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pineman19
07-05-2010, 12:23 PM
Hello,

Does anyone have experience with building and fishing the "Tiger Eye" blanks made an sold by Sevier Manufacturing? I am interested in building a multi pc. pack rod 7 1/2 to 8' long, 3/4 weight for fishing headwater streams in the Smokies and other mountain streams. I am curious about the action of these blanks. Site says they are medium-fast in action. I like a softer action for fishing mountain streams, will be primarly fishing dries or small nymphs. Stiffer actions just don't suit my style for this type of fishing.

I would appreciate any input that you're willing to provide.

Thanks,

Neal

jeffnles1
07-05-2010, 05:36 PM
I picked up a rod for my son made on a Tiger Eye blank. He really likes it.



His is an 8'6" (either that or a 9' can't remember) 4/5 weight. This particular blank is a very nice medium action rod (not too fast, not too slow). The blank color is a very attractive root bear color (it has maroon wraps with silver accents).

It is a really nice casting and attractive rod.

I know it's not the specific blank you're looking at but at least it'll give some insight to the one we have.


I'm happy with it and would gladly buy another.

Jeff

pineman19
07-05-2010, 05:53 PM
Jeff,

Thanks for the input on the action of the rod, really huge for me. Than can be a lot of difference in moderate-fast graded rods IMO. I don't care for noodle rods, a little backbone is nice, but faster (stiffer) action rods don't feel or work for me on the mountain steams. I'll probably buy one or two 4 pc blanks and build them during the winter to keep the cabin fever at bay:cool:

Neal

jeffnles1
07-05-2010, 06:56 PM
Jeff,

Thanks for the input on the action of the rod, really huge for me. Than can be a lot of difference in moderate-fast graded rods IMO. I don't care for noodle rods, a little backbone is nice, but faster (stiffer) action rods don't feel or work for me on the mountain steams. I'll probably buy one or two 4 pc blanks and build them during the winter to keep the cabin fever at bay:cool:

Neal

Pineman,
I have a Winston BIIt and 2 Scott G2 rods. If you're familiar with their actions I will try to compare it to them.

Out at the tip, the Tiger Eye is similar to the Winston but the Winston is a little stiffer from about 2/3 way back to the butt. I would say the Winston has a little more backbone but the last 2/3 of the actions are pretty similar (the Tiger Eye may be just a bit softer)

When compared to the Scott G2, I think it's a little softer all the way through than the Scott, but not by much. The Scott rods I have (a 9' 5wt and an 8'4" 3wt) are what I would call medium fast and a little more "crisp".

Pineman, it's hard for me to find the right words to describe a fly rod action. I'm not like these guys in the magazines that can say "smooth like the touch of silk upon the delicate edge of a bar of solid milk chocolate" or some such nonsense.:smile:

I guess what I would say is the Tiger Eye balnk my son has compares favorably to the other rods I have of similar size and fly line weight and it sure is a pretty rod.

I have a Cabela's Traditional I rod in 8'6" 5wt and the Tiger Eye is similar but I would say the Cabela's rod is a little more "sloppy" (The cabela's rod "wiggles" a little more at the end of the cast where the Tiger Eye more just stops and "wiggles" very little).

Anyway, I know I'm no creative writer able to create vivid images with words but I hope this has been helpful for you.

I did hear from a rod builder friend a month or so back that several of the 4 piece Tiger Eye blanks were on back order from the manufacturer. Not sure if that is still the case as it was about a month or so back when I was talking with him.

Jeff

Jeff

pineman19
07-06-2010, 08:55 AM
Jeff,

Thanks again for the input on the action of the Tiger Eye blanks. I have used the rods you mentioned, but I have read opinions about their actions and pros and cons of using them in different situations. I think I'll get a couple Tiger Eye blanks and build them over the winter. I'll let you know how it works out.

Neal

Knothead
07-08-2010, 03:04 PM
I have a 6 ft, 2 wt. I built for the Smokies and other small streams. Love it! Has the best action of all my fly rods and throws the tightest loops.

http://www.hiwasseecustomrods.com

pineman19
07-08-2010, 03:18 PM
Knothead,

Thanks for the input. The price for the blanks is very reasonable if it's a quality blank. I'll give them a shot. I haven't built a rod in a couple of years. Took a little break, was accumulating too many rods. My builds aren't perfect, but they are serviceable and look pretty decent. I really enjoy catching fish on a rod that I have built, plus it's nice to personalize them in different ways.

