TFO Spey Casting Day on the Skykomish

Join TFO Ambassador Brain Lencho on the Skykomish River on Feb. 4, for the first annual TFO and CND Rods Spey Casting Day!

Meet up with fellow spey junkies for a full day of casting and talking about all of the latest rods, reels and lines.

For more information, please contact doublespey@hotmail.com.

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TFO At the Fly Fishing Shows

Check out TFO Rods at the upcoming Fly Fishing Shows!

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Two Big Ways to Check out TFO and EDGE Rods this Weekend

By Temple Fork Outfitters

 

Two great ways to check out all of the new TFO and EDGE Rods products this weekend.

For your chance to get a sneak-peak on all of our new rods for 2017, join us at these events!

Fishing Tackle Unlimited- Inshore EXPO:

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For more information, please visit, FTU Inshore EXPO.

 

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For those in the Pacific Northwest, check out the Fly Fishing Shop in Welches on Sat. Dec. 10 for their annual METALHEAD Christmas Party.

Great prizes, food and giveaways will pad their entire event.

Stop by and check out the NEW BVK Spey rod, and all of the new products for 2017.

 

 

 

The Pandion-Not just a Two-Handed Overhead Rod

By Temple Fork Outfitters

The Pandion series is undoubtedly the premier over-head tool in the TFO line-up.

But an often overlooked use for this rod is as a sustained anchor, skagit style casting rod.

The Pandion Series two-handed rods designed by renowned expert Nick Curcione, have a very smooth medium-fast action, with a medium fast stiffness for lifting and casting more modern style heads and tips.

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A perfect tool for skagit heads and heavy sink tips. The Pandion Series a an effective rod for working steelhead runs from British Columbia to the Great Lakes. Photo courtesy of Geoffrey Motlow.

Pandion rods are built with our Kevlar Axiom technology making them incredibly smooth with remarkable distance and damping qualities.

Rods come finished with Tactical Series stripping guides and ultra-lightweight chromium impregnated stripping guides. A trimmed down, reconstituted cork handle allows for ergonomic handling and durability in the wettest fishing conditions. When the rains of the PNW are dumping and the snow in the Great Lakes is blinding, this improved handle will ensure a tight grip, and a consistent cast every time.

Pandion rods are offered in a 6, 8 and 9-weight models in lengths from 12’9″-13’9″ and retail for $449.95.

For more information on the Pandion Series, please visit, tforods.com or your local TFO dealer.

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The updated Pandion rod features improved stainless guides and a slim reconstituted cork handle for increased durability and grip. Photo courtesy of TFO.

 

Line Recommendations

MODEL LINE LENGTH SKAGIT SCANDI
TWO-HANDED OVERHEAD
TF 06 129-4 P
6 Wt. 12′ 9″ 380-500 grains 420-460 grains 380-475 grains
TF 08 133-4 P
8 Wt. 13′ 3″ 500-570 grains 500-550 grains 480- 550 grains
TF 09 139-4 P
9 Wt. 13′ 9″ 600-725 grains 600-650 grains 580-650 grains

 

TFO Unveils BVK Spey Rod Series

By Nicholas Conklin, Temple Fork Outfitters

Arrive at any boat ramp, or lodge from Northern California to British Columbia and you’ll see some of the finest two-handed rods ever built.

Not only do these meticulously finished rods cast well, they make no qualms about bringing the fight to the fish. That is exactly the mindset we tried to replicate with the BVK family of two-handed rods.

From traditional lines, to modern scandi lines and mid-bellies, this three-rod BVK family features a faster, stiffer feel that melds perfectly with swift, touch-and-go style casts.

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Think light and responsive. The BVK family of spey rods are ideal for touch-and-go casts and those throwing longer heads and lines. Photo courtesy TFO.

The 12’8” 6-weight, (400 to 600 grains), rod is the stand-out dry line/summer run rod for steelhead. Ideal for floating tips and dry line work in the Oregon and North Calif., But also has application in So Cal and Florida gulf as a two-handed overhead rod in the surf. Middle of the fairway grainage on this rod should be about 425-480.

There is a reason why 13-foot, 7-weight two-handed rods are so popular. They can cover just about any species specific technique, whether it’s battling steep banks or wind ripping up the canyon from your favorite run, this rod is small enough to cast in tight quarters while maintaining enough length to lift longer lines off of the water. The ideal grain window for the 7-weight, are lines between 450-650 grains, with the sweet spot being 480-575 grains.

The 13’4” 8-weight, (500 to 700-grains) model has a thin profile, and a light in hand feel, but, make no mistake it was built to handle big water and big fish. Triple density, floating lines and a variety of longer line approaches feel right at home on this rod. For those who desire to go after big salmon and steelhead in deep, fast water with big flies, heavy heads and tips, these rods have the power for the job.

Rods come adorned with Tactical Series stripping guides and ultra-lightweight chromium impregnated stripping guides. A trimmed down, reconstituted cork handle allows for ergonomic handling and durability in the wettest fishing conditions.

BVK two-handed models retail for $485.95-$495.95.

For more information please contact Temple Fork Outfitters at, info@tforods.com or by telephone, (800) 638-9052.

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TFO Ambassador Thom Thornton casting an earlier prototype of the BVK Spey on the Sandy River in Oregon. Photo courtesy of Thom Thornton.

 

 

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Nor-Cal Spey Days With Kiene’s American Fly Fishing Co.

