Thomas & Thomas Holiday Gift Guide

The holiday season is upon us! At Thomas & Thomas, we are hopeful, excited, and ready for the days ahead sharing a deep-rooted passion with friends, family, and the next generation of anglers. Whether you’re looking for the perfect gift to give or asking our special dealer in the North Pole for a present this year, we are confident that we can deliver on your needs. 

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The Flats Fishing Enthusiast
Tarpon, Permit, Bonefish, Redfish

Sextant ($995) - The entire Sextant rod family shares a smooth loading, quick recovery action that allows for precise accuracy at short distances without sacrificing the power and backbone necessary for punching flies at longer distances through the wind.


Why do you choose this rod?

It has the capability of casting heavier flies on all line ratings and delivers the fly to where you want it to land due to its quick taper.

What makes it different from other rods?

Thomas & Thomas is not a rod or brand it’s a lifestyle. I have always fished Thomas & Thomas and will always fish Thomas & Thomas.

Where do you fish with the rod and what methods do you use?

I fish the Seychelles mostly, while targeting various powerful saltwater adversaries.

What fish do you catch using this rod?

GTs, milkfish, indo-pacific permit, triggerfish, bonefish, sailfish and wahoo

Kyle Schaefer

Why do you choose this rod?

The sextant is the best of the best, from the best of the best. I've believed in T&T for many years and when I saw their team pouring everything they've got into the sextant I was so excited. The sextant is my go to because it's a tactical fish sticking machine with a big sweet spot. I know this rod is going to perform... so when the fish shows up it's simply up to me to make the cast. 

What makes it different from other rods?

I'm a big fan of "castable" rods. A rod that can throw distance accurately and doesn't leave anyone, regardless of skill, behind. The sextant has a big sweet spot. It's built to fish which is what we're asking for as anglers. It's not built for just the top 10% of casters... it's a very approachable rod. .

What makes it different from other rods?

T&T puts a soul in the rods they build and you can feel that as a caster.  The attention to detail, design and components put the sextant on it's own plane.  Being made in the heart of Western Mass trout country by wonderful people is the cherry on top. 

Where do you fish with the rod and what methods do you use?

I fish/guide with the sextant everyday through New England summers for striped bass.  From September to early June you'll find me and my clients throwing the sextant to permit, bonefish, muttons, etc in the Northern Bahamas at my new operation Soul Fly Lodge.  


 Zone (Starting at $595) - The Zone series pushes the envelope in both performance and price, bringing the latest R&D from Thomas & Thomas to more fly anglers than ever before.


Why do you choose this rod? 

This rod is a game-changer for coastal flats fishing. It's sensitive enough for short casts & gentle presentations to spooky redfish on low-wind days, and powerful enough to reach fish dead upwind when the breeze is up

What makes it different from other rods?

It has the backbone to allow you to put serious heat on the fish. In 5 years I've gone through five 8-weights in search of the right one for my casting stroke; the search is over, and I'm a huge fan of the Zone.

What fish do you catch using this rod?


Dry or Die (Dry Fly Fishing)
Trout and Grayling

Paradigm ($955) - Ask a group of experienced anglers to name the greatest dry fly rod of all time, and the T&T Paradigm is sure to be mentioned more than once. Over twenty years later, we’ve followed the same inspiration that made the original into a legend to create a new Paradigm for the 21st century.


Why do you choose this rod? 

I was really excited about the Paradigm rod series because of its versatile ability to exist outside the confines of a “dry fly” rod. I fell in love with T&T rods because of the performance duality that exists across the different models - starting personally with a 9’ 4wt Vector in the early 00’s. 4wt rods in general are my favorite and this was an opportunity to update the 9’ 4wt in my quiver. 

What makes it different from other rods?

For me there is a special quality to the Paradigm series because it is obviously an excellent dry fly rod because of its responsiveness and touch, but it really can do so much more.

Where do you fish with the rod and what methods do you use?

This is a great all around small stream rod that can still get it done on some of the bigger rivers when I want to be able to present a dry delicately but have enough power to not get totally run around by the fish. I have primarily fished this rod in Southwest Montana and parts of Wyoming. 

What fish do you catch using this rod?

Step-and-Swing (Spey Fishing)
Trout, Steelhead, Salmon

DNA Spey ($1195) - The DNA Spey series continues the evolution of T&T’s highly regarded stable of two-handed rods. These are for the angler seeking rods that can do it all — Skagit, Scandi, Spey, and overhead — with ease.

Dave McCoy: Personally using both the 8120 and 7130 for our rivers here in the Seattle area with Scout, Rage and Scandi heads. In hand these rods might feel a bit fast but they honestly have amazing versatility. Depending on your stroke, unlike other rods on the market, they can accommodate a broader spectrum of grain weights and still perform well.

