Monday, August 23, 2010

The Temple Fork Signature Series Fly Rod

 I just added another fly rod to my arsenal. I have been thinking about what a 4 Wt. 8 ½ ft. would give me since catching some of the smaller bows on the Caney. I was using my 5 Wt at the time and discovered that I was getting too much overkill, especially when you are culling 9 and 10” stocker trout. Most of the time I could just pluck the fish out of the water with little effort. I know in the summer with the warmer water you can overplay the fish. I was looking for that rod that would give me the best of both situations, a little enjoyment in landing the fish and at the same time let the fish swim away healthy.
 I have the rod in Temple Forks 4 Wt. Signature Series. This rod for me is the  perfect fit for the fish I am pursuing. It has the backbone to land a larger fish if the occasion arises and yet it has the finesses to play the fish and let it live to fight another day. With its fast taper it is effortless for me to lay out line distance if there is a need to reach that certain far away spot. I like the two piece version over the 4 piece because I just think I can get a little better feel with a two piece as opposed to the four. Maybe that is just me and I know some swear by the 4 piece, but that is my own personal opinion. With this rod addition I have managed to keep all of them in sequence starting with my 3 Wt TP 7 ½ ft. then the new addition 4 Wt. 8 ½ ft. TF and last my retirement gift the 4 pc. Redington 8 ½ ft. ---so I am counting at 3, 4 and 5---and you never say never but could there be a 2 Wt or 6 Wt, in the future????

10 comments:

Colorado Angler said...

I'm a TFO convert - outstanding rods.

Bigerrfish said...

Nice choice I think this will fit you well

Dennis said...

Good luck with it Bill!!

Bill Trussell said...

Dennis
One of the things I didn't mention in the post was the price. I actually got the rod on the net for 40.00 cheaper, along with 2 doz. free flies of my choice. Not bad for a guy who is on a fixed income. Thanks for the comment.

Bill Trussell said...

Bigerrfish
I am going to give it a try at daylight in the morning on some of the spots at the lake. My buddy and I are going to using large poppers, so the 4 Wt. should get a work out. Thanks for the comment.

Bill Trussell said...

Colorado
I agree the quality and the price is outstanding. Thanks for the comment

Will K said...

I just upgraded my backup rod to this (but in the 3); it has the feel of my Finesse much more than the Pro series. I have good feelings about this rod, and who doesnt love the warranty??

I think you'll like it!

Bill Trussell said...

Hi Will
I have the 3Wt Temple Fork Signature and really like the rod for close quarters, as stated in my post I got the 4Wt, to give me a little more power on the lake I fish. Read my latest post and you see why I went with the 4wt. I agree you can't beat the warranty. I don't think I will ever buy any other brand. They are outstanding rods. Thanks for the commet

Will K said...

Totally agree with your rationale. I am currently fishing with a gap of 3wt all the way to an 8wt glass rod. I think the reason people fish sub-5 rods can get pretty controversial, especially when words like "conservation" and "lactic acidosis" start being thrown around. I think sub-5 rods are less the culprit of bad-conservation than are bad fishermen. Glad you're not scared to go light!

How much of a difference have you noticed between the 3 and 4? Just curious...

Bill Trussell said...

Hi Will
The big difference is the distance. I was having to work to hard to get distance at times with the 3wt. The 4wt gives me the distance and a little more power to land that bigger fish if the need arises. The 4wt. in the 2 pc. gives me a better feel. The 3wt has that lighter touch as opposed to the 4. I use the 3 wt in ponds and sometime on the Caney Fork for some of the smaller brook trout. It fits the bill for close casting and the lightness of the rod allows you fish a longer day. I am completely sold on Temple Fork rods not only for the quality but the fantastic warranty--for life.