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ruggerfly
04-26-2013, 09:47 PM
Just looking for opinions about TFO BVK & Professional 8-9 wt rods (8--9 ft). I typically like a more medium action rod, but I am willing to listen to all opinions (I'll cast before buying--I'll use it for salmon, striper, & reds). Price is not a big factor (so if there is another brand you really like, then list it). Just wanting a new rod for larger fish.

Sterling

Grumpy
04-26-2013, 10:32 PM
The TiCrX might be a better rod for salmon over the two you've mentioned, rated for lifting power.

Grumpy

David Knapp
04-26-2013, 10:47 PM
I'll second Grumpy's suggestion. I use a TiCrX 7 weight and love it. I've cast the BVK though and really like it as well...

ruggerfly
04-26-2013, 10:48 PM
Thanks Grumpy. I'll take a look at the TiCRX. Only misgiving on it was that is more fast action.

ruggerfly
04-26-2013, 10:55 PM
How does the TiCRX handle larger streamers/weighted flies?

Grumpy
04-27-2013, 06:51 AM
How does the TiCRX handle larger streamers/weighted flies?

Several years back, i was fortunate enough to take 2 high end fly rods out Striper fishing & an X.
Throwing a sink tip & larger flies, i was totally surprised to find the X out performed the high $$ rods, at least in my hands, mileage may vary as they say.

Grumpy

ruggerfly
04-27-2013, 08:05 AM
Thanks for the info Grumpy & David!

David Knapp
04-27-2013, 07:12 PM
Ruggerfly, I have thrown heavily weighted streamers for trout, stripers, and musky on the 7 weight TiCrX and it did great for all species. Here's a striper I landed on it...

http://i283.photobucket.com/albums/kk311/drknapp83/IMG_7934.jpg

flyred06
04-28-2013, 02:29 PM
I use the professional 2 in a 7 and 9 wt for salt water striper and any other larger fish. I love those rods. The only rods I like more is the sage one rods but they are 5 times the price but I feel 5 times the rod also. But the professional rods are great rods for the price. The bvk has a lifting weakness. I know a guy who had a bvk replaced 6 times for breaking. One of those times was just lawn casting

stevee71
04-28-2013, 07:37 PM
I bought a TFO Proffesional recently and love it.

No Hackle
04-29-2013, 04:20 PM
I have a professional 9ft 6wght and use it for all my smallmouth and fall fishing. It was the only rod I used on my last trip to Yellowstone also. It is a good all around rod. I also wouldnt think twice for saltwater reds and trout on a less windy day.
Lynn

Fgsnyder
04-29-2013, 08:43 PM
I have a 9 ft. 8 wt. BVK with a Lamson Litespeed 3.5 that I've fished for Steelhead with. Its a great Rod and combo! An 8 wt. might you give you more versatility than a 7 wt.? Just my 2 cents worth! Good luck!

ruggerfly
04-29-2013, 09:08 PM
Thanks for the info everyone. Anybody who whats to fish in central AL (Lake Martin area, North of Montgomery), I'll take you out on my 22 ft center console. Also if you want any info on salmon/steelhead fishing in western Washington, just let me know.

Sterling
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Stonefly
04-30-2013, 01:00 PM
[QUOTE=ruggerfly;105916] Also if you want any info on salmon/steelhead fishing in western Washington, just let me know.

I'd love to see some posts on fishing in Washington, ideally with photos!

steve

The Principal
04-30-2013, 09:24 PM
The TiCrx TFO are great rods . I have used them from Alabama to Alaska. Cought lots of Salmon and Bass with them. Through heavy flies very well.

ruggerfly
04-30-2013, 10:07 PM
I have been lazy about posting, so here are photos from my trip to Washington in September last year (king & silver salmon). Pics are worth a thousand words.

http://i1350.photobucket.com/albums/p769/brothsa/0923121250_zpsc3634f8d.jpg (http://s1350.photobucket.com/user/brothsa/media/0923121250_zpsc3634f8d.jpg.html)
http://i1350.photobucket.com/albums/p769/brothsa/0919111759a_zps58c43895.jpg (http://s1350.photobucket.com/user/brothsa/media/0919111759a_zps58c43895.jpg.html)
http://i1350.photobucket.com/albums/p769/brothsa/0925121637_zpsc7b6927d.jpg (http://s1350.photobucket.com/user/brothsa/media/0925121637_zpsc7b6927d.jpg.html)
http://i1350.photobucket.com/albums/p769/brothsa/0923121403_zpsefdad30c.jpg (http://s1350.photobucket.com/user/brothsa/media/0923121403_zpsefdad30c.jpg.html)
http://i1350.photobucket.com/albums/p769/brothsa/0920121651_zpsec4abdce.jpg (http://s1350.photobucket.com/user/brothsa/media/0920121651_zpsec4abdce.jpg.html)
http://i1350.photobucket.com/albums/p769/brothsa/0919111705_zps7b2a482d.jpg (http://s1350.photobucket.com/user/brothsa/media/0919111705_zps7b2a482d.jpg.html)

flyred06
05-01-2013, 08:55 AM
Very nice fish. The professional series rods would be a lot of fun with fish that size. Still if money doesn't matter look hard at the sage 1 rod in a 7 or 8 wt. That's going to be my next purchase probably.

tnflyfisher
05-02-2013, 05:24 PM
Just looking for opinions about TFO BVK & Professional 8-9 wt rods (8--9 ft). I typically like a more medium action rod, but I am willing to listen to all opinions (I'll cast before buying--I'll use it for salmon, striper, & reds). Price is not a big factor (so if there is another brand you really like, then list it). Just wanting a new rod for larger fish.
Sterling

I will start by saying that I like TFO rods and actually own several. However, I would not recommend either rod you mentioned for chasing species like salmon and stripers. As others have suggested, the TiCrX is a much better option although it can get rather heavy in an 8wt or 9wt. I was actually just talking with Rick Pope this weekend and he was showing me the new Mangrove series rods. The 8wt is really light and built with the same TiCrX toughness. I'd describe it as a faster medium flex/almost full tip flex. It sure can lay out some line though. Would be great for reds as well! Might want to have a look...

Now, my salmon rod of choice that can deal with whatever punishment you throw at it, is the Echo Ion. I fully endorse this rod when chasing fish that are known for their rod breaking power like salmon, stripers and tarpon. Might really want to have a look at one of these... ;)


Tight Lines,

flyred06
05-03-2013, 09:19 AM
I just purchased a Thomas and Thomas 7 wt helix that is very sweet. First cast with it put backing through every guide. Beautiful looks and design and cast like a dream. Just another thought you might want to look into