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post #1 of 19
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What do you think of Thomas and Thomas graphite rods, particularly in 10wt? 

post #2 of 19
I. Have built two rods on T&T blanks.
A #10 on the Apex blank and a #8 on the TNT blank.

The Apex was too much rod for me but the owner loves it.
The #8 TNT was very sweet and would prob be as such in a # 10.

But for more and better info contact "Wendell" on this site.
Herb
post #3 of 19
The greatest flyrod I have ever seen was presented to President Ronald Reagan from Thomas & Thomas Rod Company. I seen it in one of my fishing tackle collector books.
post #4 of 19
LOVED my ol' 10wt Horizon from T&T about15yrs ago.....caught a ton of fish on that thing.....

( now the Tradewinds is my new fave......)
post #5 of 19
I had always wanted a T&T fly rod, because of their reputation. A few years ago I was seriously looking to buy one after testing them at Somerset. I was attending the show with my wife who was employed by Abenaki Publishing, American Angler, and Fly Tyer magizines, before they moved to Georgia. A couple weeks later I was presented a T&T 4wt rod by the editors. It's the best rod in my stable, and I love to fish it. It's a traditional rod with a soft feel, a slow taper, and just my style.
post #6 of 19
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Originally Posted by bobber View Post

LOVED my ol' 10wt Horizon from T&T about15yrs ago.....caught a ton of fish on that thing.....
( now the Tradewinds is my new fave......)

I still have mine--1st generation 10-wt. Horizon. A cannon. And you can line up or down. Never handed it to someone to cast who wasn't wowed. Can't speak to the current generation of their models, and T&T has changed ownership, but I gather most of the same folks are still on board--with the same commitment to quality and innovation.

All that said, the test is in your hands. Try rods by a bunch by different makers side by side to find out what best fits your style.
post #7 of 19
still have an original 10wt Horizon..It's a cannon and I love the rod..
post #8 of 19
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Originally Posted by tommat View Post

still have an original 10wt Horizon..It's a cannon and I love the rod..


same here.....also a 3wt.LPS and 4wt. Helix.Great rods.

 

post #9 of 19
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Originally Posted by Broadbill View Post

I still have mine--1st generation 10-wt. Horizon. A cannon. And you can line up or down. Never handed it to someone to cast who wasn't wowed. Can't speak to the current generation of their models, and T&T has changed ownership, but I gather most of the same folks are still on board--with the same commitment to quality and innovation.
All that said, the test is in your hands. Try rods by a bunch by different makers side by side to find out what best fits your style.

Me too. My T&T dates back to 1997 or 98. 10 Wt and is the best gun in my quiver. I have it mated with a new blue cold water striped bass line and a No. 10 Tioga and it is still my favorite. I also have a 10 WT Loomis GL3 of about the same vintage that handles my sink time and full sink lines for getting down to the fish.

'WF10I 1.5 sec. Lovin' it.

Broadbill, The local river down here in NJ is loaded with broadbills. Tthey are starting to flock up tight for the spring flight north.
post #10 of 19
For years my 10wt Horizon I was the love of my life. Great taper, tons of backbone and an amazing "damp" fee. Fished everything from 10 wt floaters to 600gr sinkers. I loved that rod... until it when over the gunnel.

Thought about replacing it off ebay but couldn't help but wonder how TnT had progressed over the years. Talked with Johnny Huff at Streams and Dreams (TnT prostaff/ R&D consultant, all around good guy) and ended up w/ a 10wt Apex built by Herb (who's a great combination of teacher, student and artist when it comes to building fly rods). Couldn't be happier with the rod. It's a good bit lighter than the Horizon it replaced but with that similar taper. The taper is fairly fast and has amazing reserves. That same reserve in the butt makes it the best fish fighting stick I've ever fished. And because it came from Highland beach, it's beautiful (black wraps w/ mint green metallic accents, Fuji Ti single foots, Wendell's Special cork grip...)

The Apex seems to have gotten lost in the shuffle during TnTs dark days. Never got press when it first launched and then seems to have been dropped during the rebirth. Fine by me so long as I have one.

As for the 8wt TNT... I believe they took the same 3M resin technology that every one else has (sage One, Loomis something, Orvis Helios...) and used it to make a Thomas Thomas fly rod Has all the same attributes that folks are praising in this thread but is blisteringly light, fast and beautiful thanks to Herb (blood red blank w/ matching wraps, metallic pink accents, Gucci Ti single foots, scaled down Wendell's Special... trust me, it's beautiful).

I've said it before; TnT rods are designed by folks that fish and are made by humans that care in western MA. You can tell. Don't even get me started on the service (I've got a thread around here some where about how awesome it is).
post #11 of 19
Gucci makes guides?;-)
JC
post #12 of 19
Jon,
Jensen probably was a victim of "auto-correct".
Fuji became Gucci.
Will see you pretty soon. Want to try your marsh fishing. I may not have time to build my 9'6" #7, "X".
Going on a cruise until April 9th and I don't have the blank yet. And I have 3 rods to build for others.

Regards,
Herb
post #13 of 19
Herb,
Yes, I realize, I'm constantly fighting that little know it all inside my iPad, just thought it was amusing that Gucci might be making guides. Maybe I can lend you a rod for the purpose, since you seem to be coming up short. ;-)
JC
post #14 of 19
Herb,
Yes, I realize, I'm constantly fighting that little know it all inside my iPad, just thought it was amusing that Gucci might be making guides.
For the marsh, maybe I can lend you a rod, since you seem to be coming up short. ;-)
JC
post #15 of 19
No auto correct. I'm pretty sure the guides are made by Gucci.
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