Bassmaster Classic Champion Cliff Pace Rolls Out New Rod Family With TFO

By Nicholas Conklin, Temple Fork Outfitters

When you spend 200+ days a year on the road, battling arguably the best anglers in the world, you need a rod that is up to the task.

Designed by Bassmaster Classic Champion Cliff Pace, the TFO Pacemaker Series rods offers a wide arrange of action and technique specific tools for every angler from the hardened Elite Series pro to the weekend warrior.

This 14-rod family is composed of Cliff’s favorite rod lengths and actions, (both spinning and casting models).

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Cliff’s series is a major jump forward in rod design, specifically directed at bass techniques. Photo by Dakota Jones. 

The series ranges from his go to 7-foot crankbait rod for tossing his signature Black Label Tackle Ricochet squarebill crankbaits, to an 8-foot flipping stick for working thick, matted vegetation.

This series features TFO’s proprietary Tactical Series guides, rubberized reel seats for comfort and a natural cork split grip.

The Pacemaker Series of rods are tastefully finished; simply polished, with a thin layer of matte clear coat to enhance the natural luster of the fibers and TFO’s trademark Color ID Split grip.

Pacemaker rods retail for $189.95-$199.95.

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

 

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This new 14-rod family will be available in the fall of 2016. Contact your local TFO dealers for more in formation. Photo courtesy of TFO. 

 

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Larry Dahlberg Lends Legendary Talent to TFO

By Nicholas Conklin, Temple Fork Outfitters

Legendary angler, lure designer and TV show host Larry Dahlberg has built his life around hunting the biggest, meanest fish.

Hooking and landing those fish has put incredible demands upon his tackle, and until now, no one rod could overcome those challenges.

That dire need for the perfect rod has come to fruition in this new series of ‘Big Fish’ rods.

This two-piece, 10-rod series range in lengths from 7’6” to 9’6” and feature Larry’s patented rubberized Comfort Trigger™ handle. Double-foot, Fuji® guides adorn the rich, translucent blue blank. Premium quality cork fore and aft-grips allow for better fish fighting angles, as well maintaining the weight savings of a split grip handle. An extra-large tip-top allows for large knots and leader connections to slide effortless through.

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The Big Fish rods feature a rubberized trigger for increased fishability and fatique fighting during long days of chucking heavy lures. Photo courtesy TFO. 

By utilizing a 70/30 ferrule split in conjunction with TFO’s high modulus carbon fiber blank material, Gary Loomis and Larry were able to craft a rod that could handle the brutal punishment that musky, pike and a multitude of saltwater beasts inflict, while maintaining functional fishing attributes and weight savings.

Rods retail for $229.95-$279.95.

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

TFO Pro Burnie Haney Highlights the GTS BBC 7116-1

 

TFO Pro Staffer Burnie has been putting the GTS BBC 7116-1 rod through its paces in upstate New York.

According to Burnie, “This past week I was able to get out and put the TFO 7’11” Mag Hvy through the paces and  I can say this is my new best A-rig rod… Hands down this thing’s a beast, light weight, with  plenty of power and the full cork grip provides ample room for comfortable two-handed casting.”

 

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The GTS Swimbait rod has a softer tip, to allow an angler to easily lob large baits, but, a stout butt to aid in the hook-set and landing phase. 

 

The GTS Swimbait rod is the ideal tool for big, water displacing lures. Because of flag pattern on the Swimbait blank, the rod stores a massive amount of energy during the loading phase (back cast) and effectively releases the energy during the unloading (forward cast) phase, making delivery of large swimbaits, Umbrella Rigs, and large crankbaits easy. The Swimbait rod features an extended, full-cork handle to help reduce fatigue and allow anglers to comfortably position the rod while retrieving a lure.

 

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For more information on the GTS BBC 7116-1, check out TFORods.com.

For more fishing techniques and tips, check out Burnie’s weekly blog or his column in Lake Ontario Outdoors Magazine.

 

 

 

 

13 Habits of Highly Effective Anglers- Deneki Outdoors

The gang over at Deneki Outdoors have compiled some of their best tips on what makes an angler, “highly effective.”

Below are some of their top suggestions, but check out the full post, “13 Habits of Highly Effective Anglers,” and learn how you can sharpen your game and most importantly, have fun on the water.

Check your knots.  Every single time they tie a knot, effective anglers give it a good tug to make sure it’s strong and seated correctly.  Every time.  It is very unusual for a really good angler to ‘break one off’.

Keep your hooks sharp.  Almost any time they touch the fly, a great angler will check its point to make sure it’s sharp.  If it’s not, they’ll sharpen it or replace it.

Organize your gear.  It’s kind of obvious when you say it this way, but having the right gear for the situation, organized so you can find what you need, helps a lot.

For the complete list, visit, Deneki Outdoors.

 

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Keeping gear clean and organized is crucial to being effective on the water. Photo courtesy of Bobby Jones.

 

 

 

 

 

Spey Nation 2016

Come Join Temple Fork Outfitters at Spey Nation 2016 in Salmon River, N.Y., on June 25.

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

This one-day event features casting, fishing and on the water presentations as well as many top manufacturers from the fishing industry.

TFO’s own Nick Conklin will lead off the day with an on the water presentation, starting at 9 a.m.

Nick will be presenting a basic overview of tackle, (rods, lines, reels and other tips).

For a full list of presenters and vendors, please visit, Spey Nation.

 

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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.

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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.

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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, tforods.com.

 

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.

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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.