This Saturday and Sunday, August 27-28 Kiene’s American Fly Fishing Co. will be hosting it’s annual Nor-Cal Spey Days.
They will be hosting spey casting and fishing clinics on the American River throughout the weekend, and have some special in store deals going on. Looking to add to your two-handed rod quiver? Check out their specials on Deer Creek Spey Rods.
Sessions will be split into two days: one for beginners and one for intermediate to advanced spey casters. Norcal_speydays_event
Beginner classes will be hosted by Kerry Burkheimer and feature Doug Duncan – one of the west coasts finest two-handed casters-with help from Andy Guibord, Phil White and other great spey casters they will help beginners find their stroke.  Each beginner will get individual instructor for 50-minutes.

Intermediate to advanced clinics will be hosted by Kerry Burkheimer and also feature Doug Duncan, Andy Guibord, Phil White and other super great local spey casters.

The event will be held at the Watt Ave entrance on the American River Parkway…just off Highway 50.  Refreshments will be served to participants.
For more information, please visit, Kiene’s American Fly Fishing Co.

So Cal. Albacore (Part 2)

By Nick Curcione, TFO Advisory Staff

Here is the second part of an article published last week by TFO Advisory Staffer Nick Curcione.

Similar to pursuing billfish on fly, fly rodding albacore requires teamwork.

Because trolling functions as the principal means of locating fish, you need a strategy from the moment the first fish is hooked. Particularly with albacore, it’s important to bring fish hooked on a trolling line to the boat as quickly as possible. If that fish is lost, there’s a good chance the remainder of the school will swim off despite chumming efforts. Therefore trolling tackle, which can be as simple as hand lines, must be stout enough to efficiently subdue the fish. Depending on the size of the boat, as a minimum I like to troll two lines. Whatever the number, someone must quickly clear the trolling lines so a fly can be cast without the likelihood of costly tangles.  Casting strategy depends on the size of the boat, but generally, it’s most effective to have only one angler cast after the initial hookup. According to your casting arm, cast from the stern corner where the line will pass outside the cockpit. If one angler is right-handed and another a lefty, with the trolling lines cleared, it’s possible to have both cast at the same time. Two casters are also possible if one angler makes a backcast presentation. Otherwise, establish a rotational pattern where one angler casts and moves out of the corner so a second angler can slide in and cast from the same spot. Another variation on the rotation theme is to have only one angler fly fish until he or she hooks a fish, whereupon a second angler steps into the corner and begins making presentations.

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Two anglers are definitely feasible, but make sure both of you are adept at line management. Photo by Scott Leon.

Regardless of the option chosen, to effectively fly fish under these conditions, the one auxiliary item I would not forego is a stripping basket or bucket. You might get lucky and have the line simply fall on deck, but it’s almost inevitable someone will eventually step on it. Equally frustrating, eventually it will catch on something causing you to lose precious casting time.

Though albacore can put on some mind-blowing surface blitzes when they decide to annihilate a chum line, more often than not your best shot will occur at least several feet down under so it’s best to outfit yourself with a fast sinking line, preferably a shooting head setup. Typically when fishing live bait or casting jigs, the presentations that sink fastest consistently draw the most strikes, so assume the same thing when presenting flies.

Since albacore feed primarily on the likes of anchovies and sardines, you can’t go wrong with baitfish patterns like Clousers, Deceivers, Sar-Mul-Macs and Jiggies. For color combinations, I rely on the formulas that have worked for decades on the trolling rigs. As a general guideline, in low light conditions like you find in the gray dawn hours and on overcast days, darker colors like black, and green and yellow are good choices. As light increases you may want to change to red and white and red and yellow combinations. When the sun is brightest at midday, blue and white is my first choice. Size wise, try and simulate the baits that will be thrown as chum. For anchovies and sardines, this will generally range from 2 to 6 inches in length.

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The TFO Bluewater series combines the right amount of cast ability, with fish fighting strength. Photo courtesy TFO.

As members of the super strong tuna family, albacore will challenge you and your tackle. This is one style of fishing where the reel plays a vital role in the fish fighting stage so go with a top quality mechanism like the Atoll series. Long scorching runs are the norm so the drag should remain absolutely smooth. In the course of making several sprints, albacore sometimes veer toward the boat, which can create slack in the line. I’ve lost a number of fish when this happens, but with the advent of large arbor spools I can now pick up line faster and it’s no longer much of a problem.

The simplest leader setup is a straight 3- to 4-foot section of class tippet (I usually fish 20-pound test). I tie a bimini loop in one end, twist it, fold the loop over itself, and tie a double surgeon’s loop and interlock this to the loop in the tag end of the fly line. The fly is tied directly to the tag end of the class tippet. Over the years I’ve used both loop knots to allow the fly more action on the retrieve and standard ties like the improved clinch and palomar knot, but really haven’t found any difference between the two. Just be sure to tie your knots properly, because if there is a weak spot it will soon spell disaster with fish of this caliber.

Contrary to some misconceptions, it isn’t necessary to try to burn the fly through the water to draw strikes. I do use a fairly rapid retrieve, often with two hands for more positive line control. When I get a strike, I simply apply resistance by holding the line firmly. Given the speed they’re traveling when they take an offering, there’s no need to strike back violently. If you do there’s a good chance you’ll pop the leader. When they feel that initial shock of resistance, they’re going to accelerate and you have to make it a priority to be sure that any remaining line clears the rod guides. When that is accomplished just hang on and relish the awesome display of power emptying line from your reel.

If you missed part one, here it is, So Cal. Albacore (Part 1).