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Like We Never Left – The Return to ICAST

We can all agree that 2020 was a tough year. Between many places being shut down and inventory issues brought on by unprecedented demand, it was (and in some cases still) a mess. Not being able to attend fishing shows was one of the many aspects that we (and others) missed about 2020. Needless to say, the return of ICAST last week was a blessing and a long overdue meeting of friends and family, ambassadors, pro staff anglers, and more – both new and old.

Photo: Tom Wetherington

Over the last week, we saw hundreds of familiar and new faces at Booth 3420 at the Orange County Convention Center (OCCC), many of which were eager to see and feel both the new conventional gear and new fly products. Since ICAST didn’t take place in 2020 (or hardly any fishing shows last year), many people were excited to see last year’s additions: Tactical Glass Bass, Tactical Surf, Seahunter Live Bait addition, Tactical Elite Bass additions) — as well as last year’s fly category additions: LK Legacy, Blue Ribbon, Stealth.

The newly redesigned Professional series. // Photo: Tom Wetherington
The newly redesigned Tactical Inshore series. // Photo: Tom Wetherington
The Tactical Surf – a new addition from last year. // Photo: Tom Wetherington
A favorite for ultra light anglers – the Trout-Panfish series added two new models this year. // Photo: Tom Wetherington
The Tactical Elite Bass series. // Photo: Tom Wetherington

For those unfamiliar with the changes in ICAST and IFTD (International Fly Tackle Dealer), the shows are now happening at different times of year – ICAST in July, and IFTD now taking place in October. Historically, both shows happened at the same time – which was ALOT to take in, but great for those wanting to get the most of both worlds. Needless to say, even though ICAST is now more focused on the conventional side of fishing, we still had a TON of people stop by the TFO booth to check out our fly gear, and make trips to the casting pond to try out the new Mangrove Coast and BC Big Fly, as well as some familiar favorites like the Axiom ll-X. While the fly stuff was getting plenty of love, there was a lot of attention aimed at the newly redesigned Professional and Tactical Inshore series, as well as the new Tactical Elite Bass swimbait models.

The all new Mangrove Coast and BC Big Fly – two new additions to TFO for 2022. // Photo: Tom Wetherington
The all new NTR reel in black/gold new to TFO for 2022. // Photo: Tom Wetherington
The all new NTR reel in clear/gold new to TFO for 2022. // Photo: Tom Wetherington
Checking out the new Tactical Elite Bass swimbait models. // Photo: Tom Wetherington
The Mangrove Coast and NTR set up got a lot of test drives on the Casting Pond at ICAST this year. // Photo: Tom Wetherington

We were able to film a few videos with TFO Ambassadors Rob Fordyce, Joey Nania, and Jonathan Moss going over some of the new stuff, as well as some classics.

Our good friends at Tackle Warehouse stopped by for a bit to interview Joey Nania, and go over some of the new Tactical Elite additions. Check out those videos below.

Temple Fork Outfitters TFO Tactical Elite Swimbait Rods with Joey Nania | First Look 2021

New Temple Fork Outfitters Tactical Elite Spinning Rod 7’6″ Med Lt w Joey Nania | First Look 2021

Temple Fork Outfitters TFO Tactical Bass and Tactical Elite Comparison | First Look 2021

Be on the lookout for more content from ICAST. We had several friends and dealers stop by to shoot some content on the new conventional gear, and we can’t wait to share them on our socials as they become available.

We’re already getting ready for IFTD at Salt Palace in Salt Lake City, Utah on October 20-22, 2021. For those planning on attending IFTD, we hope to see you there, and for those not able to attend, be sure to follow along on our social media pages to stay in the know.

2021 Show Schedule

2020 is finally the in the rear view mirror, and we are looking forward to hopefully seeing you all at some fishing shows in 2021. Although we don’t have much on the calendar as of now, stay tuned for more updates. If you are not able to attend a show in your area (or if a show has been cancelled), please remember to support your local TFO Dealer and remember to follow our social media accounts or register to become a recipient of our TFO email newsletter (Sign-up on our home page) to stay in the know about new show additions and all things TFO. For any questions or comments, please feel free to reach out via our social media pages, or send an email to info@tforods.com! Stay safe, keep fishing, and we hope to see you soon!

July

July 20-23

ICAST

Orlando, Fla.

October

October 20-22

IFTD – International Fly Tackle Dealer

Denver, CO

 

It’s Time for ICAST 2018

It’s the second week of July. ICAST 2018 is here, and Temple Fork Outfitters will be among the vendors at the world’s largest sportfishing tradeshow.

TFO has participated in ICAST since the 1990s, an annual event the company looks forward to every summer.

“ICAST is an opportunity for TFO to identify industry trends, to evaluate response to our new offerings and to socialize with our many dealer and industry friends,” TFO Chairman Rick Pope said. “We expect to leave the show with clearer expectations for TFO business through 2019. This is the 24th year that TFO has participated in ICAST, and each year we’ve welcomed the opportunity to showcase our products and meet with our distributors and customers.”

The four-day, Orlando, Fla. affair allows companies in the fishing industry to personalize their products while meeting a wide-range of anglers, from those who design the gear to those who run the companies. All share the same passion for the outdoors.

“While it’s true that ICAST is the perfect annual opportunity to spend time with old friends and business partners, as well as to cement new relationships, for me there’s nothing better than meeting folks attending for the first time,” TFO CEO Frank-Paul King said. “The combination of joy and bewilderment they feel is the perfect chance to talk about the size and breadth of the fishing industry and the role we all play in ensuring great fisheries for generations to come.”

Feel free to stop by the TFO booth. You can try out rods and talk to members of our advisory staff.

Our hottest new product is the Axiom II Switch rod, which recently was recognized as the best new product in the fly rod category at the EFTTEX (European Fishing Tackle Trade Exhibition) show earlier this summer in Amsterdam. The AII casts like a dream. Try it for yourself at the ICAST casting pond!

Other new TFO products worth a look ae the Pro II two-handed series, the Finesse Trout Glass fly rods, the Bluewater SG fly rods, the Seahunter spinning/casting series and the TFO Inshore spinning/casting series. TFO advisors Wanda Taylor, Ed Jaworowski, Jake Jordan and Rob Fordyce helped design a few of these products. Other TFO advisory staff expected to stop by ICAST are Flip Pallot, Bob Clouser, Larry Dahlberg, Nick Curcione, Rod Harrison, Gary Loomis, Cliff Pace, Gary Dubiel and Blane Chocklett.

All are scheduled to be at the TFO booth and available to provide additional information and insight on TFO products.