Are you looking for the ultimate combination of performance and value? Look no further than the TFO BVK. The BVK will outcast many rods at 3 times the price!

Here are just a few of the accolades this rod has earned:
  • 2nd Place in Yellowstone Angler's 8-weight Shootout!
  • 7th Place in the 5-weight Shootout!
  • The personal choice of legendary anglers Lefty Kreh and Flip Pallot

Choose the 9' 8-weight BVK for an all-around saltwater rod, or the 9' 5-weight for an all around trout rod.

TFO BVK Fly Rod 01

The TFO BVK fly rod is one of the lightest and most responsive fly rods available on the market today - at any price. In fact, many of our favorite guides keep the TFO BVK as a backup - but end up fishing them as their primary rod. New materials have allowed the rod designers at Temple Fork Outfitters to create fast-action fly rod that maintains a smooth feel traditionally associated with slower rods.


Built with the highest modulus graphite available, the TFO BVK is not only extremely sensitive, but very lightweight. In fact, the BVK is one of the lightest rods on the market today.


Tactical Series Stripping Guides - the ultimate high performance guides designed to withstand the most rigorous fishing conditions while providing maximum weight savings. The guides feature super hard-chrome anodized, stainless steel inserts pressed into a machined, hard-anodized, stainless steel frame for extreme durability in both fresh and saltwater.

Snake Guides - Each rod is then finished with ultra lightweight, chromium-impregnated, stainless snake guides.

Reel Seat

Dual Uplocking - Designed for bigger game, these rods feature a dual uplocking reel seat, a guide favorite which ensures that your reel will always be secure.

Carbon Fiber insert - an attractive way to finish the rod, the green carbon fiber insert.

Rod Tube

Rod tube not included - like all 4-piece single hand TFO rods, the BVK includes just a rod sock. We highly recommend purchasing TFO's Triangular Rod Tube with your rod. The 5-piece models include a rod tube.


No-Fault Warranty - The BVK is covered by TFO's industry-leading "No-Fault" Lifetime Warranty. It's only $30 for a repair and turnaround time is usually only a few days.

More Info

Rod Action: Fast

Best for: All water, Saltwater, Flats

Grip: Reversed Half-Wells - 3-weight to 9' 6-weight

Full-Wells w/ Fighting Butt - 9' 6-weight to 12-weight

Ability Level: Intermediate - Expert (learn more)

Recommended Lines

Most fly casters will prefer a half-size higher line such as:
Advanced casters may prefer standard lines, such as Rio Gold.

For Saltwater, choose lines based on the species you'll be chasing.

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TFO BVK Fly Rod Reviews

BVK 8wt Review by Bruce
Posted on 5/22/17
Bought BVK 8wt.
Finish looks pretty nice. Butt is too short for salt water. Test casted and punches out to 50' without much effort. Going to test it on stripers this week.
Good rod comparable to higher priced Review by Mike
Posted on 3/24/17
I bought a 10ft 5wt in November of 2015 and was very impressed with it. I then bought a 9ft 6wt in January of 2017 and it is as good as a couple of other rods I have, which are both very high quality rods. I will purchase more TFO rods in the future.
TFO BVK, Great fly rod Review by ryan
Posted on 1/20/17
I bought my 5wt after great consideration and trying to feel the weight and movement of each of the rods in several fly fishing outfitters.
I can easily say that I don't need to shop for 5 wt's again.
This rod is light, casts great, fishes great.
For best casting, I found that going up a weight helps, i.e. using a WF6F with the 5 wt rod.
Or for more specifics, 200gr fly lines are ideal for it.
I have had the unfortunate breakage when traveling but the warranty service was superb.
I wish other sporting goods companies honored such a no fault lifetime warranty!
Great Value Review by brian
Posted on 6/7/16
I needed a rod for streamer fishing in a six weight to throw large flies. I took a look at a lot of forums and of course the shoot outs at Trident. Which are a great service. The one name that kept popping up was the TFO BVK as a very good rod at a very good price point. It casts heavy flies like the articulated variety without a hitch.
Great Rod for the Money Review by Nik
Posted on 3/3/16
I use the 8wt BVK as my backup 8wt setup and it performs wonderfully when called upon. The action on these rods is simply amazing they cast tight loops with incredible ease. The one complaint I have is that they are not the most durable as I've had the guides bend on me and have heard of similar issues from other anglers. Obviously at this price point you're not going to get the fanciest components. Overall for the price these rods are a phenomenal value.
Best Rod on the market for the price Review by ubrstriker
Posted on 1/20/16
Just bought the rod a few weeks ago! After several guided fly fishing trips I decided it was time to buy my own rod and reel...Man I have been fishing with some pretty weak rods...the BVK is light and easy to cast...I really appreciate the sturdiness of the rod but it is also incredibly sensitive to the action of the fish! Excellent Rod!!!
6 WT, 9', does it all, HIGHLY recommended! Review by Joe
Posted on 1/11/16
I’ve owned my 6 wt, 9 ft BVK for three years and find myself smiling whenever I fish with it. Dries, nymphs, streamers, … trout, landlocked salmon, smallies, pickerel, … whether fishing here in northern New England or WY and MT, in my opinion, the BVK handles all these fish and situations wonderfully. I’ve paired the BVK with a Ross Evolution LT 3.0, SA GPX line and have been extremely happy with the set up and would highly recommend it, ... and have to a number of my friends.

