Temple Fork Outfitters has been making very high quality rods for so long, they ran out of names so they started naming them after famous fly fishermen. Or something like that. Audi never seems to run out of new names for their yuppy sports cars, but X and Z models are getting tired in my crotchety opinion.
I was gifted this 9′ , 4 weight rod for my 40th birthday. It handles like a professionally trained quarter horse. Strong and agile. So smooth. And never leaves me guessing its abilities. The length at first seemed a little too long, but on a Colorado river where distance and precision are paramount, I couldn’t ask for a better rod. The action is delicate enough to land small dries on the surface film, but has a strong enough backbone to huck a streamer a mile when needed.
The nimble fingered genius who assembled this rod is high up on the list of extremely talented craftsmen. Balvenie, Apple, the Amish. The fly fishing idol namesake of this rod, Lefty Kreh, is gone and according to the TFO website, so is this rod, but the new line promises to be just as stout and accurate. Use it for trout. Not enormous carp. Take my word for it.