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TFO’s Taylor Makes Angling History

Wanda Taylor is considered one of fly fishing’s female pioneers. The TFO advisor has now further etched her name in angling lore. It’s there in black and white.

A world record.

Propelled by the guidance of fellow TFOer Jake Jordan, Taylor set the IGFA mark in early February when she bagged a 33-pound spearfish off Kona, Hawaii. Official confirmation came from the IGFA late last week when Taylor received a certificate, which noted the tippet class (20 pounds), along with the weight and date of the catch.

For the record, Taylor used TFO’s heavy-duty Bluewater rod with a pink and white Jake Jordan Big Popper Marlin fly.

“I’ve never been one to chase world records, but I had the opportunity to (do so),” Taylor said. “I know what it means to Jake and the team. It was pretty special and for women in general. There are people who have a passion for it. I’m not sure I have a passion for it. I count it as a blessing to have that opportunity to do it. It wasn’t something where I woke up and wanted to break a world record.”

Jordan and his crew suspected the fish was a possible world record moments after the catch, but had to wait nearly four months for the IGFA to navigate the approval process.

“I had never experienced this before,” Taylor said. “I didn’t know if it was going to be a long wait or a short wait. I didn’t realize the process of a world record is from around the world, not just from Florida, Georgia or Hawaii. They have thousands and thousands of entries. It just takes a while to test the leaders, to make sure everything was correctly done. With all that in mind, it was really a short wait.”

Turns out, the wait was worth it.

“I was surprised how beautiful (the certificate) is,” Taylor said. “They are so well done. The fish is on the document. It’s raised, really beautifully done. I was really relieved for the captain (and crew). They had a lot of records on conventional tackle. This one was on fly and one that’s rare as a short-bill spearfish.”

The trip to Hawaii came as a part of Jordan’s Spearfish Fly Fishing School. All were aboard Captain Kevin Nakamaru’s 37 Merritt “Northern Lights.”

Give Taylor credit for landing the fish; give the captain and crew credit for putting her in proper position.

“They were huge,” Taylor said. “It makes a difference if you have a captain that knows what he’s doing. It’s a team effort. The key is keeping your watch angle, so the captain can see what you’re doing. You have to keep calm, so you can hear what the captain is saying and know what he’s seeing because he’s the one with the view. You don’t have that view because you’re in the back of the boat. It’s important to have that communication.”

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Looking For More Versatility And Fish? Try Drop Shotting

Editor’s Note: This post comes from TFO Ambassador Steve Lund, who provides insight on drop shotting for bass.

Drop shotting is a technique that any serious or novice angler shouldn’t overlook. Some will say that they only catch small fish with this technique and rarely catch quality fish. In some cases this may be true; however, there are times when drop shotting seems to outperform other baits in catching not only quantity but quality bass as well. I personally would rather catch fish other ways and often will only resort to drop shotting when other techniques aren’t getting the job done, but I’ll never rule it out. In fact this is one bait that I almost always have tied on and ready to go. I used to be one of the guys that would snub his nose at the thought of drop shotting or as some refer to using the “fairy wand.”  After moving to back to Arizona, an area with many clear-water canyon lakes, I quickly learned that drop shotting can be a valuable technique in helping to not only fill out a limit, but also win tournaments. There are certain lakes that big fish just seem to eat the drop shot really well.

Drop shot is a versatile technique that can be fished in a wide range of water column depths, from right next to the bank to the deepest part of the lake. For those that are unfamiliar or new to drop shotting, there are several videos on the Internet that can help you get started with the basic setup.

The Right Setup

My main drop shot setup that I use 90 percent of the time is a Temple Fork Outfitters Gary’s Tactical Series 6’9″ ML Spinning Rod (GTS DSS693-1), paired with a Shimano Stradic Ci4+ 2500 Spinning Reel, spooled with 10-pound P-LineTCB8 Braid with 8-pound P-Line Tactical Fluorocarbon 10-foot leader. I will use this set up when I’m fishing anywhere from about 1-30 feet, as I am usually throwing a 3/16 or 1/4-ounce weight.  When I fish deeper than 30 feet, I will use heavier weights —- 3/8 or 1/2 ounce —- and also upsize my rod to the Temple Fork Outfitters Gary’s Tactical Series 7’3″ M Spinning Rod (GTS – S734-1). Increasing the rod power is necessary when fishing deeper so the rod sensitivity doesn’t feel as sluggish and provides more backbone for setting the hook with the heavier weights and more line out. I will fish the same line set up 10-pound braid to 8-pound fluorocarbon leader.  On rare instances I may drop to a 6-pound fluorocarbon leader when the bite is finicky in super clear water.

