Temple Fork Outfitters™ NXT Fly Fishing Rod and Reel Outfits
great begginers outfit
This is a great rod to get started with this outfit got me hooked on fly fishing. I bought to fish in the everglades and have been catching Ladyfish and trout all day great for the younger angler
March 6, 2008
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
The #5/6 combo, great kit for the price
I have recently started fly fishing again after taking a break for nearly 12 years. I started back with a cheap graphite rod and then moved over to a couple of classic fiberglass rods, a Martin in #6 and a Heddon Pal in #7. I really love the way the fiberglass rods respond and how they gently put the line on the water, I had heard these NXT rods had a similar action and I was not disappointed. The quality of all the components is very impressive, the rod is finished wonderfully, the reel impressed me with it's drag system, and the case that they fit in is also top notch. I'm by no means a great caster, but I have come close to shooting the line to the backing when needed. The rod loads well and can punch through the wind with a little effort. So far I've only caught some RioGrande perch, Long ears, blue gills, and a pair of small Guadalupe bass on this rod, but it feels like it is up to the challenge of a big fish if needed. The only complaint I have, and it is a small one, is the fly line seems to get a bit "sticky" to the rod and line guides after about an hour of being in the water. So far putting on line dressing after each use has made this a non issue, but that is the only complaint I could find in this combo.
August 13, 2008
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