I have had an occasion to test out the TFO warranty and w/o using overnight or express shipping, I was impressed that the turnaround time from the post office to my front door was 10 days.
TFO BVK 7 weight - Nice! Review by Marty
Posted on 10/28/15
Bought this rod two years ago and use it mainly for smallmouths. Fantastic rod for the money. Very impressed. Made me feel more competent than I should have when out with a few smallmouth guides. Very pleased. Will definitely by another TFO.
Paint it Black and Sell it as a Sage One Review by David
Posted on 8/22/15
No news here but this rod seems to be the exception to everything about fly rods being produced these days.More money does not equal quality. Yes, Sage and Winston will have better cosmetics but the last time I checked, a bonefish on the flats doesn't care whether you're rod is made from Konnetic Technology or not.

Personally, I found the 8 weight BVK to cast best using a line half a weight heavier like the GPX or Grand. It really let me turn over big flies in the wind yet still maintain accuracy and delicate presentation. 70 feet is no problem, bet then again you're going to catch most your fish at 30 to 50 feet. That is where this rod performs best.

It only weights 3.1 ounces but trust me, it has enough power to take on a 35 pound musky. Moreover, TFO's warranty is bullet proof and the turnaround time is spectacular. Buy this rod!
Great rod! Review by Khuong
Posted on 7/30/15
I bought this TFO BVK as my first 8wt for saltwater and surf fishing use b/c it received very high score/reviews from the 8wt rod shootout. As far as I can tell you will not find another fast action rod of this caliber at this price range. Workmanship and finish are very nice, good proportions and feel in the hand. I do wish the fighting butt could be a tad longer. Casting is a blast and it puts the line out there with ease. Cannot wait to take it to my SoCal fishing trip that’s coming up. Highly recommended, you need not spend more money for the other brand names.
Best Value around Review by Risso
Posted on 7/8/15
For the money, you can't beat this rod. I have the 9' 8wt model which I use for Wiper, Largies/Smallies, Pike, etc.. Fast action rod that can zing big flies with sink tips, has plenty of backbone,and is light enough that it doesn't wear my arm and shoulder out over a full day. It's also very well made. I've had a few big flies hit the rod and it hasn't flinched. Plus, TFO has hands down the best warranty in the business. I've sent in my rod a few times for repairs for things that were my fault and they didn't give me any hassle whatsoever. They replaced sections with brand new ones. Can't say enough good things about their company!
Unbelievable Review by Chris
Posted on 1/13/15
I received this rod as a gift this year. While I have just at a year in fly fishing, I can say that this rod makes a zero into a hero. I have been lucky with the rods I've used in that they have made learning a little easier but if they were all like this BVK I would have gotten into the fly a lot earlier. Light, easy to cast and you can really boom it if you need to 90 feet or more is reachable for me so someone with some experience could probably really kill it if needed. Great workmanship and it really seems like TFO wants to cater to those that aren't so elite but still enjoy the sport. My kind of company and Trident has a great selection and prices.
WOW Review by rob
Posted on 10/15/14
As a novice and someone who has tried to fly fish for years with other roda... the 5wt BVK made me feel like I was a pro.

Cost, construction and warranty don't hurt but... This thing is Amazing
BVK 9wt Review by Colin
Posted on 7/15/14
After seeing the great performance the BVK had in the 8wt shootout. I picked one up my self and have been thrilled with its performance.

The lightweight rod can really shoot out line it needed and can still throw delicate short casts.

5* Rod at an unbeatable price
Fantastic rods Review by Brandon
Posted on 5/25/14
I bought a 9' 5wt for all-purpose dry fly and nymph fishing, and a 9' 6wt for streamer fishing. Both perform absolutely flawlessly.

You can tell the difference as soon as you pick up the rod and make your first cast. And even better, it's been really easy to "learn" the rod in just a short time. I'm not able to manipulate my line and flies unlike I was before -- all without having to spend $1000 on a rod.

I've been fly fishing for a year, and these two rods were my first step up from the big box store outfits. After a few months of having and using these rods, I'm not sure it'll ever be necessary for me to use a different rod. I couldn't recommend these more highly.
BVK 5 WT Review by SCOTT
Posted on 6/12/13
This is my first fly rod and I am able to cast with control and confidence after a very short time, something I could not do with lesser rods in the same price range.
BVK 5 WT--Love it. Review by Mike
Posted on 3/21/13
I just bought this rod a few weeks ago and took it on both large and small streams, fished in heavy wind and calm. Fished buggers, nymphs and soft-hackles. It was great in all conditions. The light weight makes it easy to cast with great feedback from the line. Handled 16 inch rainbows with ease, didn't get a chance to try it on the larger ones yet. The fit and finish is great and I look forward to taking it to Wyoming this summer as my primary rod!

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TFO BVK 890-4 Full Wells 9' 8 Fast 3.2 $279.95
TFO BVK 990-4 Full Wells 9' 9 Fast 4.3 $299.95
TFO BVK 1090-4 Full Wells 9' 10 Fast 4.5 $299.95
TFO BVK 590-5 Reversed Half-Wells 9' 5 Fast 3.0 $324.95
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