For hooks, I vary the type of hook I use depending on the lake I’m fishing. If I’m fishing a lake with brush trees or other snags, I will use a Gamakatsu Rebarb hook that I can rig a bait texposed, where if I’m fishing relatively open water I will use an Aaron Martens TGW Drop Shot hook and nose hook or wacky hook the worm. Most of the time I will fish with around a 12″ length line from bait to weight. Sometimes it may be necessary to adjust to a shorter length when the fish are lethargic and sitting on the bottom or a longer length to ensure your bait is above vegetation or when targeting suspended fish that are off the bottom.

What to Fish and How to Fish It

Try different types and sizes of baits; sometimes switching it up can make a big difference. I will usually start with a standard straight tail finesse worm in 4.5 – 6″ which works for most conditions. I have had success with curly tail worms also and sometimes prefer to throw curly tail worms when there is more wind or when the fish are more aggressive, the curly tail worm slows down the fall and provides action on the fall attracting active fish that will travel greater distances to your bait. I also like to try bigger baits like a 6-7″ fat worm or baby brush hog that provides a little more visibility in stained, deep water, or fishing at night.

For action I let the fish tell me how they want it. I vary between twitching, dragging, shaking, or even dead sticking until I can determine what seems to be working best. Dead sticking is so hard for me to do, but sometimes the fish just want it that way.

When it comes to colors, there are so many choices and I like to try all kinds of new colors and different color combinations, but some of my favorite colors that always seem to work are Morning Dawn, Aarons Magic, Oxblood/Red Flake, and Margarita Mutilator.

The main thing I would say to keep in mind is change things up and try different things until you figure out the best drop-shot combination for the conditions. Drop shot is not always the best technique, but there are times when it can be, and it is one of many highly effective tools to keep in your box.

Suggestions, comments about drop shotting for bass? Feel free to comment on one of our social media pages.

Toby Uppinghouse Transitions into Advisory Role

TFO proudly welcomes Toby Uppinghouse of Sacramento, California into an advisory role.

Retiring from his responsibilities as sales rep in the region, Toby humbly will transition the territory into the hands of Sales Rep Clint Nicholson.

TFO warmly thanks Toby for his dedication and efforts as a sales rep and true ambassador of the sport. All of us in Dallas are excited for the future.

While managing TFO sales in California for thirteen years, Toby’s relationship and industry acumen helped grow and nurture a critical foundation for TFO product. With his infectious smile and laugh, Toby has not only become a staple in his community for how an industry member should act, but has been the right, “TFO,” type of person from the beginning.

We excitedly look for continued growth and brand awareness through his participation at dealer events and consumer shows.

Toby will continue to operate his immensely successful guide and outfitting business, Edgewater Outfitters, while focusing on big picture relationships and product development with the existing TFO design team. Toby will also be an important contributor to our social media presence due to his talents behind a camera lens.

While the California Delta, and northern California trout and steelhead rivers are home, Toby has been an active angler and guide in Montana, Alaska and Mexico. His vast experience in both fresh and saltwater will continue to be a welcome addition to the sport and TFO team.

Toby is an active contributor and leader in the Cast Hope organization. Cast Hope is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization positively impacting kids and their mentors in the communities of Northern California, Southern California, and Western Nevada through free fly fishing and outdoor experiences. Through programs, clients help build mentoring relationships, fly fishing skills, outdoor knowledge, sustainable practices, and personal values. Cast Hope’s gift of the outdoors empowers each mentoring pair to grow closer as they participate in healthy hobbies together.

Toby and his wife Sue, who dwarfs her husband’s good looks by many miles, currently preside in Sacramento with their dogs Hunter and Sammy, and probably far too many boats in the drive-way.

Axiom II Switch: IFTD 2018 “Best in Show” Winner

Temple Fork Outfitters has strengthened its reputation as the leading manufacturer of fly rods by winning the Best New 2-Handed/Spey rod, award at the world’s largest fly fishing tackle trade show, IFTD.

The Axiom II Switch rod took home first place at the 2018 show in Orlando, Fla.

The Axiom II Switch Rod is engineered for two-hand anglers requiring optimal performance across a range of fishing techniques from a single rod. Because line weight distribution is different between “swinging flies,” “indicator fishing,” and “throwing lead,” optimizing a two-hand rod for all three techniques was previously impossible. Now, by combining TFO’s highest modulus materials and our proprietary Kevlar application with actions inspired by our industry-leading Deer Creek series, Axiom II breaks the code delivering the super-wide grain windows necessary for a truly exceptional multi- technique two-handed rod.

