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Lefty Says
Hello Mark,
        Dick Sagara suggested I write a little something about TFO rods for your web site. I hope this e-mail is okay.
        I enjoyed our conversation on the phone the other day.
                               All The Best,
                                 Lefty
TFO rod designer, Lefty Krey with a very large barracuda caught while fly fishing a number of years ago...
TFO rod designer, Lefty Kreh started fly fishing at a young age (pictured here in the early 1970's). He had become a fishing and fly casting legend by middle age...
Temple Fork Outfitter Fly Rods
Lefty Kreh
        Temple Fork Oufitters (TFO) rods have become one of the best selling on the market today. I think there are a number of reasons.  TFO has put together a team composed of some of the best fly fishermen in the country. Bob Clouser, Nick Circione, Ed Jaworowski, Flip Pallot, Mike Kinney and Bob Meiser. Their experiences range from freshwater to the deep sea and the use of both one and two-handed rods. Best of all TFO’s president Rick Pope encourages input from all.
        On the TFO web site there is a suggestion how to select the right fly rod. It’s titled Rod Power Matrix and has a description for each family of rods including describing their various actions. Explaining a rod’s action is difficult since so many interpret the report differently.
        As one who helps to determine what rods TFO needs and who does the final testing I would like to outline my concept of the function of fly rods.
        Fly rods are designed for three different missions:

          Rods for the first group are
designed mostly for delicate presentations mainly for fresh water trout.
They cast light lines, almost all flies are rather lightweight and are delivered at a relatively short distance. These rods cast fly lines from two to six-weight.
        TFO’s Finesse rods fall in this category. They have a relatively slow action (unlike years ago there are no really slow action rods) that will throw a tight or open loop.  It’s my observation that most trout are lost when the tippet breaks on the strike, or the fish suddenly surges away during the fight. We have designed these rods so that with reasonably good technique a 5X tippet will hold on most trout.
        The seven-weight TFO rod can be compared to the 16-gauge shotgun. It isn’t enough for waterfowl shooting and too much for quail and rabbits. There are some special uses for it and that’s why TFO carries it.
The second category of fly rods is designed mainly for transportation. The angler needs to cast a relatively long distance or deliver the fly into a stiff breeze.  This would include throwing air resistant bass bugs, steelhead patterns, and flies for Atlantic salmon and Clouser minnows for a host of species. Such rods have a relatively fast taper but can flex well into the butt section.
There are special fishing situations where strong fish are encountered, especially in deep water where the rod must be capable of lifting the fish to bring it to the boat. This requires a strong blank but one that flexes and casts well. The TiCr X and Axiom are good examples. Both are capable of landing truly strong fish.
Transportation rods are designed to cast fly lines from eight to ten-weight.
TFO has made a remarkable family of rods, the BVK series. These rods are fairly fast, super light yet incredibly strong due to some magic within the blank and customers have been amazed at how well they cast.
 For example, an eight-weight BVK weighs about as much as the conventional six-weight rod. Yet, my friends on the Outer Banks of NC have been catching albacore (Little Tuna) weighing more than 12 pounds. While testing prototypes I used a 20-pound tippet and tried to break the BVK—no luck. Of course any rod you “high stick” can be broken. But many TFO customers are amazed how strong are these rods. Customers tell us they throw a long line as well as any rod in their class.
TFO rod designer, Lefty Kreh with a large Florida tarpon caught in the age of fiberglass rods...
Lefty has travelled the world fly fishing...
The third category of fishing rods is designed for fighting and lifting fish. Such rods are used on giant tarpon but more often offshore where a good cast is required but once the fish is hooked it dives and must be physically brought to boat side. It was established years ago with stand-up tackle that when fighting strong sea fish the longer the rod the more leverage the fish could apply against the angler. Stand up rods became shorter and incredibly big fish have been landed. The upper portion of the rod tends to weakly bend so the angler uses the butt of the rod to apply maximum leverage. The rods handle fly lines for 11-weight and up.
The TFO team realized that many fly rods fight fish well but perform badly when cast. We have designed some three-piece rods where the tip is a special material that delivers tight loop casts even at relatively long distance. The middle section is a slower stronger material and the butt section of another powerful material and incredibly strong. TFO’s Blue Water Series has become one of the most popular offshore rods today. And the Baby Blue Water has fast become a sought after rod for giant tarpon on the flats. So far as I know, no matter how large the fish—no one has reported breaking one.
Finally, no one in the industry has a better rod repair program. No matter how the angler breaks the rod, if it is sent in with a small amount of money, within 24 hours of receiving the rod at TFO headquarters it is repaired and returned. 
I hope this gives a little information as to why TFO has been so successful and has so many customers applauding their rods.
Lefty Kreh
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The five gentlemen pictured above have impeccable credentials as experts in the sport of fly fishing. If the sport of fly fishing has an elite status, these astute anglers would all qualify. Interestingly, each of these guys would be welcomed on any fly fishing design team in this country, but have chosen to give their alliance to Temple Fork Outfitters, a company that produces fly rods for the masses. No doubt that TFO builds cutting edge rods, but at greatly reduced prices. I guess the philosophy is that a fly rod will do little good if you can't afford to own it...and that everyone should be able to enjoy fly fishing. That works for us! 
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TFO Blanks and Components 
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Affordable rod cases...
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Casting For Recovery, is a national non-profit support and educational program for women who have or have had breast cancer.
TFO donates $25 from every sale of a CFR rod to Casting For Recovery.
NO-FAULT WARRANTY on all Temple Fork Outfitters rods is for the life of the original registered owner. Send your registration card with each purchase to activate your warranty. Simply return a damaged rod with $25 for shipping & handling, and Temple Fork Outfitters will repair or replace your rod.

