Temple Fork Outfitters Offers New “Finesse Half Weight” Rods, Click-Pawl Reels

Temple Fork Outfitters - Finesse Half Weight Series

The folks over at Temple Fork Outfitters have some new little rods and reels out. According to the company:

“For most of us, it wasn’t on expansive waterways or endless oceans where our passion for fly fishing evolved.  More likely, we started on a small stream, creek or pond stalking vibrant brookies or bluegills.  In honor of this water and the little fish that call it home, we introduce our Finesse Series Half Weight.

The Finesse Series Half Weight is engineered with the same materials and taper that facilitates such accurate and delicate presentations that the TFO Finesse family is known for. At a featherweight 1.2 ounces and 22 inch pack length, this is a little 5 foot rod that is guaranteed to make you smile – to conjure up memories of small fish past … and future.  The Half Weight features a cigar-style grip comprised of flor grade cork and is handsomely finished with a burled cork butt.   Two adjustable sliding rings enable varying reel placements for finding the perfect balance.  Of course it is light on your wallet too at $159.95 and is covered by TFO’s industry leading warranty.

TFO's Click Pawl "0" Reel

If you are wondering how to find a line, the Half Weight loads and unloads wonderfully within distances of as little as five feet with one or even two weight lines.  It works with as little as 15 grains of line and will deliver a full 30′ of 2 weight line too!  This makes delicate presentations in tight spaces or heavy cover a pleasure.  Paired up with our newest BVK “0” click pawl reel at $149.95, you’ll have a perfectly balanced outfit.”

Both are available now and you can find your local TFO dealer at www.templeforkflyrods.com.

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  • Beau Beasley

    I currently hold the world record for this rod, namely because I am the first person ever to land a fish on it. I had a chance to cast (and fish) this rod at the 2-Fly Tournament for Project Healing Waters earlier this month before it was released to the public. Rick Pope, the owner of TFO was kind enough to let me test one of the prototypes.  

    The rod cast like a dream, and easily allowed me to land a 16 inch rainbow which fell hard for a woolly bugger. This is gong to be a sweet rod that any “tight cover angler” would want. OK, all you trout bum with additions for brookies or other small stream fish, here is your next fix.

    • Specktrout202

      really the first fish? on this line of rods or the one you were holding in your hand?

  • Kkh

    ridiculous.  if u are fishing a “half weight” rod, u better be fishing somewhere with trout that get no bigger than 6 inches.  yes, u may be able to land a 16 inch trout with it, but is that really good for the fish?  no, it isnt.  fish get exhausted and build up lactic acid when u fight fish too long.  i find it hard to believe u can land big fish in a short enough time with a “half weight”.  do we REALLY need this?  a 2 weight isnt small enough?  gimmick

    • Dustin

      You are clueless. This is a small stream rod.

  • Kkh

    im sorry if i sound harsh, and i get that u guys are excited about ur new product.  but as a guide on the south platte, i see SO many guys out there with 2 and 3 weight rods because its more “fun” to fight the fish longer etc.  but its TERRIBLE for the fish.  yes i get that its a small stream rod.  but when u say that u landed a 16 bow in no time (as i am sure u are an experienced angler, unlike some of the people im talking about) not everyone can do that.  i just fear that one of these guys thats out there in the hog trough of the taylor with a 2 weight ( so wrong)  is going to run out and get one of these so he can fight 20 inch fish for a half an hour.  which equals “dead fish”.  they think the fish is ok cuz it swam off when it was released.  and then we see the same fish belly up 20 minutes later.  i would hope most people that buy a “half weight” are only going to use it on tiny streams.  im just looking out for the fish here, because someone has to. 

  • livefreeordie4

    0.5, 0 and 00 wt rods aren’t for guides and their clients as a general rule. With their fashion show and theater on the river 99% percent of this group play fish beyond belief. But for a skilled self taught angler they offer superior sensitivity and enough backbone to land a 16 inch trout out of a rapid but small ( < 50 cfs) stream under 10 seconds consistently. Sure an occasional foul hooked trout could take a bit longer. Look it's not for fishing the Green below Fontanelle with it's hard fight 5-10 browns. But the skilled angler would outperform the above mentioned group with their 5 wts with this rod on the slugs of the South Platte or Green below Flaming Gorge.