Great minds think alike, and many of the great minds in fly fishing took a look around at the arms race in the sport and said "enough's enough." Cost continues to skyrocket. Labels and brands are sometimes more about status than functionality. A rod might cost $1,000 and a Wall Street banker who fishes once a year will order it just to say he fishes with the best.
But what about the next generation of fly anglers? What about all those bass and walleye anglers out there today who'd likely try fly fishing, if only it were a bit more affordable? What ever happened to quality at an honest price? And teaching people to fish?
Temple Fork Outfitters (TFO), which started as a modest but successful fly-tying-supply business, asked those same questions. As an answer, it launched an aggressive mission to rewrite the rules of fly-fishing tackle and gear. TFO's goal: To make and sell rods and reels that belong on a river, not in a display case. Rods and reels that can take a beating and still perform. Rods and reels that are varied and specialized for today's techniques. Rods and reels that anglers can afford, whether they're beginners or experts.
The list of luminaries who quickly involved themselves with TFO reads like a who's who of fly fishing and American rodbuilding – Gary Loomis, Lefty Kreh, Bob Clouser, Ed Jaworowski, Nick Curcione, Jim Teeny, Gary and Wanda Taylor, Mike Kinney, Bob Meiser, Flip Pallot and literally dozens of advisory-staff members from around the world. This mix of engineering and design proved to be a winner in the highly competitive and discerning fly-fishing market.
A properly executed spey cast, to some, is the highest form of fly-casting. And every fly angler would at least agree that spey casts are visually compelling, personally gratifying and a wonderful way to present a fly to a fish.
TFO's Deer Creek Series fly rods celebrate that tradition of spey-casting. For a collective 65 years, two Pacific Northwest spey-casters – Mike Kinney and Bob Meiser – have perfected this art and have shared their knowledge through guiding, teaching and most recently, by designing this new line of spey rods.
Deer Creek Switch rods are multitask fly rods specifically designed to allow a variety of both single- and two-handed casting options. Meiser has been the forerunner in popularizing and refining blank designs for the switch-rod concept since the mid-1990s, and his expertise with this unique family of rods is well established. In fact, Meiser's original concept has been universally accepted over the past decade, but through his TFO partnership with Kinney, the entire concept has been taken to a higher level.
Deer Creek Switch rods utilize TFO's proprietary Axiom material layup process for blanks. The blanks are thus extremely lightweight and durable with superb performance. The company refers to the Switch rods as "Totally efficient delivery tools."
TFO backs all its rods with a no-fault limited warranty, which means the company will repair or replace the rod for a reasonable shipping-and-handling charge for the life of the registered owner.
See chart below for model specifics.
|Model||Line||Length||Pieces||Weight (OZ)||Grain Weight||Price|
|TF 04 110 4 DC SWITCH||4 Wt.||11'-0"||4||6.5||200-400 grains||$324.95|
|TF 05 110 4 DC SWITCH||5 Wt.||11'-0"||4||6.55||250-450 grains||$324.95|
|TF 06 110 4 DC SWITCH||6 Wt.||11'-0"||4||6.65||300-500 grains||$339.95|
|TF 07 110 4 DC SWITCH||7 Wt.||11'-0"||4||7.0||350-550 grains||$339.95|
|TF 08 110 4 DC SWITCH||8 Wt.||11'-0"||4||7.25||400-600 grains||$349.95|
|TF 09 110 4 DC SWITCH||9 Wt.||11'-0"||4||7.6||500-700 grains||$349.95|
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