the rod, reel and line that changed Kevin’s fishing life

Wow. Strong words. They are true though. I have been at Kevin’s altar, hearing him preach the good word about two-handed, overhead casting in open water, bombing accurate 80 foot casts all day every day for ten days in a row with no fatigue. Why depend on muscle when you can use mechanical advantage? Here me now!

On a ten day trip last year to Quetico Provincial Park in Canada, after fishing hard each day from sun-up to sun-down, the only thing that started to ache were the muscles used for stripping line. Other folks on the trip didn’t fair as well having to launch big streamers with their single-handers.

The TFO TiCr X 9′ 8wt with the two handed conversion kit is a long casting machine. Awesome for smallmouth, pike, steelhead and salmon in the surf, carp, wiper, striper, bluefish, pretty much anything where you have to make long casts into the wind over and over and over again. At 11′ 3″ long, paired with a Scientific Angler’s Mastery 360gr Skagit head, this rod is incredible. And TFO’s 375 Large Arbor reel is bombproof. Kevin has a dozen 375s that are in constant guide use and they are still going strong. Put a heavier Skagit head on the rod and you’re knocking out spey casts, swinging streamers for steelhead on the river. Take the conversion kit off and you’ve got one of the best 9′ 8wts on the market at your disposal.

Stay tuned for the raffle results.

Check out some of the fish Kevin has caught on this setup over the last year or so. I love that first picture.  Click on all of them to enlarge.


Big thanks to TFO and SA who were very generous in donating to our cause.

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