Temple Fork Outfitters™ NXT Fly Fishing Rod and Reel Outfits
TFO NXT Combo
I have been using TFO rods for 8 years now and will never use another more expensive brand of rod. With this combo, I have the 9', 5/6 wt. rod and it casts smooth and flawless, however the TFO reel and the line that it came with frustrate me. I have lost several fish due to the line tangling (it loses it's lubricant very quickly) or the drag locking up. I would highly recommend ANY TFO rods but the reel just leaves me frustrated....
July 29, 2009
Decent starter outfit
I've had the NXT 5wt outfit for a little over a year now and have fished it many, many times in a wide range of conditions.
First, the good:
The rod itself if far and away the best part of the outfit. The rod action is pretty easy without being too stiff or too whippy. It'll handle mid-size streamers pretty well, but can still gently place fine tippets and small dries. These are qualities that any decent 5wt rod should possess.
Now, the not so good:
First, the fly line and leader that come preloaded with this outfit are pretty subpar. If you are intent on buying this outfit, just know that you will have to buy a quality fly line at some point not too far down the road. I've found that even after the first 3 or 4 times I used this rod, the fly line lubricant comes completely off and it sticks to the guides wet or dry. You can always buy fly line lubricant separately, but the fact that the line also starts to absorb H20 and sink makes the hassle of re-lubricating not really worth it in my opinion. Second, the reel quality leaves a lot to be desired. For someone just starting out, it will work Ok for a while, but you can't fine tune the drag much at all. It's either "on" or "off". Also, the click spring on my reel just gave out this past weekend. I was able to doctor it a bit streamside, but it just reinforced my opinion that the reel and fly line aren't practical for extended use.
For someone just starting out fly fishing or looking for a relatively inexpensive backup rig, this is a pretty decent choice. Most outdoor companies are coming out with their own fly rod outfits and I'd put this one up against any other in the $150-200 range. Just know that a new fly line ($60+) and probably a new reel ($100+) will be in the offing as well.
May 29, 2009
TFO NXT Fly Fishing outfit
I received this outfit for my birthday as an introduction to fly fishing. As a beginner I can say that this has been an extremely satisfying piece of equipment. I have had no problems and have progressed in casting very well using this rod and reel. I recently lost the tip overboard while dissembling and will be testing the no-fault warranty. Looking to buy another outfit.
April 13, 2009
A must have
The TFO is a awesome rod and reel combo! I trout and bass fish with a 5/6 weight TFO and it works great. I highly recomend this combo to beginners and experts!
January 4, 2009