Temple Fork Outfitters™ BVK Fly Rods
New BVK's do NOT have the recoil stripping guides
This is not a huge deal to me, but I was a little surprised when I got my new TFO BVK rod home and opened the package to find that it DID NOT have the recoil stripping guides. The demo in the store had them... but from what I'm told the demo was last year's model (when they still had the recoil guides).
According to the TFO website the BVK rods have the new TFO Tactical Series Stripping Guides...
"* TFO's Tactical Series Guides are high performance guides designed to withstand the most rigorous fishing conditions while providing the ultimate in weight savings. The guides feature super hard-chrome anodized, stainless steel inserts pressed into a machined, hard-annodized, satinless steel frame for extreme durability in both fresh and saltwater." The BPS website still shows the recoil guides in the list of features.
I just got the rod today so it's a little early to do a full review. But it seems like a lot rod for the money. Hardware and finish is beautiful. This is my second TFO rod and the other is outstanding. My only gripe is that TFO rods don't come with rod-tubes... just with the rod sock. So you have to spend $35.00 more to get a rod tube... One that would be included in the cost of most other rods at the price point of the BVK.
March 10, 2012
Fast Action, Soft Feel
I bought this rod to take to the San Juan River and was thoroughly impressed. I've fished with the Z-Axis and Winston Boron, and I would say the feel of the BVK is similar. Dry flies are a dream to cast. I threw bunny leaches, nymph rigs, dries, everything felt great. I even put sink tip line on it and the 9' 5wt had enough back bone to shoot sinking line out there pretty far.
For the money, you can't find a better rod. Granted, it's not made in the US, it's made in Korea, which knock on this rod. There are some design elements and material qualities that you will be able to differentiate between the bVK and Sage One, or any other "top tier" rod, but I will be buying a whole lot more of these rods for the simple fact that they fish well, feel great and are the best bang for your buck.
March 1, 2012
Buy this rod
This is by far one of the best rods you can buy at any price point. Whatever tfo is doing, they should keep it up.
Pros: This rod is by far more sensitive than other tfo rods. I have a 5 and 8 weight and both throw floating and sinking lines well. Very light weight. The recoil guides make this rods lighter and more durable. This rod makes long casts very well and throws tight loops. Have caught steelhead on the 8 and it fights big fish well. The tfo warranty is the best out there.
Cons: Does not excel at close distance roll casts, i found a size up in line weight solves this problem to load it better though. Recoil guides are a bit louder than normal guides and with a sharkskin or textured line, there is even more noise, but after a while you don't really notice it. Reel seat has smaller fittings, i wish they were a bit easier to grip on the 8 weight.
Overall i would say this rod compares very well to many of the high priced rods on the market. I like this rod more than my loomis streamdance and sage vxp. For my money, i will take the value of this rod over any other rods out there.
December 1, 2011
TFO BVK 9' 6wt
Temple Fork really came up with a fine rod with the BVK. Smooth as silk with fast line speeds this rod has truely made me a better flyfisherman! Great Price too. I'll be ordering an 7 or 8wt for LM Bass fishing soon.
October 18, 2011