Rated 4.3 out of 5 by 10
Rated 3 out of 5 by Thacarter546 So-so
When I first bought the combo it felt nice. The case was excellent and the rod was finished nice and had a good moderate action. The reel was a nice beginners reel. The line felt very cheap. I did not plan on using either anyway. My first impression of the reel and line were spot on. The line loses its coating very fast, and does not appear to retain another coating if applied by the user. Not that big of a deal. The rod casts very well. It offers good line control in a stream. Excellent control on short casts, as well as the ability to shoot the line out to the backing. My major complaint is the handle. I used this thing 4 hours or more a day everyday, which is more extreme than most people that are looking into this combo. After 30 days everytime i used the rod the cheap cork was coming off in my hands.
December 2, 2011
Rated 5 out of 5 by SooperSniper Newbee
Purchased in Feb of 2010 to learn that art of fly-fishing the flats of Florida’s Panhandle, great set up! I am replacing the reel, but have had no issue with the line or reel as of yet, I just found a better one. Landed a Lady Fish without issue in July. I broke the rod, presumably damaged during the height of my learning curve, and less than a week latter had a new one from TFO. Just be prepared, the no fault requires you to pay S&H and a fee of $25. All in all though, a lot cheaper than buying an entirely new set up. Now in WY, I have a smaller pro series TFO rod, but still use the NXT 8/9 wt in high winds, and to throw large hoppers.
August 17, 2011
Rated 3 out of 5 by TFOflyfan 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
Rated 3 out of 5 by MattG 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