Floods & Bugs
By: Rick Hafele
 with extra commentary & photos by Mark Bachmann

During summer water levels this rainforest stream shows the signs of catastrophic winter floods. Very little small gravel remains as only larger boulders are not swept away during higher winter flows. You can see the winter waterline. No terrestrial vegetation except for moss grows below it. Millions of insects live one to many feet below the stream bed. An unseen, but safe haven when floods.
It has been raining steadily for days.  My yard is like a dripping sponge that can’t hold another drop of water.  Nearby streams and rivers are at or over their banks and running the color of chocolate milk.  Flooding and rivers, however, are nothing new.  Basically if you are a river you are going to flood your banks once every few years or more, and in some years experience a flood of major proportions.  The question is not if a flood will occur, but when and how big. 
 
This lower gradient valley stream is bank full. You can see by the way the bank vegetation has bee combed in one direction that this stream has recently been much higher Woody debris, such as the fallen tree spanning the flow offer safe havens for fish and aquatic invertibrates.
People who live near rivers know all too well the power of water.  If you are an angler and wade frequently in streams or rivers you also know how quickly the force of water increases as its speed and depth increase.  When a river is flooding it can move just about anything in its path and the rocks and cobble on the stream bottom also begin rolling and moving downstream.  If you stand near a river while it’s flooding the sound of rolling rocks on the bottom creates an eerie rumble as if the river has some serious indigestion, which in a way it does. 

This vicious looking critter is very small and harmless midge larva.  Like many other aquatic insects it survives winter floods by burrowing into the substrate like their human counterparts surviving tornados by getting below ground level into their storm cellars.
Now imagine you are a small mayfly or stonefly nymph that lives on the rocks along the stream bottom.  A major flood must be like a thousand tornadoes moving through their neighborhood?  How do they survive?  Since floods are a natural part of life in rivers, they must have some solution or these little creatures would have ceased to exist long ago. 
 
Tiny caddis larvae such as the ones pictured above regularly migrate with fluctuations of water levels and during peak flow may be in the willows and shoreline weeds where there is very little current to dislodge them. When flows subside they return to where most people think they are all of the time.
First, I should point out that floods do have an impact on the insect life of streams.    Many studies have looked at the density or number of benthic organisms in a stream before and after floods, and they all show fairly steep declines.  In fact immediately after floods the number of insects and other aquatic invertebrates on the stream bottom may be near zero.  But these studies also show that within a month aquatic life is back, though sometimes in lesser numbers.  Within two or three months, however, depending on the severity of the flood and type of stream, the numbers of organisms on the stream bottom are often back to pre-flood levels.  Studies also show that some insects are affected more than others.  Chironomids (midges) and other small aquatic Diptera tend to be very resilient and return first.  In general the smaller the organism the better they survive floods and other extreme conditions like drought.  Therefore floods do have an impact and they affect the largest or mature insects the most.  Still, stream life appears to recover quickly, and floods even benefit stream organisms by washing away accumulated silt and debris and redistributing gravels.  No matter if most of the insects that survive are small, the question remains, how do they do it? 
 
