Temple Fork Spey Rods

Discussion in 'Spey Clave' started by flyfishnm, Jul 13, 2005.

  1. flyfishnm

    flyfishnm Member

    Joined:
    Apr 27, 2004
    Messages:
    248
    Likes Received:
    1
    Location:
    Helena, MT
    I am very seriously looking in TFO's spey series. They are priced right ($250), being a struggling engineering student, money is an issue. I would like to spend no more than $275 on the rod. I am debating whether or not I want to get a 14' 8 wt or a 12' 6" 8wt. I am going to school at MSU in Bozeman, so this would be primarily an Idaho steelhead rod(Clearwater and Salmon), and possibly a Yellowstone River experimental rod. I have only dry casted a spey, so I am not sure of what length rod I should get.
    Any opinions?

    I own quite a few TFOs already and am quite pleased, but if there are any affordable speys made by other manufacturers please let me know.

    Thanks
     
  2. Ron Eagle Elk

    Ron Eagle Elk Active Member

    Joined:
    Sep 30, 2003
    Messages:
    1,840
    Likes Received:
    244
    Location:
    Yelm, WA, USA.
    I'm a fan of the TFO two handed rods, going on my limited experience. I bought a 6 wgt two hander from a shop in Idaho for a very reasonable price for rod, reel and line. It is a great casting rod that I use for sea run cutts and summer steelhead. When my wife decided she wanted to get into the two handers I bought her a 6 wgt Elkhorn rod and Elkhorn T-4 reel. The Elkhorn is every bit as good a casting rod as the TFO and the price is about the same.

    For an 8 wgt rod, I really like a longer rod so, if it was for me, I'd be getting the 14 footer. Matter of fact, that's what I am getting.

    Haven't fished the rivers you mentioned, but come September I'll be on the Selway, Lochsa and American rivers for a little over a week. So maybe I'll make a side trip.

    REE
     
  3. Nooksack Mac

    Nooksack Mac Active Member

    Joined:
    Dec 19, 2002
    Messages:
    2,246
    Likes Received:
    290
    Location:
    Bellingham, WA, USA.
    The Clearwater and Salmon are both big rivers, so I'd definitely go for the longer TFO mentioned. (Most spey anglers consider a 14,' 9-weight to be the most useful all-around rod size, although we're fiercely opinionated about this, and larger and smaller rods.) There will be times when you'll wish for one bigger than that. The 14-foot, 9/10 St. Croix is in the same price range, and is an excellent value, with many satisfied owners.

    Your most valuable spey asset in western Idaho will be Mike, proprietor of the Red Shed, a spey fly shop in Peck, Idaho, east of Lewiston.
     
  4. fisshman26

    fisshman26 Active Member

    Joined:
    Dec 11, 2003
    Messages:
    428
    Likes Received:
    119
    Location:
    Trail, B.C., Canada.
    Mike can definatlly help you out, awsome shop!
    You might also take a look at a Echo spey rod.
     
  5. Ron Eagle Elk

    Ron Eagle Elk Active Member

    Joined:
    Sep 30, 2003
    Messages:
    1,840
    Likes Received:
    244
    Location:
    Yelm, WA, USA.
    Beat ya to it. I already PM'd him Mikes web site address as that's where I got my TFO. Your right, great shop and Mike is a great guy to work with.

    REE
     
  6. SpeyRodBeBop

    SpeyRodBeBop Member

    Joined:
    Feb 26, 2003
    Messages:
    176
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Mission, British Columbia.
    I bought a 12'6"TFO as a backup to my loop. I liked the thing so much that I fished it all winter on the Vedder--great little rod. I am now seriously looking at the 15' to replace my Whiskerfly.
     
  7. Ron Eagle Elk

    Ron Eagle Elk Active Member

    Joined:
    Sep 30, 2003
    Messages:
    1,840
    Likes Received:
    244
    Location:
    Yelm, WA, USA.
    Fly, why did you have to bring this up. Just ordered a new TFO 14 foot 9 wgt from Mike this morning, thanks to your prompting. Unfortunately, it's for the wife. Maybe she'll let me test cast it at least.

    REE