Review – TFO Lefty Kreh 9′, 4 Weight

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.

Published by willbarch78

I grew up in the middle of nowhere Texas. The nearest Walmart was a full two hours away. My family still runs a ranch back home that I grew up on, but at some point in my treasured youth I hung up the idea of becoming a cowboy, and pursued my passion for architecture. Today I still find myself trying to fit in to a life that has treated me with the average ups and downs one can expect after a certain number of years. My wife and I moved to Denver after attending Texas Tech School of Architecture in Lubbock as we needed a grade change from the Llano Estacado. We camp with our three growing girls all summer and into the fall while I write and create and fly fish to maintain sanity. Life is moving fast as our careers and children progress in all areas, so being outdoors with each other keeps us mostly grounded.

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