Neal

Knothead
07-08-2010, 03:38 PM
pineman19, you can never have too many rods!

pineman19
07-08-2010, 05:34 PM
Knothead,

Sooooo true. I sold some rods last year, kept the ones I have built, need to replenish my stock:biggrin:

Mundele
07-08-2010, 07:21 PM
i built a rod for a friend (Crockett on this forum) using a Tiger Eye blank (the 3/4 wt 8.5 ft one) and he seems to like it but doesn't fish it much. Afraid he'll scratch it I think.

I've got another identical blank that I need to build up sometime, that or sell.

--matt

pineman19
07-08-2010, 07:37 PM
Matt,

Would you say the 3/4 blanks are closer to 3 or 4 weight rating? Same for the 4/5 weight blanks.

Thanks, Neal

jeffnles1
07-08-2010, 08:12 PM
Don't know about the 3/4 blanks. My son's is a 4/5 and it does quite nice with 5wt Rio line. It may be a bit "faster" rod with 4 wt, but it's really a nice caster with 5wt.

Jeff

Mundele
07-09-2010, 11:31 AM
I casted the 3/4 with a 4 wt line and it was nice. I prefer a slightly slower rod though. It'll naturally be faster with a 3 wt. I'd use a 4wt with it (but I have a couple of reels already loaded with 4wt line though)

--Matt

salvelinus
09-22-2010, 02:06 PM
I know this thread is old, but I have built a few of the 7'6" tiger eye blanks and they are one of my favorites for the smokies. I would consider them a moderate action, which I like.

pineman19
09-24-2010, 03:19 PM
Sounds good Salvelinus. I think I'll build a 4pc, 8', 4 weight this winter. Tried to order a few months back, but he didn't have them in stock.

Neal

5xtippett
02-15-2012, 12:49 PM
I just saw this thread the other day. I have been fishing TFOs for a good many years. I just might get a rod built sometime. How would a Tiger Eye 4/5 weight compare? I do not make very long casts as a general rule. I have my comfort zone where I can put it where I want it and where I can get a good hook set. If a fish is further than my comfort zone where I can't get a good hook set I sneak up to where I can. Also, are there any advantages to a 4 piece over a 2 piece other than traveling? Thanks for any help.

Knothead
02-16-2012, 03:31 PM
5X, I don't have much experience with the TFO rods. I have cast a couple at a shop a while back and they are nice. I know several builders who build a lot of TE rods. I have not heard anything bad about them. I'm considering one for a quote for a customer.
4 pc. vs 2 pc.- I have heard it said it takes an expert to tell the difference in action. Personally, I really don't think there would be a lot of difference.

5xtippett
02-16-2012, 11:18 PM
Knothead, I appreciate your response. I found out that I have a friend who has made a couple of rods out of the blanks and he is going to let me cast them this weekend. I'll find out then whether I like them or not.

Knothead
02-17-2012, 10:39 AM
5X, my rod is rated for 2/3 but the 2 wt. line, as I said, casts beautifully. Don't have the funds or inventory of lines to compare the two lines. I'm tickled with the 2 wt. DT. I tend to underline now to get the stiffer action. Underlined a 4/5 wt. with 4 wt.- Fished it a couple of weeks ago. Love it!

5xtippett
02-21-2012, 12:56 PM
I fished a friend's 4/5 wt 8 ft 4 piece last Saturday and loved it. Now I am trying to decide whether to get the 2 piece or 4. Also, who do you suggest I get it from?

tnflyfisher
02-21-2012, 01:55 PM
I just saw this thread the other day. I have been fishing TFOs for a good many years. I just might get a rod built sometime. How would a Tiger Eye 4/5 weight compare?

Depends on what TFO you are talking about... I would suspect that the TE blank would be a tad faster with more oomph than say the finesse series. Like others have mentioned, that 7'6" 3wt/4wt seems to be a very popular blank among small stream anglers but looks like you are set on the 5wt. As to multi piece rods, just take a look at today's rods and see how many are 4pc. I see so many of the "classics" now being sold on ebay and most of the time it's because they are all 2pc.

Not trying to steer you away from a custom rod but the TFO warranty is great for those rod malfunctions that happen from time to time when fishing the mountains. It would be very easy to get your hands on a 7'9" 4wt. or 5wt. finesse at LRO and give them a cast, if you haven't already done so. I own both and the 4wt. makes a great, light, sensitive dry fly rod. The 5wt. definitely has a tad bit more guts than the 4wt. but is still smooth. I have caught everything from 5" brookies to a 23" brown on this rod. When I really want to slow things down and I'm in the mood for a full flex kind of day... I fish dries on the 4wt. with the 5wt. line. I only get in a few casts in a whole afternoon of fishing... :biggrin:

Tight Lines,

5xtippett
02-24-2012, 01:22 PM
I took your advice Knothead, and ordered the blank you suggested from Mudhole. Thanks and take care.