3-Tand TF-70 Fly Reel Review
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Want light weight and a low price? The TF-70 brings both in spades. The other 3-Tand reels did very well in our shootout. Can the TF deliver performance in a smaller lighter package?
The TF weighs in at an amazing 4.8 ounces. It’s one of the lightest reels in the shootout!
By hand tightening we were only able to get 3.9 lbs of drag out of the TF-70. This drops to 2.1lbs once we back it off to what’s actually usable. By 1.25 turns (out of 2.5), you’re only going to see a free-spooling 5% of that at .18lbs.
Drag Test Graphs
Like the other 3-Tand reels, it’s silent on the incoming, muted on the way out.
Spool & Retrieval Rate
While reasonably sized, the spool on the TF has the slowest line pickup in our test. Sorry guys, retro isn’t always cool.
Looks & Ergonomics
The TF-70 looks a lot like the other 3-Tand reels, so you can read about the much better V-80 and TX-80 here. It’s got the same tiny drag knob as the V-80 and a smaller, less ergonomic, freshwater handle than both.
Finish and durability
Like its big brothers, the TF-70 does pretty well in drops and drags. Due to its lighter weight, it’s actually a touch better overall.
Lifetime to the original owner + $0. Awesome!
The TF-70 is a two-trick pony. It’s super lightweight and it’s cheap. Beyond that, there isn’t much to talk about. I’d recommend the TX-80 if you’re a 3-Tand fan.
- Not the best drag
- Bad ergonomics