at this festive week of fishing with a great group of anglers and friends – and a really good party!

Cabela’s Anounces New Minn. Store

Cabela’s Incorporated, the World’s Foremost Outfitter® of hunting, fishing and outdoor gear, recently announced plans to open a new store in Woodbury, Minn.Cabela’s is a proud dealer of TFO fly and conventional gear.

TFO wishes Cabela’s the best as they begin the process of erecting a new retail outlet, set to open in the fall of 2014. cabelas-logo

The 85,000-square-foot store will be located in the Tamarack Village Shopping Center. It will be Cabela’s fourth store in Minn., following the East Grand Forks, Owatonna and Rogers locations. Construction is expected to start in fall 2013.

The store is expected to employ about 185 full-and part-time employees.

The new building’s exterior will reflect Cabela’s popular store model with log construction, stonework, wood siding and metal roofing. A large glass storefront will allow customers to view much of the store’s interior as they approach the building. The inside will feature the company’s next-generation layout, designed to surround customers in an outdoor experience, including dynamic wildlife displays and trophy animal mounts displayed on a mountain. The store will also feature a Boat Shop, Gun Library, aquarium, Bargain Cave and Fudge Shop.

For more information on this Cabela’s location and others, please visit: http://www.cabelas.com/

Cabela’s also announced plans to build a store in Greenville, S.C., opening in 2014. Cabela’s previously announced plans to open stores in Saginaw, Mich.; Grandville, Mich.; Louisville, Ky.; Green Bay, Wis.; Thornton, Colo.; Lone Tree, Colo.; Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada; Kalispell, Mont.; Anchorage, Alaska; Bristol, Va.; and Christiana, Del. It also will relocate its Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, store.

Currently, Cabela’s operates 40 retail stores across the United States and Canada.

Funny Little Toothpick of a Rod, the TFO Half Weight

One of the more creative reviews we have read of the Temple Fork Outfitters Finesse Series “Half Weight,” rod courtesy of Eric Arbogast and Le Mouching

“Funny little toothpick of a rod, the rather new “Half Weight” from the TFO Finesse series keeps raising eyebrows wherever we bring it. Even though the name might be misleading (0,5 or “half-weight” fly rod, not quite, though!), this short little stick is very lightweight and pleasing, especially when casting a WF-2 floating line in tight quarters.” 

For more on the TFO Finesse rod and Le Mouching, check out their site at http://goo.gl/0oAHe.

Photo courtesy of Eric Arbogast and Le Mouching.

Photo courtesy of Eric Arbogast and Le Mouching.

7th Annual PHW 2-Fly Tournament Raises $220,000

Over the weekend of April 27-28, Project Healing Waters 2-fly tournament brought in over $220,000.


“Lefty Kreh being honored for serving his country in WWII.”
Photo Courtesy Huffington Post.

The 2-Fly has grown from humble beginnings seven years ago to a full weekend of activities. The event began with a casual pond, bass and bluegill tournament in the afternoon, followed by a riverside cocktail party and dinner with a full program of special guests and inspiring speakers. Then the 2-Fly Tournament followed on Sunday and a closing award ceremony at the end of the event.

For the full article on this event, please check out the Huffington Post article at: http://goo.gl/nJGmE

Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing utilizes fly fishing and fly tying in the rehabilitation of disabled servicemen and women in Military Hospitals, VA Medical Centers and Warrior Transition Units all across the country. Their premier fundraising event is the 2-Fly Tournament held each year atRose River Farm in Madison County, Virginia. The farm, dedicated as PHW’s Home Waters, is owned by PHW Chairman of the Board Douglas Dear. Douglas, who also serves as the chair of the 2-Fly committee, graciously offers the use of this special property to numerous charitable organizations throughout the year. 

TFO is a proud sponsor of Project Healing Waters and donates a large portion of sales from their Project Healing Waters rod series to the organization.

Photo Courtesy Huffington Post.

“Ed Jaworowski on hand all day to help participants with their casting.”
Photo Courtesy Huffington Post.