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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 11-18-2017, 09:11 AM Thread Starter
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New TFO Drift Rod

What do you think of this for trout up to 20+ inches?

Found this last night at 1am when I could not sleep:-D

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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 11-18-2017, 09:44 AM
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Interesting for sure, especially for some one who does not want to be a gear hog.

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I’m a bonafide gear hog, but I have a couple of conversions rods, one made by Meiser and another by Steve Godshall/Gary Anderson. I like them, but I don’t think you need the level of adaptability of the TFO, but maybe if you are a super-sensitive Czech nympher this makes sense. I think two configs per conversion rod would just about do you for most trips. As for the “easy add guides” - seriously? So many questions about problems that might arise with these, jambs and tangles at inopportune moments. But I guess proof will be in the pudding. Still, a nice innovation if you are the type of person that gets aggravated having to shake before use, or press 1 for English.

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I think it's pretty cool! But, more fun to have more rods. In my admittedly limited experience, the conversion rods do nothing really well, but do an ok job at all of the things.
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That IS cool! I have no experience with this particular TFO rod. But, I can see it coming in handy for instance on a steelheading trip that requires plane flights and you'd also like to swing, nymph, and dry fly for trout - and space limitations forces you to economize on what you can bring. Certainly not a direct substitution for individual rods. But, this could handle all your trout needs for that trip - pretty neat! Falls into the "what will they think up next, for us to spend money on" category! Ha, ha...
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post #6 of 8 (permalink) Old 12-01-2017, 09:21 AM
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This might be the perfect way to reduce rods when traveling!

I would love the multi featured - 4 config rod myself especially as I have converted over from steelhead and salmon fishing to trout.

Being able to switch from: SH dry, Czech/Euro nymphing, switch rod and spey in one rod is so cool!
Just have to pack a reel with 2 spare spools lined differently...
What a weight and rod savings for travel!

Wonder what size the overall package is ?
Will it fit inside my luggage instead of having to pay for an additional oversized rod case that I normally travel with ?
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post #7 of 8 (permalink) Old 01-23-2018, 07:37 AM
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I saw the Drift rod and spent some time with Jason Randall, who helped TFO develop it, at the Marlboro show. It has interchangeable 1' and 2' stripping-guide sections that allow you to vary the rod's length from 9' to 12' depending on conditions. The stripping guides are cleverly designed so that you can thread the line in and out of them without having to take the line out of all the other guides and string everything up again. There are interchangeable butt extensions, for balance to prevent tired arms in the longer configurations, or to allow the rod to be used with two hands. If the fish start hitting on the surface, just take out the extenders, pop on a dry fly, and you've got a decent 9' 3 weight.

Randall was candid enough to admit that there are probably better rods at higher prices designed solely for Euro nymphing. However, he said, if you don't want to fish that way all day, or if you only want to carry one rod, the Drift is versatile and affordable choice.
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Interesting. I will have to look at these when I hit Angler's Covey in a couple of weeks. I like the concept of changing rod length and configuration. If it has a decent fast action to it.

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