Temple Fork Outfitters Lefty Kreh Finesse Fly Fishing Rods
TFO is good for the $
I own several higher end rods and often feel guilty when deciding to make the investment knowing how many other priorities there are, so this time around I thought I'd try to compromise with a much smaller investment. So far, other than some minor aesthetic qualities, I believe this to be every bit as good as the higher end rods. A buddy and I traded, my TFO 386 and his Sage One 490 while fishing recently and I couldn't wait to get my rod back in my hands - got spoiled - and I feel badly that he invested so much more than I did (still love Sage though)!
July 9, 2013
alot of fun!
landed a 14in rainbow on my first day and it was quite a fight. the casting took a little getting used to, but that's mainly cause my other main rods are a 5wt and a 3wt. the flex on this this 1wt is great, you can feel it down to the base section. great rod!
March 24, 2011
Have an 8’ 9” 4wt Finesse overloaded with 5wt line, a 6wt Sage SLT and a 5wt TFO TICR. The Finesse has an action similar to the SLT. In terms of casting ability, accuracy, mending, presentation and ease of handling, it feels almost as good as the Sage, but of course lighter in weight. There is a difference, slightly in favor of Sage, but comparing a 6wt and a 4wt is a little difficult. Comparing it to the TCR wouldn’t make sense because of the different actions.
I used it on some narrow high mountain creeks and beaver ponds and presentation is smooth and very controllable. It’s easy to maneuver with in brush.
Would a high end rod be better? IMO, the price break wouldn’t be worth the slight performance gain. Let's put it this way, I don’t ever see myself needing to upgrade the Finesse rod. Have caught many fish on it and love it. The green color and red, wood reel seat, with double locking rings, is very attractive, too. It’s going smallmouth fishing this weekend!!
August 10, 2007
Sweet Casting Fly Rods
Temple Fork Outfitters swung and hit a home run with the Finesse series. I've got to say I'm impressed. I own two of these rods, one in the 3wt 7'9" and another in the 5wt 8'9" size. Both have a sweet medium action, but the 3wt 7'9" is the real jewel in the TFO crown. It's so incredibly lightweight, and throws such an effortless loop anywhere you want with a roll cast that I could (indeed I have on many occasions) cast the rod all day.
I own around a dozen fly rods, including Sages and Winstons and have owned and sold many more. I recently got a Winston WT, which is a little smoother and more accurate than the Finesse, and I own a Sage SLT, which is slightly faster than the Finesse and has a slightly softer tip, yet I keep coming back to my Finesse rods for some reason. They're smooth, medium action, lightweight fly rods made of premium IM6 graphite. They can delicately present dry flies, cast woolly buggers and nymph rigs a good distance, and are a real joy to catch fish on. If I have ever owned a rod that was ideal for roll casting, I think it would be the 3wt 7'9" Finesse.
The overall fit and finish of the Finesse series is very good. The matte finished rosewood reel seat was the first to catch my eye, and the cork is very high quality and clean (at least it was clean when it was new). The reel seat hardware looks good and gets the job done, as does the stripping guide snake guides and wraps, but it isn't going to win any beauty contests. The rod blank is a classic dark green.
The only real negative is this: the stripping guide is a bit too over-sized. This adds weight to the rod and, when you sight down the rod's length, looking through the snake guides, it is a little taller from the straight line you can sight through the snake guides, which might cause minor added friction. However, I've never noticed it.
There's a surprising lack of medium action fly rods on the market, and the really good ones are all in the $500+ range. For the $179 that the Finesse rods sell for, you get a rod blank that is effectively as good as the high end rod blanks, and hardware that is a tad heavier and less pretty than the premium hardware, but which performs just as well.
In my opinion, these rods are best lined up with a double taper line. I would NOT overline these rods.
June 26, 2008