Barrett Ames: Let me start by saying I’m a steelhead guide and on the T&T pro team member. With that said, I have a couple hundred days with this rod. In fact, this rod (and it’s designer) is the reason I wanted to join the T&T team... it’s that good! There’s not much this rod can’t do. Smooth and powerful, light in hand, and the perfect weight/length to be a do-it-all steelhead rod.

DNA Trout Spey ($995) - Cover trout water like never before with the new DNA TroutSpey, a series defined by the ability to make long casts with ease and mend line far beyond the capabilities of single-handed rods.

Mark Lance: I have fallen hard for two-hand rods and spey style delivery to trout. Perhaps this obsession is just an extension of a decades long addiction to chasing steelhead with two-handers or perhaps just the desire for another tool in the quest for trout. Either case, the T&T DNA Trout Spey rods really help me cover big western water.

DNA Short Spey ($995) - T&T’s new Short Spey are a pair of 11’ 2” rods designed to match up with a variety of popular compact fly lines and shooting heads. These are lightweight, two-hand rods with a quick recovery and an action that generates high line speeds while providing the sensitivity to immediately detect subtle strikes.

Ross Kessler: I went 3/5 on bright chrome fish to 10+ pounds. The 11' 6 weight DNA switch was a perfect match for these bruisers. We were fishing near the river mouth so these fish were hot! Right out of the lake. The last fish, easily 10 pounds, took me down three runs and showed me a ton of backing. The switch rod had the power to slow this large specimen but was forgiving enough not to snap off the leader.

DNA Switch ($925) - We've worked hard to develop rods that really do enable you to ‘Switch’ between any conceivable type of cast with a single rod. The versatility of these rods cannot be overstated — every style of casting from single handed, single handed spey, two handed overhead, traditional spey and sustained anchor styles can be accommodated by the unique actions of the DNA Switch.

Big Water (Bluewater and Surf Fishing)
Tuna, Billfish, Snapper, and Sharks

Bluewater ($1025) - The offshore environment provides the ultimate challenge for a fly rod. Delivery of the fly must be fast and accurate, yet the rod must also be capable of applying unrelenting pressure against the world’s largest gamefish. Our Bluewater series utilizes a unique combination of resin and fibers along with a special curing process to produce a two-piece rod of unparalleled strength and lifting capability.

Exocett Surf ($1055) - Fishing in the surf presents some unique opportunities and challenges for the fly angler. Wind and waves make it difficult to handle lines and achieve maximum casting distance. That’s why T&T has built a pair of rods to make it more effective and enjoyable to fly fish in the surf. Exocett Surf rods are a pair of specialized 11’2” rods intended to cast overhead with two hands.

Tailwaters and Freestone Rivers

Avantt ($895) - T&T’s proprietary StratoTherm Resin has such incredible strength and vibration dampening characteristics that it forced us to approach freshwater fly rod design in a new way. The result is the remarkably light and responsive Avantt Series. With ultra-low swing weight and lightning-fast recovery, these rods come alive in the hand.

Mike Lum: For me, it’s tough to beat the 9’ 5wt Avantt for its do-everything versatility. Many times throughout the season we’re starting the day throwing streamers and big nymphs with some weight and indicators. We might then transition to some smaller nymphs, a dry/dropper rig, or even (on the best days) a single dry. The Avantt has the goods to pull all of that off seamlessly. Plenty of power and guts in the butt to launch an articulated bunny fur or lob a bobber rig yet enough give in the tip for easy and accurate loading on even short single dry shots. If you want (or need) to limit yourself to one great rod or even if you’re looking to fill a quiver, the Avantt series is an outstanding choice.

Robert McFarland: The 8'6" 4 weight Avantt has been my go to all around fly rod for the last three months. It's a great looking rod and the craftsmanship is excellent. I bought this rod to use on medium to large rivers in Virginia when the fishing conditions are unpredictable. From dry flies to small streamers this rod will get it done.

Contact II Technical Nymph Rods ($895) - After nearly three years of design and development, T&T is excited to announce the release of the highly anticipated Contact II series. Contact II rods are a fully redesigned second generation of T&T’s Contact rod series.

Lance Wilt: The science behind the rods coming from Thomas and Thomas is unrivaled.  You can feel the ‘nervous’ energy and excitement.  The Contact rods are part of my everyday trout arsenal in both PA and Patagonia.

Alec Gerbec: Many of our fisheries in the northern part of the state are pretty well pressured, meaning light tippet and little flies are pretty common when fishing for trout. The ten-foot three-weight Contact allows for great tippet protection as well as sensitivity for feeling light takes. I enjoy this length as well, as it is still enjoyable if I need to switch over to a dry. It has quick recovery for a long rod.

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