The primary goal of a switch rod is to allow the caster the ability to achieve maximum targeted forward distance with the least amount of expended energy, while maintaining a functional rod length for line management and fish fighting.

An evolution from our wildly successful Deer Creek Series, the Axiom II switch family is engineered to fit the angler and the scenario, (not the other way around). The Axiom II switch rod offers the optimization of the benefits of two-handed or spey style casting, but with a shorter lever, (to accommodate medium sized water, or tight-quarters fishing out of a boat).

The Axiom II Switch rod remains true to TFO’s commitment of matching price to performance. The Axiom II Switch series include rod socks and are packaged in a hard nylon lined rod tube and retails for $399.95.

About Temple Fork Outfitters (TFO): TFO assembled the world’s most accomplished, crafty anglers to design a complete line of fishing rods priced to bring more anglers into the sport. Because we believe that anyone who has the fishing bug as bad as we do deserves the highest performance equipment available to take their game to the next level. And in our experience, when we get people connecting with fish, they connect with nature. And they join us in our mission of keeping our rivers, streams, lakes and oceans in good shape for the next generation. There’s a new breed of anglers out there. They’re smart. They’re passionate. They’re socially conscious. And they’re fishing Temple Fork. For more information, please visit: www.tforods.com

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TFO Announces Partnership with Outtech, Inc.

Temple Fork Outfitters is pleased to announce that it has signed Outtech, Inc. as its national sales agency for conventional fishing products. Effective June 1st, Outtech will begin promoting and representing TFO’s conventional line of fishing rods across all sales channels. This new partnership is a strategic initiative designed to significantly expand the sale and brand awareness of TFO’s conventional product line.

“The breadth and depth of the Outtech team is unsurpassed in the outdoor space. They bring a proven sales leadership advantage to TFO that made them the logical choice as we work toward achieving our business goals. As we’ve grown beyond our roots in the fly fishing industry, it has become imperative to find a sales team on the conventional side of the business that is capable of executing across our mix of great independent deals, distributors, and national box stores. We’re committed to conducting business with honesty and integrity, and always with the success of TFO dealers first and foremost in our minds; Outtech’s guiding principles are the same and we’re confident that this new partnership will demonstrate these shared core values,” said Frank-Paul King, President of Temple Fork Outfitters.

“Outtech is proud to announce its alliance with Temple Fork Outfitters and the opportunity to support its growth in the conventional fishing segment of the industry. Outtech is focused on expanding its representation of quality fishing brands and TFO is the perfect partner with whom to make a significant impact; their incredible rods and brand make TFO an outstanding fit for the Outtech team,” said Jay Scholes, President of Outtech.

About Outtech, Inc.: Established in 1989, Outtech, Inc. is one of the largest sales and marketing organizations in the outdoor industry. With more than 25 years of experience, Outtech is dedicated to providing sales representation to some of the leading brands in the outdoors and is built on a team of over 80 industry specialists spread across multiple divisions focused on all sales channels. For more information, please visit: www.outtech-online.com

About Temple Fork Outfitters (TFO): TFO assembled the world’s most accomplished, crafty anglers to design a complete line of fishing rods priced to bring more anglers into the sport. Because we believe that anyone who has the fishing bug as bad as we do deserves the highest performance equipment available to take their game to the next level. And in our experience, when we get people connecting with fish, they connect with nature. And they join us in our mission of keeping our rivers, streams, lakes and oceans in good shape for the next generation. There’s a new breed of anglers out there. They’re smart. They’re passionate. They’re socially conscious. And they’re fishing Temple Fork. For more information, please visit: www.tforods.com

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A Note from the Kreh Family

Dear friends,

I am sorry to relay sad information to all of you.

Bernard Victor Kreh “Lefty” passed away today  in the presence of his family. He passed without pain. He told us multiple times during the worsening of his illness how lucky he was to have so many friends. During these last few weeks he was so sick and without energy that he was unable to respond to any emails and the many phone messages left for him. I can say this was a-great comfort to him.

There will be a celebration of his life in the upcoming weeks. We will update you when plans are made. 

Lefty would want us to celebrate life and not mourn him.

Tight Lines, best wishes,

The Kreh Family

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to:
Greater Baltimore Medical Center / Gilchrist hospice in honor of Lefty Kreh

Mail to: GBMC Philanthropy, 6701 North Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21204
or contribute online at: https://www.gbmc.org/donate (Under “Designation” choose “Other.” Then in the next field, type: “Lefty Kreh Memorial”)
or call: 443-849-3303.  

