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Old 02-15-2014, 10:35 AM
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Default TFO 10wts?

I'm wondering if anyone has experience with TFO 10wt rods? Will be for musky fishing. I'll be building the rod from a blank, but am interested in how 10 wts cast, particularly with sinking lines and big flies. I'm looking at the Professional Series (great price), TiCr X, TiCr, and BVK. From what I read on their site the TiCr X seems the best candidate but hope to hear from folks who have tried the rods.

I've not built a TFO because they come with that HUGE decal already on them, but figure they offer some 10 wt options for around $100 so might be time to give them a try.
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Default Re: TFO 10wts?

I have one of the earlier TFO 10 wts in the Lefty Kreh Signature series & IMO it casts big flies just fine, with sinking or floating lines. I don't cast more than about 70-80ft, and usually less, but it does a good job in that range. Generally, the flies I'm tossing are 4" to 6" in length, and some are bulky, which affects the casting, but still works fine for the fishing I do.

I would have to go look at the rod to see exactly which model it is, if that would help you any.
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Go with the Mangrove for a musky stick
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Default Re: TFO 10wts?

Do some searching and you should find lots of comments on the BVK 10WT. Those that have them hold them in high regards as long as the stick doesn't break for unexplained reasons. Never owned one, but seriously considered them. If I could get one built for $100, I'd take a chance. The others you mention have some fans on this forum too.

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Default Re: TFO 10wts?

Thanks for the feedback so far! I've heard good things about TFO rods but a lot of the reviews I seen have been for lower weights. I did some digging for the BVK 10wt and am finding some write ups, which is helpful. Not sure how much 'lifting' factors into musky fishing, but I do notice the BVK is rated lower than others. Drawn more to the TiCr X as I read.

p.s. unfortunately I don't see the Mangrove blanks for sale.
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Default Re: TFO 10wts?

They only received the Mangrove blanks a week or two ago. Contact them through their web page.
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Default Re: TFO 10wts?

I love the Mangrove for sure and have 6, 7, 8 for me and both sons have these in 8. We love them as we mostly wade and tube float thus can only take one rod. In my experience it qualifies as the best "one size fits all" in affordable rods. However 80' is a good long cast for them. When the winds right and the fly the right size I can go farther. Fine rods but not distance cannons.

I had BVKs, good casters but had a buddy break one trying to get a not so large red out of the weeds. IMHO he wasn't doing something out of the ordinary. Sure TFO's superb warranty replaced is lickty split, but it ruined his day at 7:15 in the morning. So for me they aren't the rods for heavy flies, sinking lines, snags, yankin' fish from cover, ie muskie's with a bad attitude.

However for big flies and sinking lines you might consider the TiCrX as it will toss sinking line's a mile. It is brutally strong and fast. Do give up control/accuracy at 20-30' casts but that's typically the realm of sinking line fishing.

Their blanks are very reasonable from MudHole.com

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Default Re: TFO 10wts?

Thanks for the feedback jwide and Pete. Was actually looking through Mudhole's catalog late last night and saw the Mangrove blanks for sale. Still aren't up on their site but are for sale.

I appreciate the side-by-side comparison of some of the models. Warranties are great but yes, a broken rod will ruin the day and if I do it from a blank it is a real pain. Between what you and ia-trouter said that takes the BVK off the table. TiCrX is still top of the list.
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Default Re: TFO 10wts?

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I've not built a TFO because they come with that HUGE decal already on them
Those decals aren't especially difficult to get off. Just scrape with a razor blade held at a 90 angle. Then cover the scraped area with rod finish.

Do it carefully so you just scrape off the decal and finish, not the resin.
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Default Re: TFO 10wts?

That's good to know, haven't seen them in person so didn't know if it is printed directly on the blank or under a clear coat etc. I'm not against having a decal on the rod, it is just that theirs are so big.
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