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TFO BVK 9’ 9wt?

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(Tfo bvk 9wt)

Anyone have any experience with this rod?  Im looking to purchase a budget friendly rod for stripers. This rod had good reviews but would love some “real” feedback.  Other rod suggestions welcome. 

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Seth, I have not used that rod, but I do have two Temple Fork TICR rods in 8 wt and 10 wt, and really like them.  I had a St. Croix prior to these two rods, and I did not like it.  I picked up the TICR rods after doing a casting lesson with Ed Jaworowski, and these are the rods that he brought with him to teach.  I used my St. Croix that day and then Ed's TICR, and quickly sold my St. Croix.

 

What are you looking to do with the rods?  Will you be on a beach, sod bank, boat?  Are you fishing deep water primarily, flats, or a bit of everything?  This information can help others provide you with some relevant feedback. 

 

I am sure that someone will chime in about that rod, but also check out the thread "inexpensive 7wt" that is around the top of the forum now, and there are a lot of good suggestions for rods there with a pretty similar price point to the BVK.  Just look for the 9 wt version instead of the 7 wt version.  

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Thanks guys for the feedback!  To answer your questions doyle.  I will most likely be fishing shallow water from a 15’cc boat.  In a perfect world i would be sight casting to striped bass on the flats. I just got a boat last year, so untill i have some flats dialed in im open to fishing rips, under bridges, etc.  

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I like it. I use mine for large mouth fishing when I fly fish. You should not be disappointed with the bvk.

 

You also might want into a tfo ticr rod. I would guess you can pick those up for a similar price on fleabay.

 

But I don't think you would be unsatisfied with the bvk; it's a very versatile rod. Trust the Captain Tuttle.

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For the same money you can get a mangrove by TFO.  The finish will hold up better in saltwater and it won't make those funny creaking, cracking noises when you're fighting a really large fish.  Not quite as fast as the BVK seems to be the only significant difference to me.  JMHO

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Orvis Clearwater rods are very good because they are light and when compared to their cost and IMO no TFO rod is not as nice. I have BVK 9ft #10 and it is very stiff and heavy so I don't use it. #9 BVK is almost stiff and needs to be overlined.

 

Esa

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Orvis Clearwater 9wt is heavier than a BVK 9wt by an 1/8 of an ounce.  The Mangrove is heavier, but I like the action better.  Just a tad slower and the finish is made for rough and tumble fishing.  I fish mine paired with Galvan torques and Rush lites and they balance out well, so weights not an issue.

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A year ago I was looking for a 10 wt and my first choice was the TFO  ticr. Unfortunately the model had been discontinued. About the same time the tip on my TFO bvk 6 wt broke. TFO repaired the bvk, no problem but I was concerned that the bvk may not be beefy enough for me as a 10 wt. I ended up buying a 10 wt  TFO mangrove. I fished the mangrove all winter long and I love the rod. It is a breeze for me to cast. I fished it last winter for tarpon from a kayak and it did lots of pulling.

i would not hesitate to buy another mangrove.

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