Set the Pace, with the New Pacemaker Series by TFO

By Temple Fork Outfitters

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).

Cliff’s series is a major jump forward in rod design, specifically directed to bass anglers. Here is what Cliff had to say this past summer during ICAST 2016: THE TFO PACEMAKER SERIES.

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.

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The NEW TFO Pacemaker series designed from start to finish by Bassmaster Classic Champion Cliff Pace. Photo by Brad Amy. 

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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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. 

 

Texas Fly Fishing & Brew Festival

On March 11-12, 2017, the first annual Texas Fly Fishing & Brew Festival (TFFF) comes to the Plano Centre.

The director of the Texas Fly & Brew’s sister event, the venerable Virginia Fly Fishing & Wine Festival, said today that he hopes to simultaneously raise awareness among Texans of the region’s incredible fishing diversity and introduce them to amazing fishing alternatives available to them across the country.

“If even one parent leaves our event understanding for the first time that he or she can haul the kids down to a Texas farm pond after work and have a blast just landing largemouth bass until dusk, I call that a win,” said festival director Beau Beasley. “At the same time, the region and the country offer opportunities to land every imaginable species–from reds on the Gulf Coast to trout in Tennessee’s South Holston River to every variety of salmon in Alaska. Contrary to popular belief, fly fishing is easy, affordable, family friendly, and fun. It’s my mission in life to communicate that message as widely as possible. It’s the mission of these events to grow the next generation of fly anglers.”

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Dallas-based fly rod manufacturer Temple Fork Outfitters (TFO) and the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation (RBFF) are early sponsors of the festival. “The region has been waiting for an event just like this one–for a new approach to fly fishing,” said TFO owner Rick Pope.

“Texas is an important state to the fishing community and we’re pleased to support the TFFF,” said Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation (RBFF) President and CEO Frank Peterson. “We need to encourage the next generation of anglers and boaters – a key source for wildlife conservation efforts – to get out on the water, and this festival is a great vehicle for doing just that.”

Much like its sister event, the Virginia Fly Fishing & Wine Festival, RBFF will be sponsoring the “Family Fly Fishing Classes” where Entire families can learn the basics of fly fishing free of charge, in a family setting.

In addition to the 3FC series, the Texas Fly & Brew will feature lectures and classes throughout the weekend on techniques and tactics for novices and advanced casters alike, exotic fishing locales, fishing etiquette, and much more. Also offered are free Women-Only Casting Classes as well as one-on-one instruction in basic knot-tying skills. Attendees can sit down at the vise for hands-on fly-tying instruction from members of Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing, a nonprofit organization that helps rehabilitate wounded veterans through fly fishing and fly tying. Experienced anglers may consider enrolling in more advanced distance-casting or Spey-casting classes with expert specialized instructors. Fly fishing icon Lefty Kreh will speak as well as cast at the event; the names of additional fly fishing luminaries will be forthcoming.

Unique to the Texas festival is local micro-breweries. Festival attendees 21 years and older will receive a series of tasting tickets with their paid admission. Local brewers will offer free classes on what sets micro brewed beer apart, why and how certain ingredients yield different flavors, and how to brew and taste different types of beer. Beer will also be available for purchase during the festival.

“I know I’m a broken record,” Beasley joked, “but it’s really true: fly fishing is easy, affordable, family friendly, and fun. I’m an evangelist with that message. Put down the cell phones, grab the kids and minimal gear, go outside, and get on the water. It’s really that easy. For far too long folks have perceived fly fishing as expensive, exclusive, and difficult. It’s the sport for rich, tweed-wearing old men, right? Well, sure–but it’s not only for them. It’s for women. It’s for families. It’s for everyone.

 

The inaugural Texas Fly Fishing & Brew Festival will be held at the Plano Center on March 11-12, 2017. For more information, visit www.txflyfishingfestival.org or call 703-402-8338.

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.

 

How to Punch Matted Grass

TFOLogo-NoTextBy Geoff Evans, TFO Pro Staff

 

 

Many anglers have different theories on how to punch through matted grass with heavy weights.

I have punched matted grass from Canada to Fla., and everywhere in between. Most people relate punching to strictly a summertime technique.

In truth, I have actually landed more fish and in higher concentrations by punching matts in the wintertime.

Photo by G. Wayne Byrd.

Photo by G. Wayne Byrd.

Just like the canopies that are formed by grass matts provide shade in the summer, they act as insulated, heated clumps of grass in the winter. The bass sit under these clumps where the water is a few degrees warmer. This provides good staging or holding areas for opportunistic bass.

Gear

I prefer a stiff, extra-fast action rod like the Temple Fork Outfitters 7’9” XH Pitching Rod.

It has a very sensitive tip, but also the necessary backbone to pull a 7-pound bass out of the cabbage with 10-pounds of grass on top of it.

Line selection is equally important. A majority of anglers prefer braid, but, I will line a rod with fluorocarbon. Braided line is coarse and it will grab grass instead of sliding through it. This will require a heavier weight, than what could have done with fluorocarbon and a light weight.

For weight, I prefer a ¾-ounce Reins Tungsten sinker.  In order not to impede the natural of the bait, I always try to use the lightest weight possible. Tungsten is dense and heavy, again, smaller and less obtrusive.

