Temple Fork Outfitters Prism Cast Large Arbor Fly Reels
functions well, finish could be better
i'll give this 4 out of 5... the only flaw being the finish doesn't hold up as well. this is to be totally expected of a reel in this price range, and doesn't bother the performance of the reel at all. i actually kind of like the 'war horse' look.
that out of the way, i've put the brakes on some fairly large fish with this reel. i have one mated to a 10wt TFO rod, one of my 'non-tarpon' workhorse setups. i've turned 40lb king mackerel with it, also caught numerous 35"+ redfish just a few weeks ago.
no the drag isn't as adjustable, the finish will rub off, and the drag take up isn't as smooth as my other high dollar stuff, but it sure works well as a boat mule.
good job, TFO.
December 23, 2014
TFO For The Win. This is a really nice reel, reasonable price point but I purchased it due to the great customer service I get from Temple Fork Outfitters.
Now for the review: The one way roller bearing is held in by a wire circlip but I found it to be such a tight fit that it was difficult to remove and the circlip difficult to reinstall. The drag is not really sealed yes it does have a vinyl skirt type gasket but I doubt thats going to keep any saltwater out. If you do use in the surf it will need diassembley and freshwater rinse. The drag itself is very smooth no grabbing was noted, the adjustment range is a little limited I feel this could be improved.
As with any cast open frame reel I would exercise caution, I have a smaller one in 6-7 wt and the frame has easily been sprung due to normal handling and transport. Do not drop.
Not too heavy holds 300yds of 30lb gelspun backing plus 100ft of fly line I almost gave it a 5 except for the minor issues noted.
June 25, 2010
great value reel
Used this reel yesterday for the first time. Paired the 3/4 to a tfo 7'9 3 wt. finesse. Very smooth and overall great feel. drag doesn't have as much adjustment from loose to tight as I would like, but its definatly usable. It doesn't have an optional retrieval click, so it does not click while retrieving. On the good side, the reel has a solid feel, smooth operation, modest but classy look. and a good price
March 20, 2010