Light, Fast and Crisp- TFO BVK Spey

By 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.

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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The BVK two-handed rod getting a workout on the Oregon coast. Photo by Oliver Sutro. 

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 Oregon and Nor. Calif.

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.

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The ideal rod for mid-length heads and lines. The BVK Spey can effectively handle everything from traditional style flies, to medium size intruders. Photo courtesy of Geoffrey Motlow. 

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 are 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.

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.

 

 

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 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.

 

TFO Introduces BlackFly Spinning Rod to Mangrove Series

Temple Fork Outfitters is excited to announce the addition of the BlackFly spinning rod to the Mangrove Family of conventional rods.

Designed by Vaughn Cochran, world-renowned artist, lodge owner and founder of the Blackfly Brand. The 9-foot, four-piece rod was created to deliver the lightest baits, to the leeriest of saltwater species. But, don’t think just salt! This is a rod that should be packed for any salmon or steelhead trip.

Vaughn’s experience comes from several decades spent as a fishing guide and lodge operator in the Florida Keys, Caribbean, Costa Rica, Mexico and Belize.

Angler Nelson Money with a gorgeous Trinity River steelhead, on the Mangrove series spinning rod.  Photo By Nelson Money.

Angler Nelson Money
with a gorgeous Trinity River steelhead, on the Mangrove series spinning rod.
Photo By Nelson Money.

The medium power rod utilizes TFO’s proprietary TiCr blank coating, which protects the blank from the occasional collision with a lure or boat gunnel. It has a 3/8-ounce to 3/4-ounce lure rating, a unique non-glare chestnut colored blank and a premium cork grip.

The BlackFly rod retails for $249.95 and features TFO’s Limited Lifetime Warranty. If your rod fails for any reason, it will be replaced for a flat handling fee. Full warranty details can be found at, tforods.com.

For more information on the Mangrove Series BlackFly rod and all TFO rods, please visit, tforods.com.

BlackFly Outfitter

Blackfly Outfitter is a full service fly shop in Jacksonville Fla., specializing in custom flies, selling all major fly fishing brands and providing extraordinary customer service. The brand also incorporates the Blackfly restaurant in, St. Augustine Fla., and the Blackfly Lodge in Abaco Bahamas. For more information on Vaughn and the Blackfly family, please visit, blackflyoutfitter.com.

The BlackFly logo, the brainchild of Vaughn Cochran. Blackfly Outfitter is a full service fly shop in Jacksonville Fla., specializing in custom flies, selling all major fly fishing brands and providing extraordinary customer service. The brand also incorporates the Blackfly restaurant in, St. Augustine Fla., and the Blackfly Lodge in Abaco Bahamas.

Blackfly Outfitter is a full service fly shop in Jacksonville Fla., specializing in custom flies, selling all major fly fishing brands and providing extraordinary customer service. The brand also incorporates the Blackfly restaurant in, St. Augustine Fla., and the Blackfly Lodge in Abaco Bahamas.

 

TFO on the Situk River in Alaska

TFO By Robert Jones for Temple Fork Outfitters

 

TFO rep (Rockies/West) and owner of Glade Park Associates, Bobby Jones, recently returned from a steelhead trip in Alaska.

Below is his report from fishing the Situk River in Southeast Alaska.

“Water flows hovered around 100 CFS on the Situk, about half of what would have been optimum flows.

Bobby Jones with a nice steelhead from the Situk.  Photo by Bobby Jones.

Bobby Jones with a nice steelhead from the Situk.
Photo by Bobby Jones.

With the lack of rain and mostly sunny days, conditions were not the best, but, we still managed to catch some fish.  Because of the low water, we were not seeing  fresh fish moving up into the river from the estuary each day, although some were coming on the high tide during the night.

Early morning and late evening was the best of it when the sun was behind the trees and the water was shady. It was getting light at around 5 a.m. and not getting dark until around 9:30 p.m.

The deeper pools held the most fish which made it more challenging for fly fishing around all the sweepers and snags in the pools, so, our group ended up catching a good number of fish in these buckets on gear, both spinning and baitcast. We used jigs under floats and some spoons in the holes.

I spent a good amount of my time with the fly rod and quickly found out that the fish holding on the gravel just above the tail outs in very low sunny water were incredibly spooky and were very difficult to get to eat.

I had the best luck using a Teeny Mini-Tip line with a single yarn egg pattern with dumbell eyes or some variation of that with some maribou and estaz in pinks and purples and black, orange and red combos. line was 8-pound P Line CFX fluorocarbon.

I was using the 8-weight Mangrove mostly, with some time on the 8-weight BVK. My reel of choice as the BVK III.  Both were perfect outfits for this type of fishing in some tight water.

It started raining the second to last day and the water tinged up to a more stained color, which improved conditions a little.”

Pontoon rigged and ready to float the Situk. Jones fished the Mangrove series fly rods as well as the four-piece TRS/TRC rods.  Photo courtesy Bobby Jones.

Pontoon rigged and ready to float the Situk. Jones fished the Mangrove series fly rods as well as the four-piece TRS/TRC rods.
Photo courtesy Bobby Jones.

 

 

Gearing up for the Situk. Jones fished both fly and conventional gear throughout the several day float. Despite low water conditions, Jones and the group managed to land a few fish.  Photo courtesy of Bobby Jones.

Jones fished both fly and conventional gear throughout the several day float. Despite low water conditions, Jones and the group managed to land a few fish.
Photo courtesy of Bobby Jones 

Great Lakes Steelhead

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Icy guides, numb toes and the occasional tug.

That is steelheading in the Great Lakes this time of year.

For those dedicated swingers and nymphers, that’s what you deal with.

But, the reward for those hours of cast, step, swing, can be great.

The lone steelhead taken on the swing with a Deer Creek Spey rod. ©2013 Nicholas J. Conklin

Here an angler poses with the lone steelhead taken on the swing. Anglers used the Deer Creek Spey rod (14′ 6/7), on floating and intermediate Skagit heads. 
©2013 Nicholas J. Conklin, Temple Fork Outfitters.

On a recent holiday trip, Nick Conklin of TFO took to swinging flies in some Lake Michigan tributary’s for steelhead. Despite temps in the mid to low 30s all week a few fish were caught.

Using the Deer Creek Series Spey rod (14′ 6/7), anglers landed both lake run brown trout and steelhead.

The largest brown caught during the week of fishing was a 27″ lake run.

The anglers used a variety of sink tips from T-8 to T-14, and floating and intermediate Skagit heads (560-600 grains).

Flies were typical Great Lakes Spey, tube patterns in blacks, dark purples, blue and copper colored.

The few hits taken while nymphing happened on beads, egg flies and hex wigglers.

A black and blue marabou tube fly illicited the most response by Michigan steelhead. ©Nicholas J. Conklin, Temple Fork Outfitters.

A black and blue marabou tube fly elicited the most response by Michigan steelhead.
©Nicholas J. Conklin, Temple Fork Outfitters.