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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 12-29-2014, 05:34 PM Thread Starter
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TFO Deer Creek 12' 6'' 4/5

I haven't seen too much mention of this rod here. Anyone else have one?

Recently purchased, I finally had a chance to play around with it yesterday. My casting conditions were far from ideal, as I was on a partially frozen pond with just enough open water to form a somewhat decent anchor, and target the un-frozen other side.

With the wee bit of casting I was able to accomplish, I can say that I think this is going to be a fun light trout rod. If you like a full flex, bend into the cork kind of action, then check one out. And when I say full flex, I mean FULL flex. It's a noodle, but recovers quickly. Snaps right back into position to launch that cast where it needs to go!!

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240 grain Scandi- easily getting that out 75-80 feet.

7 wt. Double Taper (single hand rating)- only managed to get a good turnover with about 60-65 feet of it. Most definitely a good starting point for a long line for this rod!

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TFO Deer Creek 12' 6'' 4/5

That one has been on my list for a while but first I want to tune in my DC 14' 6/7

Keep us informed on how it preforms. Interested how the hook set is on a light long rod like that.

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I had that rod at one point, and by far my favorite line on it was a 6 wt Airflow 40+. Really sweet. Also threw a 325 skagit very nicely.
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I have this stick, great trout rod! I throw a LTS mini scandi on it. its a intermediate Scandi Style head. I love inbtermediate lines because they are super stealthy on runs that are slower, they dont cast the Killer V shadow that a floater and leader does.
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Any more input on this rod? I am considering this or the Deer Creek Switch 11' 4wt for having some fun with Delaware river trout.
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I haven't cast or swung the Spey, but the DC 11' 4wt is a little too much rod for the average trout, IMO.

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Any more input on this rod? I am considering this or the Deer Creek Switch 11' 4wt for having some fun with Delaware river trout.

I used the 11' 4wt deer creek for a bit one fall. A bit much for trout under 20". It was fun when the occasional summer steelhead was hooked though. I had the 12'6 4/5 as well and found it a little bit lighter and more fun for smaller fish, but still a touch much. If I was buying one of those two again I would get the 12'6 4/5. It was a nice casting rod and a bit lighter for fighting small fish and plenty for larger ones as well.
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Unfortunately, I haven't had a chance to get out with the Spey again!!

I've never cast or even held the 4wt. Switch, so I can't compare the two either. I'm sure someone here has, and will comment.

My initial impression of the rod however, leads me to believe it's going to be fun! Much more flex than either my 4 or 5 wt. Dechos. Both of which, I found to be decent trouters.

Actually prefer the 5 wt., as it's a bit softer than the 4, and both throw a 300 gr. Scandi equally well!

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I purchased the TFO 12'6" 4/5 when it was introduced, traded it off for another rod last year. My favorite line was a 240gr Scandi.
Fine longer trout Spey, fun rod for smaller fish.

I also presently have the TFO 11' 4wt and it to likes the 240gr Scandi.

Line control is somewhat improved with the 12'6" length however, it is not as crisp in action wrt the 11' rod.

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I agree Fkrow, the 12'6" is way slower, but if you follow the rod it cast a mile.
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I agree Fkrow, the 12'6" is way slower, but if you follow the rod it cast a mile.
That's what I'm counting on!

I'm really feeling this rod is begging for a long line. I've got a Rio Trout LT 7 wt. on the way to test. Around a fifty foot head, 300ish grains. Fun, fun!!

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I like a delta 6/7 with said rod when swinging. I make it work for me even if my casting is not up to what I'd like. fun with fish over 2 or 3 lbs, but overkill inmo, for smaller trout. I do however fish it on my favorite trout stream when the spring flow is high and fast.
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Thanks for your input guys! I ended up going with the 4/5 spey. I'll mess around with some lines and let ya know what I think.
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