Hey guys im thinking about buying an 8 weight rod for some bass, pike, and inshore fishing on the coast. I dont want to pay a fortune for the outfit but i'd like a decent set up. I was looking at TFO's signature series Lefty Kreh rod in an 8 weight 9 foot. You guys have any knowledge on this particular rod or have any other suggestions? Thanks fellas and good fishing, Nate
yes i have one and have had it since jan and love it
its a great rod you cant beat it for the money and a lifetime warnity
it great in the wind
i use mine for steelhead right now and will be using it in the summer for bass
the only down fall is that its 2 peice i like to jump on my bike and just go for a ride and its hard to do sometime but overall its a really nice rod
got me the 5 wt tfo lefty pro! its great! casts like a champ and also comes with a lifetime warranty. my opinion is go for it! you will be happy with the purchase. mine has a orvis rocky mountain turbine reel on it and it matches perfectly.
i've only test wiggled the signature series TFO rods in the 3/4/5 weight sizes and they appeared more of a medium action. for 8wt size fishing i imagine you'd need a medium/fast or fast action rod. i've fished 7 and 8 wt rods, some like the winston vapor were too "weak" for winds and bigger flies. i'm not saying the TFO signature series rod design doesn't change rod design qualities as you go into the bigger line weight size (it might) but i would highly suggest test casting one first if you can. now "i want to catch fish" says it works for him but you don't know if it'll work for you. to be objective, you should ask about experience and what other rods people have fished in comparison. you seem too quick to jump on this recommendation. i'm just trying to be objective here so i mean no disrespect to "i want to catch fish".
if cost is a factor (it's always been to me but even more so these days) you might check out and read up on the albright offerings too. they are offering good deals through their web site. Home page
i've fished TFO professional rods in the 5wt size (i think a better lineup than the signatures for the 8wt style fishing i do but still there are better options) and the TFO TiCR-X which was GREAT for big clousers and stripers from a tube with fast sinking lines. if cost is not that big a factor look into the TiCR-X rods.
in the end, though i have fished for bass (freshwater), i have zero experience with pike and inshore coastal fishing. good luck.
its a good deal in the wind i live in the great lakes and do bass fishing up on the huron and lake st.clair for my bass fishing i use sciencetific angler full skinking line on the lakes to get down quick and to throw big flys but i also have a 9wt which i use bc of the wind factor but as of right now my 8wt is nice but take ezamora adivice and go and try to test one out he has given great help in the past and has helped good luck
I don't think the TFO 8wt Signature rod is a good choice unless you really like slow/medium action rods. I think the PRO model would be a better choice and it comes in four pieces. The Signature is a two piece rod.
So take a hard look at the TFO PRO and the TiCr would even be a better choice. Somewhere along the way the TFO rods shed some weight and that has made them even a better rod.
You should also take a look at the Redington rods at the Forum Fly Shop. The Redington Red Fly comes in two or four pieces and is priced like the TFO rods. The Redington RS4 would also be a great choice but a bit more money. Redington has a great line up of fly rods and the Forum Fly Shop supports NAFFF. They have free shipping over $100 and you get a 21 day free trial. If you don't like a rod just return it and get all of your money back. Give Todd a call at 937-434-8472. I think you will like doing business with Todd and I know you will like the rods.
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In regards to the comment made about the Signature Series only being made in a 2 piece(incorrect). Also, they are not slow/medium action in the 4 piece model(that is for the 2 piece). I have the TFO 905-4 9'0 % 5Wt and have only had it out once, but love it.
These medium-fast rods are smooth casting and feature a TFO green IM6 blank, Ti-chrome strippers, light wire snakes, cherry red metallic trim, green thread wraps, winding check, up-locking wooden insert reel seat and rod sock. The #7, #8, #9 and #10 weight rods come with a fighting butt. Comes with cloth rod sock and 4 piece cordura rod tube.
Available in 100 #5 4PC, 100 #6 4PC w/ fighting butt, 100 #7 4PC w/ fighting butt and 100 #8 4PC w/fighting butt. These medium-fast rods are smooth casting and feature a TFO green IM6 blank, Ti-chrome strippers, light wire snakes, cherry red metallic trim, green thread wraps, winding check, and up-locking wooden insert reel seat. Comes with cloth rod sock and cordura rod tube.
TFO SIGNATURE SERIES 14'0" 8/9 SPEY ROD
The new TFO Signature Series 140 8/9 Spey Rod is very user friendly and was designed for the fisherman that is new to spey casting and spey fishing. Specifically designed for use with short belly lines, this rod has a softer full-flex allowing the rod to load easily making spey casting easy for the novice. This rod also has the unique ability to be used as a rod that will cross-over for use with Skagit style lines.
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MODEL LENGTH LINE WEIGHT PIECES WEIGHT
TFO 1489-4 140 8/9 Wt. 4 pc. 8.6 Ounces
******** NOTE: I HAVE ONLY SEEN THESE AVAILABLE IN CANADA *******
Signature series is a decent rod but the guys are right about the action. Its closer to medium than fast. I have one in a 9WT, good rod but I stepped it up to the TiCrX to get the fast action I was looking for.
I have 3 of the Signature series--8' 4wt., 8'6" 4wt., 9' 5wt. For the money you can't beat them. I have Sage rods also and I use the TFO rods the most.
As for the TFO warranty $25 fixes anything that happens to them. Hard to beat that, Sage is $70 to fix theirs.