McFarland Tailwind (Graphite Fast Action)


The fast action rod that changed it all.


9′ 3-8wts

Rods will feature Fuji SIC stripping guide, SNAKE brand snake guides, FLOR grade cork and a beautiful Lemke seat. Wood insert options will be provided upon order. I have many gorgeous pieces available. Lemke double locking all metal and fighting butts are all optional – no charge.

Rod includes tube and sock.

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The fast action rod that changed it all.

The Tailwind features a highly refined fast recovering, yet deep flexing action that is unlike any other rod available. The Tailwind is remarkably light in the hand, only 72 grams for the 5wt, quick loading and powerful, loads at 10 feet but will throw 80 feet plus with ease, and has unmatched line feel. The Tailwind is such a revolutionary rod that when people first cast it they often say something like, “That’s a really nice medium action rod, but I need a faster action to build line speed and cast distance”. Then, as they stretch out more line, their faces light up as they feel the rod respond perfectly, continue to push line and build line speed, and easily make longer casts than they ever have before and with less effort!

“The Tailwind is the finest 5 weight I’ve ever fished for our rivers”
– Josh Greenberg. Gates Au Sable Lodge, Grayling, MI

The key to the Tailwind’s revolutionary performance is a highly evolved new for 2017 graphite pre-preg coupled with a radical approach to taper design. Additionally, the McFarland Transition Ferrule System eliminates dead spots through the ferrules. The result is a combination of line feel, lightness, and line speed never before experienced. Since its debut a couple years ago, the Tailwind was an instant favorite of experienced guides and flyfishers worldwide and the revised version for 2017 is even more amazing.

Cast like you have a Tailwind!

Additional information

Weight 32 oz
Dimensions 36 × 3 × 3 in

9' 9wt 4pc, 9'9" 4wt 4pc, 9'9" 5wt 4pc, 9'9" 6wt 4pc, 9'9" 8wt 4pc, 9' 3wt 4pc, 9' 4wt 4pc, 9' 5wt 4pc, 9' 6wt 4pc, 9' 7wt 4pc, 9' 8wt 4pc