Here's how to find the rod that's right for you

Feb 28 2011 - 3:56pm

DALLAS -- When the average angler walks into a well-stocked tackle store, he is faced with rows of fishing rods in various lengths, actions and configurations. They cost from $50 to $500, and the most expensive rod may not be the best rod for the job.

The following is a question and answer on bass fishing rods with Rick Pope, president of Temple Fork Outfitters, a Dallas company that started building high-quality fly rods at bargain prices and expanded into other fishing markets.

Pope is a serious angler whose design team includes two legendary anglers -- Lefty Kreh and Gary Loomis.

Though TFO is best known for its fly rods, the company offers about 35 casting and spinning rod models suitable for bass fishing. Most of them cost about $100 and are flying off the shelves at dealers across the country. In many areas, you can find them at Bass Pro Shops, Cabela's and Fishin' World. You can see them online at

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