TFO Spey rods - anyone try or own them?

Richard E

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I have never tried spey fly fishing, and before I spend big $$ on a set up, I'd first like to see if it's for me.

The TFO rods are very affordable, and if the spey rods are like the TFO one handers, their probably a great bargain. However, because I don't know anything about spey fishing and what does or doesn't make a rod good, I wanted to see if there are any opinions or perspectives out there on the TFO product. And, if possible, any recommendations if one stick might be prefereable over another.

What rod would you get for summer steelhead? And, what rod for winter steelhead and salmon?



Doesn't care how you fish Moderator
I have casted the 8126 and I liked it. Was casting a 789 Windcutter on it in Alaska.
Check out the Spey Forum. There has been alot of talk about the TFO 2 handed rods.
I have limited spey experience, but I fished a traditional-action Sage VPS 9140 (9wt) and a faster-action TFO 6126 (6wt) side-by-side... they're very different, which wasn't surprising, but I really liked the faster action of the TFO with a Skagit-type line system (short belly).

I saw that 6wt handle some serious chum (12-15lbs) really well, so I know it's plenty of rod... the thing which almost discourages me from spey fishing is that you need an 18lb native steelhead to have a good fight on those 14' 9wt rods. The 12'6" 6 wt seems much more versatile, you'd be able to fish smaller water as well as the big rivers like the Skagit, and as my friend Donte found, if you hook a nice char as bycatch while steelheading it's still a decent fight with on the 6 wt spey (see my Skagit report,, for a shot of the rod in action). If you do hook a big steelhead, though, it would probably be too much fish for the rod, so fishing the Skagit or OP rivers right now with big flies with a 6wt spey probably isn't advisable.

I'd think the 6wt TFO spey would be an awesome summer steelhead rod, great for grease-lining or dry flies (while still able to throw tips with a Skagit line system), and good for early winter steelheading/salmon fishing (when smaller hatchery steelhead are around). You could even throw it overhead-style from the beach for pinks and coho when they're out beyone single-hand casting range. I'll be picking up one for this summer/fall for sure...

**edit: Mods-- feel free to move this to the Spey section...
I tried a TFO 2 handed a couple of times and it casted nicely. A lot easier for my novice self to use than my own set up.
I know that Poppy at the Red Shed recommends them and has an all inclusive package deal that he has sold a lot of. He pretty much runs a Spey shop as opposed to a regular fly shop that may carry a few spey rods tucked away in the back somewhere, so he might be good to get in contact with as far as what makes a TFO better or worse than another brand. His website is
And his handle on this site is Red Shed.
I'd be interested in learning what you discover, I've been contemplating a TFO two hander for a little while now, as their 4wt Pro series is my favorite rod.


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I've got the 14' 9 weight, and have been happy with it. I've been using it for a couple of years now with no problems. One of the changes I'll likely make is going to a lighter, longer belly line than the 9/10/11 Windcutter I have on it now. This line was nice for learning, but it really slows the recovery down. Still no problems throwing type 8 tips and 4 inch Intruders, though.

If you fish the Skagit or Sauk, I'd be happy to let you try it out. I'll be up there at least several more weekends before the end of the season.


dancing engineering flyfisherman
I'm a new spey flinger and have the 12'6" 6-weight. Went to meth and landed two steel first time out with the rod. It doesn't seems to cast heavy flies easily, but then again it's a six weight. It cast a dry or a lightly weighted steamer awesome (or awesome for me). I love TFO, just bought the 8'6" 14-17 bluewater for sails and marlin in August. :thumb:


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Hey Richard, I won't get into a long thing here about them, but I really like mine , theres enough posted allready, but if you are headed north to fish the Skgit or Sauk rivers anytime soon you are welcome to borrow and try my 14' 9/10, especially on the weekends. Their reels are pretty darn decent as well.

You'll have to add my name to those who like the TFO two handers. I have the 12'6" 6wgt and my wife and I both have the 14' 9 wgt. Great rods. I've used the 6 wgt for summer steel and SRC, and the 9 wgts for salmon and winter fish.

For a 6 wgt my wife has the Elkhorn 12'6" two hander and loves it. Last winter my wife did bring in a nice Skagit River winter run on her 6wgt though. Plenty of backbone, plus a good SRC feels like a whale on a 12'6" rod.
Just food for thought.



AKA Beadhead
What line do you cast with your 6wt 12'6? I too have been thinking about adding this rod to my quiver.

I have a CND 13' 8/9 with which I am casting the WC 7/8/9 and I am thinking if I went to lighter rod, I might like something that would cast a 5/6/7 in order to make for a significantly lighter option for me.

Maybe the TFO is more rod than I am looking for?

I am thinking swinging streamers for trout, fall SRC fishing in rivers and lite summer SH'ing if I am lucky. An added bonus would be the ability to overhead cast a WF 7wt line in the salt.

Am I asking for too much in one rod?


Joshua A. Sklaroff

I have the 14' 9wt. and throw an Orvis change a tip line (which is made by Rio). I love the thing. The finish is great and the casting seems to be working for me, though I am a beginner with the two-handed rods as well. Before I bought it, all of the people I asked info from told me to get it. I am very pleased. Be careful fighting the big ones though...tippet broke on the rocks and 120' of fat line...SMACK right in the kisser. It leaves a mark. I know, i've seen me do it!

Red Shed

"junkyard spey"
ChrisW, Which 13'8/9 CND do you have? If it is the Expert I found a 6/7 Delta to be quite nice. The 6/7 Delta also rocks with the 12'6"-6wt TFO.

Richard I have found the TFO rods to be a very good purchase. You should stop by your local dealer for a test drive on the water. If that is not possible I have all 4 TFO two handers as demos, any of which I will send you to try out on your water. There is no obligation except the return postage. I can furnish appropiate lines if needed as well.

As to which size, that is a subject that has many opinions. For my money if you can only have one the 14'-9wt is the best choice.

If you can someone with some experience with a two hander it would be helpful to you. Have fun!
Chris W, RedShed hit it on the head. The 6wgt TFO rocks with the 6/7 Delta. Very nice casting set up.

Thanks, Mike. Hope to see you this fall.

Ron Eagle Elk
The TFO 12' 6" 6 wt is the summer stick of the TFO line. Although, I also use mine in the winter with a Skagit 450 and tips to type VIII with outstanding results. So, if you want a rod on the lighter end of the spectrum for all day comfort I think you'll be very happy with this rod.


P.S. The Red Shed Fly Shop can't be beat for fair prices and awesome service. Drop Mike a line and have him send you a TFO with a couple of lines for a test drive. No strings attached!

Richard E

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Thanks for all of the great replies, folks! It looks like, as with my one handers, that I'll probably end up getting a quiver full of spey rods for different purposes and lines!