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TFO GIS SURF?!? Worth it?? Strong Enough??

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I need a new Canal rod because of my mojo breaking. I’m thinking about buying the TFO GIS SURF 10’6 rated 2-8 oz. anyone out there use this rod and is it cable of 6oz jigs? And how true is that 2-8 rating. Does it have enough backbone to cast far? Does it handle the current when fish is on. Last questions has anyone dealt with TFO’s warranty program. Thanks 

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I have the 1st gen TFO surf rods.  The ratings is definitely off.  I wouldnt cast a 6-8oz plug....

 

In any case, i have caught bass in the ccc.  Ive used 2-3 poppers and and jigs.  You will definitely missile a 2-3oz popper with this rod.

 

Its a fast action rod and its not for everyone.

 

Super light rod and i have it paired with my SSV6500.

 

The rod has held up perfectly fine.

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I have fished the 9' rated 1-5 and I would say the sweet spot was 1 1/2-2oz, over 3 would be lobbing it. It really lets metal sail.  It varies with plugs depending on the weighting action.  I just purchased the 10'6" but have not used it yet.  You mention 2-8 in your post and thats what I was expecting but unless my eyes deceive me mine says 2-6 not 2-8.  Its only my intuition at this point but fear I will hear a loud cracking sound beyond 4 but definitly at 5 if I went that route.  I had a Mojo 10'6" 3/4-4 and I think the TFO is stronger but not by much.

Its very light and cast well. The finish is very nice and seems supported by quality components.  Hope this helps!

 

PS: Everyone keeps saying these are 70/30. I think maybe 65/35.  The longest part of the 10'6" is 82" handle 49 1/2"

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Supposedly they had released different models with different lure ratings over the years but kept the model number the same. I have a 10'6" and it's rated 2-6. It launches 3.5 oz to the horizon. Never tried anything heavier with it. I like mine.

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had mine for 2 seasons now throwing up too 5 oz savages and al gaggs with no problems. I have the 10' 6" 2-6oz

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I use it as a daily fisher to be honest- treat it as a 1-5 oz range (i think 5 is really pushing it and a lob cast only) and it'll do everything good enough, but not excel at anything. Useable for eeling, pencil popping, medium jigs, down to redfins and mag darters.  Definitely fast to x fast action, which isnt for everybody as mentioned above.

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Warranty service is by far the best out there. Never been hassled plus received my replacement back in eight days. 

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You mention 2-8 in your post and thats what I was expecting but unless my eyes deceive me mine says 2-6 not 2-8

both of you are correct.. they have two different rods 2-6 and 2-8.. the early blue version is 2-6 and the current version is 2-8 the color is darker and logo was redesigned. the specs on their website was 2-8 and now changed to 2-6.. i don't know what is going on with them. I believe the label on the rod was misprinted 2-6 instead of 2-8 or maybe that's their strategy tried to confused us so they can sell more rods?

my early blue is 2-6 but i saw 2-8 in Red Top last time i stopped by was 5-6 weeks ago

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Im going to order mine online so I wonder which I will get that’s weird a 2-8 seems to good to be true. Because that’s as close as you get to an all purpose rod for the money. 

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This past tuesday 7/17/18 I sent an email to Temple Fork Outfitters about this issue.  I told them their site and most retailers had the 1065 at 2-8 but my rod said 2-6.  They acknowledged their site was in error and it should be 2-6 and they would correct.  Later that day their site had corrected it to 2-6.  I know nothing about 2 different rods.  Now that would be confusing.  Can anyone else clariify?

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I think the new ratings are 2-6 for the 10'6" TFO rods.  Majority of the sites that carry the rods probably never updated the info on their websites.  I know my rod(1st Gen) shows 2-8 on the rod.

 

In either case, with a 2-3 oz plug, im able to launch them as far as anyone can, maybe further.  I think 3 is the sweet spot.  Anything heavier you would be lobbing it out there.

 

Again, this rod isnt for everyone because its a fast action rod.  Plenty of backbone for rod this light.

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This is the second lightest rod I own, right next to my 10' blackhole Suzuki. I currently have a saragosa 6000 on it but was contemplating switching it up to my bg 5000 or I have a abu Garcia revo inshore 60 on the shelf collecting dust. This rod is my go to fall run out front rod, if we have a fall run this year.

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