I have always preferred throwing creature type baits because of how well they mimic crawfish.

One of the best baits I have found to mimic crawfish is the Reins Punchin’ Predator. I rig this on a Trokar TK130 hook. The last part of my rigging equation is Smelly Jelly. I like to rub the scent all over the bait, hook, weight and first 2 feet of line. This not only adds scent to the bait but it also lubricates the bait and line so it slides thru the grass a little easier.

Location/Technique

I like to gently pitch, or flip my lure to dark spots which usually represents an easier entrance point.

I do not like to pitch my bait high into the air and allow it to smash into a matt. I believe this scares away fish. Instead I prefer a stealth approach; not only in casting but also by eliminating any unnecessary noise in the boat.

Most bites will actually come on the initial fall of the bait. You really have to get tuned into what your bait is doing.

Anglers must focus on the line with this technique. If the line stops moving before it gets to the bottom, but, passes through the densest portion of the matt or starts moving again after it has reached the bottom, it’s time to lay into that hook set.

For more information on punching matted grass, or angler Geoff Evans, please visit, geoffevansfishing.com.

For more information on the TFO GTS 7’9, check out this video by Dakota Jones, GTS 7’9 XH Pitching Rod.

 

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Skeeter Owner’s Tournament At Lake Fork Sets Attendance Record

Release Courtesy of Ben Jarrett, Skeeter Products Inc.

An all time attendance record was set on June 6-9 at Lake Fork, in Texas, during the 20th annual Skeeter Boat Owner’s Tournament.

Fork played host to 988 Boats and 1,946 anglers during  the event.

TFO proudly served as the tournaments rod sponsor, designing a special logo and graphic for the TFO 7’3 Heavy action rod that was sold during the weekend.

Photo courtesy Skeeter Boats, Inc.

Photo courtesy Skeeter Boats, Inc.

Donald McCormick of Greenville, Indiana won the event with an 11.19-pound bass, winning the angler a 2013 Skeeter FX Series bass boat and an electronics package valued at $75,000.

While McCormick’s lead held the entire weekend, one of the big stories of the tournament was when 14-year-old Garrett Reding of Van, Texas weighed in a 2.95-pound bass which was the largest bass caught “under,” the Lake Fork Slot limit of 16-inches to 24-inches. The bass was caught on the second day of the tournament, just prior to the final weigh in of the day.

“The Skeeter Owners Tournament has become the largest of its kind and remains the premier event for Skeeter Owners,” said Ben Jarrett, Director of Sales and Marketing for Skeeter.

The 21st Annual Skeeter Owners Tournament – June 12-15, 2014 on Lake Fork.

For complete photos and coverage of the event, please go to http://goo.gl/4QU6I 

20th Annual Skeeter Lake Fork Owner’s Tournament

Release Courtesy of Ben Jarrett, Skeeter Products Inc.

The Skeeter Boat Company is proud to announce the 20th annual Owner’s Tournament scheduled for June 6-9 on Lake Fork, Texas.

Last year Skeeter hosted 1,624 anglers competing from 810 Skeeter boats who traveled from every corner of the United States to attend. More than $250,000 in Cash & Prizes are up for grabs this year as anglers seek to battle it on a very healthy and productive fishery. 13-sot-hpimage

TFO will be hand all days of the event demo a full line-up of their conventional rods. Stop by wiggle a rod and ask some questions.

“Our annual Owner’s Tournament is like a family reunion, and our owner’s always put the event on their schedule well in advance,” says Skeeter’s Director of Sales and  Marketing, Ben Jarrett.

“People view this as great way to kick-off the summer with a short, quick vacation that can result in that “one magic cast” that could mean big money.

Folks come to enjoy the vendors and sponsor exhibits, food, fishing lore, camaraderie and most importantly, the world class Lake Fork Bass Fishing.”

Jarrett added that, “Each year, the Skeeter Owner’s Tournament draws anglers from
almost every state.”

“Folks come from everywhere, bringing spouses, friends,  grandparents, kids and fill up the campgrounds, motels and lodging within many miles of  Lake Fork. While the event is built around having a good time, our owners are serious about the competition, as there is significant cash on the line for fishing well.”

The weekend offers a host of family-fun activities, open to the general public, while  Skeeter owners will vie for more than $250,000 in cash and prizes, including a Skeeter  FX20 package powered by a Yamaha VMAX SHO 250, MinnKota Trolling motor and
Humminbird Electronics for the overall big bass winner and a ZX200 powered by a  Yamaha VMAX SHO 200, MinnKota Trolling motor and Humminbird Electronics to the largest bass under the slot.

Hourly Payouts will be over $74,000, which is $5,700 awarded per hour, with each top hourly winner receiving a check for $1,020, providing  130 chances of walking away with a check during the two-day tournament.

Prizes will  also be awarded to top anglers in the Junior and Ladies Divisions.

“There will be plenty of activities dockside, as we’ll have vendors and sponsor exhibits and demo rides in a collection of our bass and bay boats,” says Jarrett.

Contestants will  also have a chance to win one of two, Yamaha 350 Grizzly’s that will be given away!

Photo courtesy of Wayne G. Byrd

Photo courtesy of Wayne G. Byrd

For more information please www.basschamps.com, or follow the TFO Facebook for updates on the weekends actions and big catches.