Targeting big predatory fish like pike, musky, and barracuda means you'll be spending the majority of your time casting heavy, wind resistant flies with almost no action on the other end, but when you do get a take, you want to be sure that your rod is going to have the backbone to wrangle those big carnivores. The Temple Fork Outfitters Esox Fly Rod is the right tool for the job. It will make throwing heavy flies with heavy lines easy on your casting arm, but will also give you the confidence to play the fish without making you feel like you're going to snap the rod in two.As is the case with a lot of Temple Fork Outfitters' rods, the Esox was designed with heavy input from Blane Chocklett, an expert at hauling in big meat eaters. The rod has a fast action feel for high line speeds and better performance when casting big and brushy flies, and it's treated with TFO's TiCr coating for extra protection against inadvertent collisions with heavy flies and boat oars. A Full Wells cork grip offers a solid feel when casting and is fitted with a new extended fighting butt that helps with heavy line pickups and allows the rod to make quick figure eights to draw a strike when a fish is trailing your fly up to the nose of the boat. As a finishing touch, the aluminum up locking reel seat has machined aluminum hook keepers to keep those big, meaty flies you'll be fishing safely secured to the rod when you're on the move.
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