TFO Impact Rod Review

Guest Blogger: Paul Beel, FrankenFly

I recently had a chance to get my hands on the new Impact fly rod from Temple Fork Outfitters. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. From what I read, part of this rod’s origin consisted of test rods being sent out to many casting and fishing experts, like Bob Clouser, Lefty Kreh, Flip Pallot, and Larry Dahlberg, to give you some examples. TFO then made adjustments to the rods according to the feedback they received. Granted, a fly rod is a personal preference and even the experts have their own preferences. However, it seems they were after something really special with this fly rod. So I was definitely excited to try one.

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Demystifying Fly Rod Building

Making your first fly rod Ron KnessGuest Blogger: Ron Kness

If you have never built a fly rod before, the process can be daunting.  But after building 24 fly rods from either kits or individual pieces, most of which were purchased from J. Stockard, I found the building process comes down to six steps:

  1. Finding the Spine
  2. Fitting the Handle
  3. Installing the Tip-Top
  4. Installing Guides and the Hook Keeper
  5. Finishing the Guides and Hook Keeper
  6. Installing the Reel Seat

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