Temple Fork Outfitters Gary Loomis Tactical Series Travel Rods are easy to travel with and cover a wide range of fishing conditions: from light surf to jetties, bass in the Northeast to salmon in the Northwest. These Magnum action, fast/stiff rods are finished with a full grip and fore grip made from a combination of burl and premium cork and GTS guides.
By utilizing a new proprietary scrim in conjunction with TFO's high modulus carbon fiber blank material, Gary was able to save weight and increase sensitivity without sacrificing strength. GTS Bass blanks are tastefully finished; simply polished, with a thin layer of matte clear coat to enhance the natural luster of the fibers, TFO's trademark Color ID Split grip is further complemented by a two-piece reel seat and a natural cork ring split grip.
GTS rods are topped with TFO's proprietary Tactical Series guides, machined stainless steel inserts are super-hard chrome anodized then swaged into a chromium-impregnated stainless frame. What does this all mean? Super hard, super slick, saltwater safe and no more lost fishing time due to lost inserts...and they're 30% lighter than standard SiC guides.
I bought this rod to try ultralight spinning and it's a blast. It can throw a small spoon like a Mepps Little Wolf a mile with a good reel, and can tire out serious fish. I've taken several dorado with it (the fresh rwater southamerican salmonid, not the saltwater) around 6 pounds without a problem. I guess it works in the concept of a noodle rod, you can't really bring a strong fish in by force, but being a long, medium action rod it does suck up the fight, if you stand your ground using a nice amount of backbone it has the fish have a really hard time stripping line or spitting your hook, the rod protects the line and hookset a lot. It wouldnt be the best choice to pool feisty fish out ov heavy structure, but if you have rom to work its a delight, and you can cast it all day long. The one thing that doesnt work are the reel rings. I kept throwing my reel in the water till i ended taping a fuji ls6 reel seat to the handle. You could tape the reel directly yo the handle but this way it retains it's portability.
ProsAll I expected of the ultralight spinning concept
ConsThe goofy reel rings
St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada
Excellent medium-heavy 4pc travel casting rod!
March 8, 2016
Excellent - very stiff fast sensitive high quality graphite - a strong butt section with fast flexible tip section - ideal travel rod for pike, musky, lake trout, big walleye, big bass, steelhead, coho/silver salmon, big brown trout, channel cats, et c. (casting or trolling) also 'light' saltwater - recommended as a heavy longish freshwater casting or light saltwater/surf casting travel rod. Incredibly light and compact in its rod bag, while being a powerhouse hawg-hauler when unleashed. Very pleased with this rod.
ProsHigh quality medium heavy 8'8" rod, quality graphite with strong butt and sensitive tip - a masterpiece as a rod generally - ADD to that it packs in 4 pieces - easy traveler.
St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada
A compromise travel rod - spinning and fly rod - has issues
March 8, 2016
GTS SF 802-4 (a light rod for trout, grayling, panfish, bass et c.) Not good (I returned it today) - the tip section is a fly rod tip section with snakes and a loop tip guide, the middle two pieces are spinning rod like with Fuji guides - the butt section is like a fly rod's (short) but with rings for variable positioning of the reel. It might be OK for fly fishing but the butt is too short to balance a spinning reel on - I have several 4-piece fly rods so this is no good to me. This rod is supposed to be a fly/spin tool but it is too compromised to be ideal for either function in my opinion. Will keep search for a longish 4 pc light spinning rod.
This said - the other Temple Fork Rods I have are EXCELLENT - this one is an exception.
ProsIn a pinch, might be usable as either a fly and spinning rod in one item.
ConsThis rod is supposed to be a fly/spin tool but it is too compromised to be much good for either function in my opinion, due to the odd mixture of fly rod butt and tip sections, and spinning middle sections - when opening the rod bag it appears like you have got pieces of two different rods mixed up in the same package. I returned for store credit.
April 21, 2015
Picked up the Spinning 8'8" MAG M. Works great in the surf and on boat. The first fish I caught on this rod was over 35lbs and it held up with no problem. Looking forward to catching many more with it. I had it paired with a VS150 and could launch my lures way past everyone else. Definitely glad I bought it.
ProsCan carry on plane. Fits in overhead. Holds up when you have big fish on. Cast's well
What's the length of the longest section of Rod? Wondering if I can fit into my luggage, or if I need to carry separately.
Hello Jason. The sections on these rods are all broken up evenly. So depending on the model you like, divide the length of the rod by the number of pieces and that will give you the length. Please feel free to contact us if you have any more questions!