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Old 12-21-2010, 12:23 PM
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Picked up a used TFO Pro Series, 9' 5wt 4pc.
Plan to use it for rainbows, dolly varden, & grayling. Rainbows & dollys will be lakes & small to mid size rivers, grayling primarily lakes.
My experience is definetly still in the rookie range. How's this rod gonna work out for me?
I had originally been thinking of buying this rod new in 4wt for the task, but took the deal on the 5.
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Hi Vance,

Your rod should be just fine. I have never heard anything really bad about this brand of fly rod and would expect it to be as good as any that I own regardless of makers mark. I use 5, 6, & 7 weights for the same type of fishing that you are talking about and all are perfect for the task. For me length is more of an issue than weight. Some of the streams I fish require a short rod while larger rivers and creeks are good with a 8 or 9' rig.

if you are fishing still water 9' will suit the purpose as well ans any, hope you got a good deal

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P.S. With the weather the way it is I guess we won't be having that cup of coffee or fishing Anchor for a while huh?
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Thanks Ard.
Yeah that cup of coffee may be down the road a ways! A balmy -9 at my place this morning.
Did you ever hear from the biologist on your question on the lack of fish in the streams up in Turnigan pass?
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I have the 10' model. Great rod and warranty. Unfortunately I have had to use the warranty twice for a break in the same area, but, going on a year now with no break....WOHOO.

It is a great rod and I have cast big flies with it. It is however a medium action. Stay low and it works good in wind.

I think you will be mildly surprised, and like it allot.
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If that's your only rod the 5 wt. is going to be a better all around than the 4 wt. Here's something to ask the guys at the shop. The guys lined my reel to be used on my TFO with a Rio Grand. It's 1/2 wt overlined automatically for the fast action of the TFO professional. Congrats on your rod.
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Hi Vance,

I think that TFO has built their reputation on the 9' 5wt rod. It is one rod I always recommend for a beginner.

Hi Jimmie,

I don't think I would be using a Plus line on it though. It is not what I would call a fast action and a standard weight line is what I would use. Assuming that the new Pro cast like the older models. That doesn't mean that a Plus line won't work. Especially if you are nymphing a lot.

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I am with you Frank. It is definitely not fast action. In fact I like Windcutter II. It is 1/2 size smaller at the front. Just my choice.
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Hi Jimmie,

I don't think I would be using a Plus line on it though. It is not what I would call a fast action and a standard weight line is what I would use. Assuming that the new Pro cast like the older models. That doesn't mean that a Plus line won't work. Especially if you are nymphing a lot.

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Whoops.
Disregard what I said and go with Frank and Joni. They have a ton of experience.
I thought that I might have gotten a song and dance from the fly shop since they were out of the line that I wanted, Rio Gold, in my wt.


Dag-gummit...........I can't keep anything straight today. I don't even own a TFO Professional, LOL.... It's a TFO Jim Teeny, and is fast action. My apologies Vance, and everyone. Now I have to apologize to the fly shop for thinking bad thoughts........dag-burnit. Glad that I checked.

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I'll toss in my 2 cents regarding line weight. The only thing that a 4 will do better than a 5 (In terms of fishing), is present a fly more delicately. That does NOT mean that a 5 isn't a delicate rod. A 4wt might also be less work in terms of casting after a long day, but some 5's can be as easy to cast as some 4wt's: it depends on whether it's a stiff 4wt compared with a moderate 5wt. That's all junk you can worry about down the road, however. Even though it's cold right now, you can take your 5wt into the backyard and practice casting. Practice for accuracy, then into the wind, with the wind, and distance. When the temperature goes high enough for fishing, you'll be set in terms of getting the fly on target. You can buy a cheap line to practice with. If there's snow on the ground, it won't bother your good line. Grab one of the Allen lines in the forums Classifieds for $12. Posters report that they like them, and that's about as affordable as it gets.
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Picked up a used TFO Pro Series, 9' 5wt 4pc.
Plan to use it for rainbows, dolly varden, & grayling. Rainbows & dollys will be lakes & small to mid size rivers, grayling primarily lakes.
My experience is definetly still in the rookie range. How's this rod gonna work out for me?
I had originally been thinking of buying this rod new in 4wt for the task, but took the deal on the 5.
For this stuff I like my TFO Finesse in a 7'9" 3wt. The warranty on them is very good, and the value of this brand is nice. I own 3 different TFOs.

You will probably like the rod a lot. The 9ft length will allow you some extra range and plenty of muscle for some of the hawgs down there.

I managed a 40inch pike on my 3wt in an accidental catch on the Newhalen River, with the swift water and respectable size of the fish it was a real challenge but the little one held up well.
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