Snapped my TFO

March 14, 2010

Bitteroot River

Post by Jeff Thomas

Last weekend I took a trip to Missoula to hang out with my family and all of my close buddies. My best friend Casey suggested that I bring my fishing gear because he wanted to take me on a float down the Bitterroot River (South of Missoula) with his and his Brother Taylor who is a guide for the “Missoulian Angler.” I told him that I would love to do a float.

We met the next morning and headed down south. We arrived at the put in area. In a matter of seconds I snapped my TFO rod on a MONSTER (actually i just snapped it somehow as I was casting) luckily we were still in close proximity to the truck so I hopped out and got Casey’s extra 4wt. Back on the river Taylor had set us up with the appropriated flies and we pulled over on the first nice run. I had positioned myself at the top of a fast moving run and I got a huge hit on my first cast. I was hooked up on a nice brown! I had it on only for a few seconds when it jumped out of the water with a violent thrash and spit the fly. I was kind of pissed because the first one to catch a fish didn’t have to Shotgun a 16 oz Beer. Needless to say Taylor pulled in a nice Rainbow about 2 minutes later from the same hole. We headed down stream and Casey had hooked what he thought was a monster. It was fighting like crazy and running on him every time we got it close. It still turned out to be a nice rainbow but it was foul-hooked so it seemed bigger, especially on a 4 wt rod.

We caught a ton of whitefish which we kept about 15 to smoke. and quite a few Trout. The weather couldn’t have been any better. We were on the River from 11am to 6:30pm. Can’t wait to go back next time I’m in town.

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5 Responses to “Snapped my TFO”

  1. JayMorr Says:

    I snapped my TFO last week as well on Carp. 8wt dead.


    JayMorr Reply:

    PS. It was on a cast. First cast and it broke under one of the ferules.


    Big Hoss Reply:

    that sucks. I broke my G Loomis on thanksgiving last year and still haven’t sent it back for a new one.


  2. James Mann Says:

    Oh man that is a fear I have every time I go out Atlantic salmon fishing. My fly rod is so old and I have never purchased a second fly rod.

    I have all kinds of spinning rods and I actually picked up a new fly reel as I had broken the first spool on my first day out with and have been using the second spool I purchased at the same time for more than 20 years now. Now I have a backup reel but a lot of good that will do me if I break my fly rod.

    Better get my butt out and pick up another fly rod.

    I hope when the day comes that I do break it I break it on a big fish and not during a cast. That would just suck way too bad.


    Jordan Gillespie Reply:

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