andp418448 wrote a review of TFO Pro Special Fly Rod - 4 Piece on May 23, 2013
I bought the 8'6" 5 weight rod and it's an excellent rod for the money. My only complaint is that I wish it had "dual" locking rings instead of the single one it has. Just so you know, the main difference between a TFO Professional and a Professional II is that the II has dual locking rings. I find the single locking ring tends to loosen on its own and I'd hate it if my $200+ reel ends up falling off and getting damaged!!! (Sure this won't happen). I have no idea where the "blank" for this rod came from? It is nothing like a TFO Professional blank because the color and the ferrule design are completely different. The blank has the green color and the ferrule design of a TFO Signature blank, but it is much thinner (higher performance graphite) than a Signature blank and is similar to a Professional blank in material. The action of this rod is kind of odd, not like my 4 wt Professional II or my 5 wt Signature Series rods. It has a very fast and whippy top 1.5 feet and is very stiff the rest of the way down. It casts well, however, but is more like a 5.5 wt rod. For the money, it's a great deal, but I like the action of the Professional II rod better, but that rod costs about $50 more than this rod.