TFO STEPPING UP ITS GAME AND PRICES

Discussion in 'Fly Fishing Forum' started by Porter, Apr 18, 2013.

  1. Porter Active Member

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  2. Steve Call Active Member

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    Interesting. I've never heard of the blue printing process. I'm curious as to how they eliminate the "high and low" energy spots along the blank. Actually I'm not sure I even know what an energy spot is?

    That said, I've built a couple of rods on their Finesse blanks and am very happy with their moderate action.
  3. Patrick Gould Active Member

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    I'm also not sure how a graphite cylinder can have high and low energy spots.
  4. _WW_ Fishes with Wolves

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    Well...that's the biggest load of fertilizer I've come across in rod marketing yet.

    ...and they were doing so well too...
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  5. FlyinFish Active Member

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    I could see how it might, and I can only sorta see how you could measure that, but I definitely can't see how you'd "tune" it.
  6. jessejames Flyslinger

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    I am sure that they would bend the rod to varying degrees and the rub a weight forward fly line across it and measure the frequency of the sound it makes. This would not be too different from playing a saw in a bluegrass band. I can see a future of music groups playing 2 through 8 weight rods in a ensemble.:oops:
    jesse
  7. Patrick Gould Active Member

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    I guess they try and get it as close to spec as possible. Maybe the pieces get lathed to spec before painting?
  8. Eric Denny Active Member

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    That doesn't seem like a bad price at all but what all will that custom for you? But it seems like a really good deal compared to some of the higher end rod's that are not even custom made.
  9. Lugan Joe Streamer

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    Custom, but still largely made in China (except for the finishing) for $500+? No thanks.
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  10. Krusty Active Member

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    Well...that's it...no wonder I'm not catching fish the way I oughta....and can't make those 70' casts either; my rods aren't blue printed.
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  11. Krusty Active Member

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    There's an old saying in the biker world...if it says 'custom', it ain't. Harley Davidson does something similar with its CVO (Custom Vehicle Operation)....where you pay a shitload for a 'custom' bike (at least until you see another one just like it, anyway).
  12. Lugan Joe Streamer

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  13. WonkyWapiti Member

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    Maybe I'm wrong but I thought the TFO rods were made in Korea?
  14. Salmo_g Active Member

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    Color me skeptical. Although I'm not a materials engineer, this reads like the biggest load of fly rod hype since Orvis claimed to use nuclear submarine technology in the production of their graphite rods a couple decades ago. I want to see TFO's engineering report that details how they "blueprint" and measure the energy inch by inch along rod blanks. Meanwhile, I call bull pucky.

    Sg
  15. Lugan Joe Streamer

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    Maybe so. Same thing: They are still made overseas in mass production plants by people who almost certainly don't fish. Note that this is NOT a rant against "da-gum ferners". I just like my rods made lovingly by people who fish.
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  16. Mingo the Menehune stole my beer

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    I have 7 TFO flyrods , 3 of their Gary Loomis travel spinning sticks and a travel casting rod. I like all of them, as they are a tremendous value. But when things start edging up over $500 per stick, my gut tells me most people are thinking words like "Sage" instead of TFO. Time will tell how it works for them.
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  17. chodder Member

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    Have you seen the TiCrX conversion kits that TFO makes? Turn your single handed rod into a two handed rod. TFO is the only one Ive seen do this. Seems like a good idea, but who knows how well they work.
  18. WonkyWapiti Member

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    I wholeheartedly agree with you and never took your post as a rant. I personally would rather spend a little extra for something made in America, as long as it is a quality product, to help out our own economy and keep jobs here.
  19. Porter Active Member

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    They also do it with the 9' single hander and turn it in to a nymph 10'6" (think that is the length).