TFO Proudly Introduces the Traveler Rod Series

Traveling with fishing rods has always been a challenge for anglers and finding a quality multi-piece conventional rod with the effortless action of your favorite one-piece rod has been impossible. TFO solves the globe-trotting angler’s dilemma with the Traveler Series. This series of seven-foot, 3-piece spinning and casting rods mirror the look and feel of the legendary Tactical family of fishing rods. 20 years of engineering some of the lightest high-performance, multi-piece fly rods on the market was the perfect preparation for developing a conventional line of rods to meet the needs of any angler. And none other than Larry Dahlberg, one the greatest world-traveling anglers of all time, made sure we designed nothing less than the best.

The Traveler Series are crafted through a combination of IM carbon fiber and a proprietary light weight scrim. By use of a precision CNC sanding process, the re-enforced ferrules are fitted to 1/10,000 of an inch, creating a snug and seamless fit. The result is an incredibly light and sensitive, fast-action high-performance fishing tool. Handsomely finished, the non-glare sky blue blanks are fitted with premium cork grips, TFO’s exclusive skeletal reel seats and topped with Fuji’s new Fazlite Corrosion Control K-Frame guides, making them safe for either fresh or saltwater environments.

Designed for the adventurer in all of us, the Traveler Series remains true to TFO’s commitment of matching price to performance. Traveler rods include rod socks and are packaged in an airline overhead friendly, 32” hard nylon lined rod tube and retails for $199.95

https://www.tforods.com/traveler-rods/

About Temple Fork Outfitters (TFO):

TFO assembled the world’s most accomplished, crafty anglers to design a complete line of fishing rods priced to bring more anglers into the sport. Because we believe that anyone who has the fishing bug as bad as we do deserves the highest performance equipment available to take their game to the next level. And in our experience, when we get people connecting with fish, they connect with nature. And they join us in our mission of keeping our rivers, streams, and oceans in good shape for the next generation. There’s a new breed of anglers out there. They’re smart. They’re passionate. They’re socially conscious. And they’re fishing Temple Fork.

Temple Fork Outfitters
Dallas, TX 75247

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Bruce Richards

Bruce Richards Joins the TFO National Advisory Staff

Temple Fork is excited to announce Bruce Richards has joined fly fishing luminaries Lefty Kreh, Larry Dahlberg, Gary Loomis, Ed Jaworowski, Bob Clouser, Flip Pallot, Blane Chocklett, Rob Fordyce, Nick Curcione, Jake Jordan, Bob Popovics, Wanda Taylor, Gary Dubiel, and Jason Randall as a TFO National Advisor.

Rick Pope, Founder and Chairman said, “Bruce offers a rare combination as one of the top fly casters and instructors in the world, as well as an expert in the design and manufacturing of fly lines. He is the perfect partner to demystify for our anglers the mess in fly line weights.”

Named “Angler of the Year” by Fly Rod & Reel magazine, Bruce began his career with Scientific Anglers four decades ago. During that time he served on the Board of Governors of the Federation of Fly Fishers, the board of American Fly Fishing Trade Association, and the board of the Madison River Foundation. He is the author of Modern Fly Lines and has written numerous magazine articles on fly fishing, casting, and the materials, design and manufacturing of fly lines. However, his passion to this day continues to be fly fishing education having taught it for over 30 years. Teaching and fishing have taken him to Europe, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, South and Central America, the Bahamas, and most American states. Intent on growing the number of fly anglers, Bruce is fishing, writing and teaching in Montana.

About Temple Fork Outfitters (TFO):

TFO assembled the world’s most accomplished, crafty anglers to design a complete line of fishing rods priced to bring more anglers into the sport. Because we believe that anyone who has the fishing bug as bad as we do deserves the highest performance equipment available to take their game to the next level. And in our experience, when we get people connecting with fish, they connect with nature. And they join us in our mission of keeping our rivers, streams, and oceans in good shape for the next generation. There’s a new breed of anglers out there. They’re smart. They’re passionate. They’re socially conscious. And they’re fishing Temple Fork.

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Drift Rod Press Release

TFO Proudly Introduces the Drift — the Definitive Nymph Fly Rod

Fly anglers have evolved nymph fishing to a level requiring a rod uniquely able to meet the competitive demands of tight-line tactics such as Czech, Polish and French styles. In response, TFO Advisor Jason Randall designed the Drift – engineered to be the definitive nymph fly rod by combining a perfectly balanced light-to-the-hand feel with ultra-sensitivity and brilliant situational versatility.

