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The Axiom II Switch Steals the Show

As a college athlete, Nicholas Conklin celebrated the joy of victory. Nearly a half dozen years later, he realized of one of the fundamental tenets of human nature.

Winning never gets old.

It still feels good, regardless of the stage. It doesn’t matter whether you play lacrosse or whether you market fly rods.

So it was nearly two weeks ago at 2018 ICAST, when Conklin heard the announcement that the Axiom II Switch, the rod that Conklin helped design and now promotes, won best-in-show honors for 2-handed/Spey rods at IFTD (International Fly Tackle Dealer), one of the premier fly-fishing trade shows.

“There’s definitely a lot of satisfaction, a lot of happiness with the award,” Conklin, TFO’s director of two-handed fly rods, said. “Awards are awards, right? It’s good because now people will be talking about TFO more.”

Moments before the IFTD awards were announced, Conklin paced the Orlando (Fla.) Orange County Convention Center floor in anticipation. When he heard the news, he could barely compose himself enough to text the good news to fellow TFO coworkers back in Dallas.

“It far surpasses anything that I did athletically or professionally,” Conklin said. “It means a lot more because there are so many people here at TFO that are passionate about the company and the sport. Their passion helped me get to this point.  It’s important to so many other people.”

The honor was the second this summer for the Axiom II Switch, which also won best new product (in the fly rod category) honors at EFTTEX (European Fishing Tackle Trade Exhibition) last month in Amsterdam.

“It’s definitely rewarding to get some outside attention,” Conklin said. “Both (the EFTTEX) and IFTD are rewarding. We’ve recently made an effort to better understand our international distributors’ needs and how to better orient our products to their markets. It definitely gives us a leg up going into 2019, (at EFTTEX).”

The ICAST/IFTD win was the first time in Temple Fork Outfitters’ history that a TFO rod received best-in-show recognition.

“We’ve won awards for a reel before, not a rod,” Conklin said. “Awards from both (EFTTEX) and (IFTD) have their place. Both are very exciting. It’s hard to put one over the other.”

Awards are gratifying, but the opinions that count the most come from the anglers who cast the rods, and the feedback, Conklin said, has been flattering.

“There’s been a lot of excitement,” Conklin said. “We’ve had success with the Deer Creek series. People were waiting for something new. We’ve had a lot of positive comments, just because of what it can do.”

The Axiom II Switch’s appeal is its versatility. You can throw lead, fish with an indicator or swing flies — and do so efficiently.

“The rod’s ability to cast different variations of weight has really excited people,” Conklin said. “It’s something new and exciting. That’s always big. The ability to do several different things with it lets people start to understand where they can put a two-handed rod in their arsenal. They certainly understand the different benefits of it in areas that they’re fishing.”

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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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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Download a PDF version of this press release here.

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

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

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.