Temple Fork Outfitters (TFO) is one of the most interesting manufacturers in the fly rod business these days. This Texas based company was one of the first to introduce a line of truly affordable rods that were both great to cast and sturdy enough to handle the harsh saltwater environment. Their smartest move however was teaming up with fly fishing legend Lefty Kreh and giving him a free hand to design many of their products. Thanks to Lefty and TFO, the world finally had a $99 fly rod that was actually capable of going tarpon fishing.
Last year TFO unveiled their new BVK series for both fresh and saltwater and this one is a real game changer. Priced at just $249 for the 7 through 10 weights, these four piece rods cast as well or better than almost anything their competition makes at twice, or in some cases triple, the price. A couple months ago I picked one up for the first time and easily cast the entire 100 foot fly line. This was really amazing since it was such a light rod, a 3.1 ounce 7-wt, and I don't consider myself a long distance caster. If I didn't know the rod's price to begin with, I would have guessed that TFO was charging at least $500 for it. The 7-wt BVK is the perfect outfit for working the local grass flats for sea trout around Pine Island.
And I'm not writing this just to shill for TFO because they're giving me a deal on anything. I've actually been on Sage's guide program for the last 15 years and every fly rod I own has their name written on it, but that's about to change. One of those little BVK 7-wts will be my new trout and baby tarpon rod very soon. If you're in the area you can pick up a new BVK or one of several different TFO rods and reels at Florida Paddlesports.