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TFO Left Kreh Signature TFO 02 60 2
 

Score  3.10

 

6', 2-Piece, MSRP $109.95, AA  65, ERN  2.67

 

 

 

TFO Signature Series 602 Paul Jeremy Jim Joe Composite Score
           
1.)  Rod Tube, Sock and Presentation 1 2 1 1 1.25
2.)  Grip and Reel Seat 3 2 3 3 2.75
3.)  Hook Keeper, Label and Rod Markings 3 4 3 3 3.25
4.)  Guides, Ferrules and Tip-Top 3 3 3 3 3
5.)  Short Distance Casting 3 3 4 3 3.25
6.)  Medium and Long Distance Casting 3 5 3 4 3.75
7.)  Roll Casting 2 4 3 3 3
8.)  Accuracy and Delicacy of Fly Delivery 3 4 4 4 3.75
9.)  Fish Handling 3 5 4 4 4
10.)  Reviewer's Perogative 3 3 3 3 3
           
Composite Score 2.70 3.50 3.10 3.10 3.10

 

Jim Stuard's Comments:  The opposite end of the spectrum from the Professional, the Signature series is all about comfort and not speed. While I’m not big on the looks of any of the TFO rods, I would happily fish any of them. What they lack in looks, they make up for in niche performance. It did very well up to 40’ but wouldn’t cast any bigger flies. Not much of a problem with a rod that is pretty laser focused on its market segment: Tiny dries on skinny water. I wish they would break down and just put their stuff in a tube.

 

Joe Cornwall's Comments:  The balance point with the Bass Pro UL reel is at mid cork, you'll need a very light reel to keep from throwing tailing loops with this one.  In my notes I recorded that I thought this didn't feel like a 6-foot rod at all but more like a 5-footer in reach and load. It can deliver a pretty loop to 30', but not beyond that in my hands. Roll casting was not this rod's strong point.  I wasn't crazy about the double-locking reel seat, it seems a bit overboard on such a small rod.  To a quick glance this is a decent looking rod, but an up-close examination revealed some pretty thick epoxy work that didn't change my impression of a rod that is, at its core, a compromise.  Unfortunately for me the looks alone weren't enough to make me want to try very hard to fall in love, or even in like.  In the end I just couldn't make friends with this rod.

 

Jeremy Kurtz's Comments: This rod has lots of POWER. It has a faster action than most of the other 6 foot rods in the shoot-out. I was able to cast this rod out to 50 feet with out any problem. It doesn't load up well inside 15 feet though with a 2wt line. The rod will also handle 3wt and 4wt lines well. It's not as smooth as the other 6 footers, but it does cast and fish.
The rod has A grade cork, and a somewhat large all aluminum up-locking reel seat. Guides are conventional snakes. A nice casting rod with some versatility.

 

Paul Feldman's Comments: As with the other Temple Fork rods this comes with a bag and no case. This is a fairly fast action 6 foot rod. Casting performance was O.K. but uninspiring. For some reason it wouldn’t turn a fly over well for me. This might be a nice rod for fishing dries at close range, but wouldn’t be my choice with weighted flies or streamers.

 

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