Through the combination of TFO technology and angler-driven design, the Drift is light in overall weight, fast dampening and well balanced. The Drift matches extremely high-modulus carbon fiber blank construction with a down-locking reel seat and a removable weighted and tunable fighting butt. The tip is ultra-sensitive allowing anglers to distinguish between a subtle take and a bottom tick with a soft tipped action that protects the very light tippets needed to sustain a competitive drift while remaining invisible. Presentation is key to successful tight-line nymph fishing and rod length can be critical to keeping multiple flies in the strike zone. For this reason, the Drift can be fished as a traditional 9’ 4-piece 3-weight, or effortlessly converts to 10’, 11’ 3” or, amazingly, 12’ 3”. And patented stripping guides allow the Drift to be lengthened by one or more additional sections without ever unstringing line, leader or flies. Rod length can be changed on the water in a matter of seconds and the rod perfectly presents leader-only tuck casts with accuracy and ease – at any rod length. The Drift also accommodates a 3” lower cork grip that replaces the weighted fighting butt – perfect for the new micro spey lines and techniques.

Designed as the definitive nymph fly fishing rod, the Drift (TFO 390-6D) remains true to TFO’s commitment of delivering superior performance at an attractive price. The rod, including a full set of rod and butt section options, comes packaged in an aluminum rectangular rod case and retails for $399.95.

https://tforods.com/drift-fly-rods/

About Temple Fork Outfitters (TFO):

TFO assembled the world’s most accomplished, crafty anglers to design a complete line of fishing rods priced to bring more anglers into the sport. Because we believe that anyone who has the fishing bug as bad as we do deserves the highest performance equipment available to take their game to the next level. And in our experience, when we get people connecting with fish, they connect with nature. And they join us in our mission of keeping our rivers, streams, and oceans in good shape for the next generation. There’s a new breed of anglers out there. They’re smart. They’re passionate. They’re socially conscious. And they’re fishing Temple Fork.

Temple Fork Outfitters
Dallas, TX 75247

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Download a PDF version of this press release here.

Jason Randall

Jason Randall Joins the TFO National Advisory Staff

Temple Fork Outfitters is excited to announce Jason Randall has joined fly fishing luminaries Lefty Kreh, Ed Jaworowski, Bob Clouser, Flip Pallot, Blane Chocklett, Jake Jordan, Nick Curcione, Wanda Taylor and Bob Popovics as a TFO National Advisor.

Rick Pope, Founder and Chairman said, “Jason epitomizes a life-long commitment to sharing his vast knowledge welcoming new anglers to this great sport, while captivating us with his deep insights into trout behavior.”

Jason has been an outdoor writer for the last twelve years with feature articles appearing regularly in American Angler, as well as Fly Fisherman, Eastern Fly Fishing, Northwest Fly Fishing and many other outdoor magazines. His trout fishing trilogy: ‘Moving Water: A Fly Fisher’s Guide to Currents’; ‘Feeding Time: A Fly Fisher’s Guide to What, Where and When Trout Eat’; and ‘Trout Sense: A Fly Fisher’s Guide to What Trout See, Hear and Smell’ reveal the depth of his passion and knowledge of the subject. Most recently he shared his secrets in Nymph Masters: Fly Fishing Secrets from Expert Anglers. Jason is also a sought-after fly fishing presenter and annually appears through North America sharing his passion and experience. He is a veterinarian certified in fish health and medicine; and a member of the World Aquatic Veterinary Medical Association and the Society for Freshwater Science. A native Midwesterner, Jason and Jo, his wife, live on a small farm in Northern Illinois.

About Temple Fork Outfitters (TFO):

TFO assembled the world’s most accomplished, crafty anglers to design a complete line of fishing rods priced to bring more anglers into the sport. Because we believe that anyone who has the fishing bug as bad as we do deserves the highest performance equipment available to take their game to the next level. And in our experience, when we get people connecting with fish, they connect with nature. And they join us in our mission of keeping our rivers, streams, and oceans in good shape for the next generation. There’s a new breed of anglers out there. They’re smart. They’re passionate. They’re socially conscious. And they’re fishing Temple Fork.

Temple Fork Outfitters
Dallas, TX 75247

facebook.com/templeforkoutfitters
instagram.com/templeforkoutfitters
twitter.com/tforods

Download a PDF version of this press release here.