I first met Flip Pallot nearly 30 years ago while he worked as a guide in South Florida—thanks to a recommendation from one of his mentors, Lefty Kreh. My first day on the front of his flats boat in Biscayne Bay, I knew he was a special person. His passion for the species we sought, for the environment and for perfecting the techniques necessary to succeed as both an angler and outdoorsman continue to be an inspriation to me.
Through decades of spending time around a campfire together, sharing hunting and fishing stories, business philosophies, personal successes and tragedies, we became best of friends. From rigging tarpon leaders to rigging duck decoys, from sharpening knives to cooking, I’ve seen him solve problems with great planning and insight—and I, like so many others, have benefited from his wisdom and willingness to share ideas. From his incredibly successful Walker’s Cay Chronicles, to his works as an author—his casting schools to his personal appearances, Flip complements our goal of increasing participation in, and awareness of, fly fishing by offering the best possible combination of price and performance in rods.
Lefty sums the relationship up very nicely: “I am delighted that my old friend and fishing buddy Flip Pallot has joined the TFO Advisory Staff. Together I am sure we will come up with some products that will make TFO customers happy and help teach us all how to catch more fish.”
Flip says, “TFO has given me a chance to play in the same stadium with Lefty Kreh, Gary Loomis and the rest of my Temple Fork Family...I must be dreaming!”
Going forward, Flip has agreed to be involved in the design of our rods, to assist in developing casting schools and educational programs, and to participate in general business planning. We are delighted and honored to have him join our team.