At some point many of us have thought we might be able to tie a fly that would work a little better than the one we could buy off the shelf. Often it turns out to be true — with careful observation, and a little engineering mixed with a bit of art, we can craft something perfectly suited to the job at hand. Back in 1969, Tom Dorsey thought the same thing about fly rods, and Thomas & Thomas was born. And we’re still doing it today — innovating, evolving, refining — pursuing perfection in our work and on the water.
To that end, we have been hard at work this past year. One of our goals is to connect more directly with anglers through our new website, which features an improved interface with social media and new ways to interact with the T&T community. Our Share Your Adventure page gives you the opportunity to share photos of your latest outing with T&T in hand, and to see what fellow anglers are up to. Ask a Pro is a new interactive feature which allows you to connect directly with the T&T Pro Staff. Whether you want to find a line for your DNA 1307, get an opinion on the best month to chase permit in the Keys, or ask where you can catch a Tigerfish, our pros have the answers.
The new website also features streamlined rod registration and service request forms, making it easier than ever to make use of the lifetime warranty that comes with each and every new Thomas & Thomas rod. Purchasing options have been expanded to include our online retail partners, and the addition of T&T Endorsed Lodges will help you find premier lodges in the most exciting travel destinations. Finally, due to popular demand, available T&T accessories will continue to grow to include more clothing and branded items like stickers, both on our website and in fly shops.
We’ve been busy behind the scenes as well. Recent upgrades to the equipment in our rod shop have enabled us to take advantage of the latest, cutting-edge graphite composite materials, which — along with new rod designs — make our product launches for the 2016 tackle year especially exciting. The new materials not only bring marked advances in performance and durability, but our new process also enhances the feel of the blank, with an improved connection between angler and fly, for a rod that truly feels like an extension of the arm.
The Spire super-series heralds a return to the classic “T&T Blue” color, with our tough, translucent Low Friction Finish (LFF) that improves casting performance and looks great doing it. Available in several unique lengths, each with an action tuned to deliver high line speeds with less effort, these rods are designed to maximize performance and versatility. With an extended range of models, from a 7-1/2 foot 3 weight to a 10 foot 8 weight, there is a Spire capable of meeting the demands of any situation, from tiny mountain brooks to windswept estuaries.
The Aeros series features a medium+ action perfect for presenting dry flies, but with the reserve power to fish a streamer or nymph when called for. The small diameter moss-green blank is outfitted with traditionally styled hardware, spalted maple reel seat spacer, and is available in 8 foot, 8-1/2 foot and 9 foot lengths and line weights 3 through 5. Designed with the hard-core trout-aholic in mind, one of our field testers pronounced these rods “simply exquisite”.
For the angler that prefers to cast with both hands, we’ve added a trout-sized series for two-handed rods, the DNA TroutSpey. These rods allow trout anglers to cover the water like never before, making long casts with ease and mending line far beyond the capabilities of single-handed rods. With a traditional progressive taper that loads easily yet has the capacity to pick up a long line, the DNA TroutSpey brings a new dimension to swinging or skating flies for big trout on big water.
With these new rod series and other updates, it’s the perfect time to get a T&T in your hands and experience the magic yourself. We’re continuing to build our dealer network, and an improved online locator will help find the T&T Authorized Retailer nearest you. We are partnering with our dealers to host T&T Days across the country, where folks can meet representatives from the rod shop, ask questions and cast their rod of choice. And we’re expanding our show schedule to include more dates and locations, especially in the west.
For the T&T faithful, there’s never been a better time to connect with us and see what’s new. And for those who have yet to discover what makes a Thomas & Thomas rod so special, we feel confident that holding one in your hands is the first step to a new perspective on what a fly rod should be. Fly rods of uncompromising beauty and performance – in your hand and on the water.