Temple Fork Outfitters GIS Series Spinning Rod Review [Top Pros & Cons]
By: Luke Simonds on November 7, 2018
The Temple Fork Outfitters GIS Series Spinning Rod is a rod I’ve been using for a good amount of time.
This a high-quality rod that I like to use for a little bit more powerful inshore gamefish such as tarpon and big snook.
After using this rod to target some big fish and getting a good feel for it, I wanted to give you my unbiased and honest review of it.
In this review, I tell you my top pros and cons for the Temple Fork Outfitters GIS Series Spinning Rod. I also show you this rod in action catching fish in the video review at the bottom of the article.
Note: All our reviews are unbiased and independent. We are not affiliated with TFO in any way. If you’ve used the GIS Series Spinning Rod, let us know your honest feedback in the comments section!
Temple Fork Outfitters GIS Series Spinning Rod Specs
My TFO GIS rod is 7’9″ and is medium power, but these rods come in multiple lengths and powers.
The lengths of these rods range from 6’9″ to 7’11”.
You can find this model rod in both spinning and baitcasting models.
Pros Of The TFO GIS Series Spinning Rod
In this section, I go over my top pros for the Temple Fork Outfitters GIS Series Spinning rod, which are:
1. Light Weight
This a high-quality blank that is much lighter than most inshore spinning rods, even the next level down of the TFO spinning rods.
2. Nice Cork
The cork handle on this rod is also high-quality. It’s a great grip and can stand up to the elements well. I’ve used mine quite a bit and it has taken a lot of direct sunlight and saltwater to it, but it’s still in great shape and shows no sign of breaking down.
3. Rod Flex
The TFO GIS has a nice flex to it that really gives you a couple different advantages. I can cast this rod farther than other rods because of the flex it has and I’ve had good success power fishing baits with this rod.
4. Longer Butt
The longer rod butt on this rod gives you a little extra power when you hook into a big fish. I’ve hooked into some big snook and tarpon using this rod and the extra butt length does a make a difference while fighting these fish.
Cons Of The TFO GIS Series Spinning Rod
This is a nice setup but its roughly $180, which is definitely in the expensive range for a spinning rod.
The longer handle makes it more difficult to cast and use artificial lures over and over again. This rod is much better suited for throwing live bait.
3. Hook Keeper
The standard hook keeper works well but is more difficult to use than the TFO Pro Spinning Rod hook keeper– especially when you’re in a hurry and need to get the lure ready for a cast quickly.
Temple Fork Outfitters GIS Series Spinning Rod Video Review
In this video, I give you my full review of the TFO GIS Series Spinning Rod and show you how it works catching some big fish.
This is a high-quality rod that really does have a nice on-the-water performance and feel to it.
However, I do remain concerned about the price of this rod and wonder if it’s worth $80 more than the rod that is one level down.
Remember, all our reviews are independent and objective. We’d love to hear your feedback on this rod as well.
If you have any questions about this rod or review, let us know in the comments!
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