Large rocky substrate provides plenty of space for water to flow down below the stream bed, creating a unique habitat known as the hyporheic zone.
A big part of the answer comes from something called the “hyporheic zone.”  The word’s roots are from the Greek words hypo (meaning below), and rheos (meaning flow).  The hyporheic zone therefore means the water that flows beneath the stream bed.  The depth of the hyporheic zone varies widely within and between streams depending on the type of stream substrate - more water flows down and through large loose substrate then fine embedded substrate - and the streams size and gradient.  In some streams the hyporheic zone extends ten or more feet deep and even laterally beyond the edge of the stream banks.  Wherever it occurs the hyporheic region sustains large numbers of aquatic insects and other invertebrates.  In fact studies have shown that the number of insect larvae below the stream bed can equal or exceed the number on top of it.  As a result the hyporheic zone acts as a safe harbor for thousands upon thousands of aquatic organisms protecting them from floods and droughts.  As long as water continues to flow through these subsurface regions of the stream bed the organisms there can continue to survive. This subsurface flow is also critical to the survival of trout and salmon eggs laid in the streambed, and can even be a safe retreat for small fish fry.
 
Fish as well as insects can hide in the river bottom gravel. Many young trout and salmon seek smaller side channels where flows are softer than the main river. Others hide in log jams and root-wads.
During very high flows aquatic insects and fish hide in what is normally stream-side vegetation.
 
Grass tufts become resting places for aquatic critters when they become submerged by flood waters.
During winter insect collection projects young steelhead have been dislodged from sumerged grass clumps. These fish appeared to be healthy, but were very lethargic as if they were in a state of hibernation. Some times it's just easier to cover up your head, snooze and let the storm pass.

Rio HeadCase, shooting head storage case
This nifty little zippered bag contain a ringed binder with (10) heavy duty zip-lock pouches, and some (2) zippered interior mesh pockets as well. It is the perfect storage case for all brands of shooting heads. It is especially designed to fit Spey shooting heads, but will also hold many other types of gear.

 
The HeadCase as it is delivered to you with ten zip-lock pouches and two zippered mesh pockets.

HeadCase top view.

The HeadCase with shooting heads(not included).
 
The HeadCase will hold (2) Mangrove Head Wallets, extra reel spool and assorted other gear (not included)
The Rio HeadCase is well made. I will fit inside a
Sage DXL Boat Bag and help segregate your gear.
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260480 Rio HeadCase, shooting head storage case 8"x7.5"x4" $49.95

Scientific Anglers Mono SL Shooting Line
Remarkable technology produces monofilament nylon that is hollow, but which retains a round configuration under extreme stress. In cross-section Mono SL is hollow, but partitioned into six separate compartments. Mono SL is lighter in weight than water, and therefore it floats. This may be the most friction free shooting line available. Because of the lightweight Mono SL barely touches the rod guides, and coiled loops come off the water cleanly. We first saw this shooting line in the hands of Spey Casting Wizard, Steve Choate, who was able to reach parts of the Sandy River which had never been touched by a fly before. Slick and easy on your hands
Mono SL Specifications:
Color: Transparent Orange
Length: 150'/45.7m
Size: .021" - 36-pound test


Cross-Section of Mono SL
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982765 Scientific Anglers Mono Shooting Line COLOR orange .021" $32.95


Simms Guide Fleece Bib
A full body fleece suit that is exceptionally warm and comfortable-ideal for wearing under our waders in the coldest conditions.

  • 2-way stretch 300 series fleece offers excellent warmth, breathability and mobility
  • Smooth nylon exterior for durability and style
  • Lofty velour interior is soft and warm with lifetime wicking performance
  • YKK® 2-way center-front zipper
  • 2 Zippered chest pockets
  • No-seam stirrups for ease of entry into waders
  • Simms Guide Fleece Bib

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    LSB1106430 Simms Guide Fleece Bib, COLOR Coal Medium $119.95
    LSB1106440 Simms Guide Fleece Bib, COLOR Coal Large $119.95
    LSB1106450 Simms Guide Fleece Bib, COLOR Coal X-Large $119.95
    LSB1106460 Simms Guide Fleece Bib, COLOR Coal XX-Large $119.95

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