mike kinney and bob meiser join tfo

Bert Kinghorn

Formerly "nextcast"
#5
TFO pulled off a major coup getting these two to join them, especially given the growing reputation for Meiser rods and the MKS series in particular. We will all benefit from the new association. The bar just got raised again for two-handed rod performance. Hats off to TFO for a very smart business decision.
 

Philster

Active Member
#7
Salmon Chaser said:
Will a price hike be in the near future? bawling:
Salmon Chaser
When Lefty joined the only price hike came with a higher end rod. A level of quality, design, and materials they hadn't offered before. And it wasn't a big step up to the top of the line. So, if there is a price hike this time, hopefully it'll be the same story. An improvement in their entire line of spey rods, and the addition of a "high end" line, which is only a little more than the current models. Let's hope anyway.
 

Red Shed

"junkyard spey"
#10
The TFO rods that have Mike's and Bob's fingerprints on them have their own price points as outlined in the press release. As far as I know the current production TFO two handers are not increasing in price beyond the $25.00 increase we had last Fall.
 
#12
I think Philster is right. They might come out with a higher end, but I don't think there will be an overall price hike. TFO's success (I beleive ) is in their reputation of a good product and a more than reasonable price. I big price hike would do some damage to their reputation.
 
#13
Hot damn! These rods are going to rock. I've always been a "sage" guy but the prices have always been ridiculous. Maybe this will be a message to other rod companies that consumers want high-end performance for a more pedestrian price. Can't wait to see them.
 
#14
bigtj said:
Hot damn! These rods are going to rock. I've always been a "sage" guy but the prices have always been ridiculous. Maybe this will be a message to other rod companies that consumers want high-end performance for a more pedestrian price. Can't wait to see them.
well, you would hope it might drive down the prices a little, but it would be a bad thing to hear of those guys in bainbridge and woodland losing their jobs because of the cheap labor found overseas that tfo uses.
 
#15
luckybalbowa said:
well, you would hope it might drive down the prices a little, but it would be a bad thing to hear of those guys in bainbridge and woodland losing their jobs because of the cheap labor found overseas that tfo uses.
That's a good sentiment, but I don't think it would come to that. I do think Sage will follow suit like they did with the Launch series for single handers and make a spey rod that is a little more affordable for the rest of us if they want a piece of that market. This new series of TFO two handed rods is going to have the same impact on the market that Lefty Kreh's single handed rods had/There are always gonna be guys in the sport to whom money is no object, but others will need something a little cheaper if they want to also be able to afford a line and reel to go with the rod.
Of course these rods won't be a substitute for the Mike Kinney Series or the Highlander's that Meiser makes. But they will be great for people just getting into spey casting or people who want a back up to fill out their selection.
I'm already thinking about getting the two-handed trout rod.