TFO Warranty and a new Axiom II x
Two years ago (April 2019) to be exact, four of us made another trip to Christmas Is. Jim May, myself, and Bill Siler and his son Kyle. This was Bill and Kyleís first trip here but Iím sure it wonít be their last.
Like usual all days start out the same, getting in several different outriggers with your guides and partners for the day. Bonefish and trevally are always the main targets but when other opportunities present themselves you go for it.
There had been several large processing boats anchored close to shore and someone said thereíd be milkfish around these boats if weíd like to try for them. Several of the outriggers came together and headed toward the milkfish action.
Fishing right next to the processing boats was tight quarters but before long several of us were hooked up and the proverbial Chinese Fire Drill ensued. I was hooked up quickly and my fish went deep. Amazing how strong and fast these fish are with those long forked tails. I think Bill was next to me hooked up as well. My fish went one way while Billís went the other and I had to pass my BVK over Billís back and around him. The fish had other plans and suddenly my rod gets a big SNAP across Billís back. Still on, we hand line the fish into the boat. This is what fire drillís are all about, Billís sorry about the rod, and Iím without my 12 wt.
The TFO BVK 12 wt. was one of my favorite rods. As soon as we got back from our trip I sent it in to TFO for warranty and quickly got a new rod sent back to me. The problem was they sent me a ďMangroveĒ instead of the BVK I sent. I quickly called TFO and got ahold of Rick Pope who said that the BVK was discontinued and wanted me to try out the Mangrove. He was sure Iíd like it.
I took it to the park and cast it on the lawn a few times but this was not the BVK I wanted. So now itís 2020 and the COVID comes around and stops everything for a full year. No trips for a full year plus.
Well, vaccinations completed, weíre starting to think about travel again and warm saltwater is calling. I call TFO again and explain the situation and they are very accommodating. I talk with Jim Shulin and he says theyíd only charge me the difference between the two rods. Great.
Yesterday I got a new Axiom II x - 12 wt. In the mail.
This morning I couldnít wait and headed down to the park with several of my bigger reels to try things out. What a great casting rod. It cast straight as an arrow both long and short and had plenty of push for both. I used both the RIO OBS, and the S/A Saltwater Tarpon taper. Both were excellent.
So now Iíve got to go get this new rod wet on something that pulls hard before I can finish my story. But for now, TFO really came through and lived up to itís word on itís warranty. Tony
Feather River Fly
Yuba City, CA.