8 Weight Fly Rod Shootout Taking Shape – Let the Games Begin

| May 2, 2013

There’s a sizable buzz about the newest rod offering by none other than Temple Forks Outfitters – who seem have taken their game to a higher level following the introduction of the BVK two years ago – with the Mangrove fly rod designed with the help of Flip Pallot.

I had heard the new Mangrove Fly Rod is a soft tipped saltwater oriented rod that addresses the short loading needs when fly fishing for redfish and other saltwater species that can require a fast load, close cast, reduce false cast and good presentation. That’s a lot to ask of a saltwater stick, but it only took a couple of swings (literally) into the wind this afternoon at the TFO warehouse to add my name to the wait list for my TFO Mangrove 8 weight coming in next week.

I’ve been back-and-forth about “buying American” in years past, but I can’t debate the logic of hiring Americans to receive, inventory, stock, sell, fill orders, and ship out and deliver foreign rods to fly fishers all over the United States and world – from right here in Dallas, Texas.

This is the first rod to be thrown into the ring for the 8 weight shootout, a shootout intended to determine a good daily saltwater stick for the Texas Gulf Coast.


More to come …

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Category: Equipment, Fly Rods

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  1. mmendez1 says:

    Had a chance to throw the 7wt last night at the Fort Worth FF Casting Clinic. Awesome. I don’t have a 7. I think I might very soon. It is a little slower rod than I am used to, but I hit everything I casted at.

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