Re: what rods do our youth use
I bought a TFO Pro Series 9'0 7 wt. for smallmouth fishing one summer and broke it on the first trip out- rigging up. No fault of the rod, I was just excited and did the bonehead thing- stringing the rod and excerting too much stress on the trip. I was able to lash the two pieces together using a piece of bailing twine I found, and wound up catching a couple smallmouth bass that day anyway : )
But I bought it from Bass Pro Shops and was able to replace the rod free, and got another of the same model. I still have it, and it still works fine. I mostly use it for bass and warmwater fish, and to lob heavy flies into the wind out west. A pretty serviceable rod, it makes a nice backup.