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TFO Finesse TF 02 73 4F
 

Score 3.35

 

7' 3", 4-Piece, MSRP $179.95, AA  63, ERN  2.97

 

 

TFO Finesse 732-4 Paul Jeremy Jim Joe Composite Score
           
1.)  Rod Tube, Sock and Presentation 1 1 1 2 1.25
2.)  Grip and Reel Seat 3 3 4 3 3.25
3.)  Hook Keeper, Label and Rod Markings 3 4 3 4 3.5
4.)  Guides, Ferrules and Tip-Top 3 4 4 3 3.5
5.)  Short Distance Casting 4 3 4 4 3.75
6.)  Medium and Long Distance Casting 4 4 4 4 4
7.)  Roll Casting 3 3 3 3 3
8.)  Accuracy and Delicacy of Fly Delivery 4 4 4 4 4
9.)  Fish Handling 3 4 3 4 3.5
10.)  Reviewer's Prerogative 4 4 4 3 3.75
           
Composite Score 3.20 3.40 3.40 3.40 3.35

 

Jim Stuard's Comments:  Definitely my favorites from TFO, and a true 2wt. Itís the right mix of touch and power that you need in a rod. Itís the best looking of the TFO rods but thatís not saying much. These rods are all go, no show. Theyíre like that 74í Nova that pulls up next to a Beemer at a stop light with no fanfare. Little does anybody know that thereís a big block with Nitrous under the hood. Not in my top rods but definitely up there. I enjoyed fishing it. Lack of a tube takes points from what is an otherwise very fishable rod.

 

Joe Cornwall's Comments:  This is a solid performer, but just not my cup of tea.  Is it okay to say "It's me, not you"?  Fit and finish are acceptable but pedestrian and uninspired in my eye.  The rod action and performance are rock solid in all aspects and there's no doubt in my mind that this is a quality product that will last a lifetime.  But, like the Toyota Camry, is just didn't present any "soul" in its technically competent role as a useful tool.  I respect this rod and can't fault it for doing exactly the job for which its designed, but in the end I just didn't connect with it in a "covetous" way.  A solid recommendation if the price is in your range and the shop you patronize provides you with good service.  Good balance with the BP UL reel.

 

Jeremy Kurtz's Comments: This rod is pretty nice. The blank is a pleasant green color as are the wraps. The guides appear to be Titanium plated which is a nice touch. The cork is what I would consider Super grade, and the reel seat has a rosewood insert.   This rod casts well in close, yet can reach out to 40 feet if needed. This rod is a mid flex, and it has good feel with a fish on. It should be able to handle the occasional large fish as well. As with the other TFO rods in the shoot out, the rod taper isn't as refined as say the St.Croix, but it is a decent rod for the money.  This rod doesn't come with a rod tube.

 

Paul Feldman's Comments: This rod also has no rod case. The grip seems higher quality than on the other Temple Forks, and the reel seat is an attractive red wood spacer with gunmetal gray up locking hardware. This is a really nice rod, and the clear winner among the three Temple Fork rods. Itís a med action rod and was very pleasant for close in, accurate casts. It has enough body to handle a longer line and did most everything well. I liked this rod.

 

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