Buying a new rod can be difficult, there are so many factors to be taken into account, length, line weight and action are just a few. Rod action is a subject all in its self, there are forums online that discuss this at great length and will help to understand the basics and terminology.
Temple Fork Outfitters came up with an easy to understand system for rating their rods which are designed by Lefty Kreh:-
Rod Performance Matrix
Years ago, Lefty Kreh explained his basis for rod design. “There are three things we can emphasize in rod design at TFO……..Presentation, Distance, and Lifting.” Presentation involves accuracy and the manner in which the fly and leader land on the water. Delicacy of presentation may not be a major factor when targeting a species like tuna but it can be all important when tempting trout in a gin-clear stream. Distance of course, refers to how far you can deliver your offering. In some situations this may matter little, in others it can spell the difference between success and failure. Finally, in the fish fighting phase the rod’s primary function is related to its lifting power, a critical consideration when a big fish dogs you in the depths.
Of course, no one rod can perform each of these functions to its maximum potential. But at TFO their rod series are designed to handle virtually every kind of fishing scenario you are likely to encounter. By consulting the charts you can easily select a rod that features a mix of functions that is most suitable for the kind of fishing you’ll be doing. You won’t be disappointed.
BVK Series Fly Rods
BVK rods are fast action rods designed to excel in Presentation and Distance. The rich translucent olive blanks are topped with matching braided carbon fiber reel seats, their exclusive Tactical Series Stripping Guides*, ultra lightweight chromium-impregnated stainless snake guides and flor grade grips that are comfortably contoured and uniquely contrasted. Available in 3 – 10 weight.
* TFO’s Tactical Series Guides are high performance guides designed to withstand the most rigorous fishing conditions while providing the ultimate in weight savings. The guides feature super hard-chrome anodized, stainless steel inserts pressed into a machined, hard-annodized, stainless steel frame for extreme durability in both fresh and saltwater.
Ti Cr X Series Fly Rods
The evolution of the Lefty Kreh TiCr X Series has been fascinating. Imagine Lefty Kreh taking a prototype and saying “this is a nice rod but…” Then imagine new mandrels and as many as 6 prototypes later having him say, “PERFECT!”
Lefty designed the TiCr X Series to be a powerful angling tool. Rod weights 5-8 are designed to present flies at distant targets. Rod weights 9-12 have the power to launch larger flies and to lift an angry fish out of the depths. The reserve power in the TiCr X Series give these rods the ability to carry a lot of line in the air and can easily be over lined for close-in work. The X rod’s blue finish spring to life in a little sunlight while the flor grade cork, oversized titanium oxide stripping guides, and uplocking reel seat with cushioned hoods top off this ultimate package of form and function.
Finesse Series Fly Rods
Branches everywhere and grass up to you ears. The perfect spot for this rod.
Lefty Kreh Finesse Rods complement the TFO line by offering a more “traditional” taper and action for those who fish small flies and fine tippets on light lines. These are the ideal rods for meadow streams, limestone creeks, and spring creeks. At short to medium distances, Lefty Kreh Finesse rods cast effortlessly, turning over long leaders easily.
The shorter lengths are perfect for tight quarters while the longer length rods will keep a back cast well above tall grasses. Lefty Kreh Finesse rods are handsomely appointed with Rosewood inserts on an up locking reel seat which nicely accentuates the deep olive finish.
Professional Series Fly Rods
Initial available in three sizes these travel rods have taken TFO’s reputation to new levels.
Previously offered as our Western/Saltwater/Steelhead Series, we’ve merged them into what Lefty says are the perfect rods for all anglers and skill levels. These medium fast and progressive action rods are smooth casting and are an incredible value. Traveling anglers can afford to take them as a backup, but often return with a new favourite.
Cosmetics include matte black finished blanks and subtle gold logos. They feature alignment dots colour coded by line weight, premium grade cork, and oversized stripper guides. Each rod comes with an attractive logoed rod sock.
All these rods retail for less than £200, which isn’t bad for American rods designed by a well-known instructor and one of the pioneers of Saltwater Fly Fishing.