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WHAT THEY’RE SAYING ON WWW.ITINERANTANGLER.COM

“Presidents have commissioned rods from T&T to give to heads of state and royalty. There is a business model for this type of manufacturer - think Bentley automobiles or Perazzi shotguns. Thomas & Thomas makes functional pieces of art.”

We make the kind of rods others would make in an ideal world.

We strive to create the business you would build if you were in our shoes.

We make timeless classics from bamboo and fiberglass and modern

We care more about respect from our customers than maximizing

masterpieces using the latest graphite and resins. Rods designed by

rod sales. We’re concerned less with what makes conglomerate

fanatics for uncompromising performance. Rods crafted with pride

overlords or hotshot MBA’s happy (we don’t have either). We’re

by artisans for unparalleled quality. Rods built from scratch in New

focused upon finding what thrills you and us as anglers and

England because we’re proud of America’s rich fly fishing heritage.

contributing daily to this sport we’re all obsessed with.

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WE MAKE FINE FLY RODS

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WE EXIST TO MAKE RODS FOR YOU We exist to enrich your fly fishing experience. Be you a travelling angler chasing silver across multiple continents or an equally committed fly fisher that never ventures further than your local stream, Thomas & Thomas is with you all the way.

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WHAT THEY’RE SAYING ON WWW.FIELDANDSTREAM.COM

“Some companies, before the invasion of MBA’s, sought quality over quantity. I have a T&T Paradigm, LPS and Horizon. Unlikely I’ll ever get rid of any of them.”

We make rods for enthusiasts because that’s what we are. We just don’t have many customers who are occasional fly fishers. This fact is supported by Field & Stream’s recent report that T&T ranks number three in terms of the rods used to capture IGFA world records. You may not find this remarkable – we’ve been making the world’s finest rods for well over forty years. But consider that we have only ever sold a comparatively small number of rods per annum compared to the brands that occupy the positions around us.

Serious anglers seek out serious equipment. We are proud that, more often than not, their search leads them to Thomas & Thomas. Prouder still that our warranty registration cards tell us that once a customer chooses a T&T they go on to purchase many more (we’re not going to tell you how many because you might worry our rods are too addictive).

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WE MAKE RODS FOR STREAMS We believe small streams and spring creeks represent the very essence of fly fishing. An up close and personal experience with native trout evolved to the maximum with anti-predator awareness. Thomas & Thomas builds small stream rods to deliver precise, delicate presentations at close range. Rods that cast in a way that you will feel, but the trout won’t – at least until its too late.

WHAT THEY’RE SAYING ON WWW.WASHINGTONFLYFISHING.COM

“It’s the T&T hands down. Superior rods not only in casting but in fishing. Go cast one, you’ll see what I mean. Especially the Helix - the sweet spot on that rod is nine feet long. Absoluuuuut Butter.”

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Helix Medium action for casters that seek maximum feel. In the lightest line weights the Helix series seems tailor-made for small stream work. The medium action facilitates quick, precise presentations at short range and transmits a comfortable level of ‘feel’ even with a short line. Should the need arise to place a longer cast upstream, you will find the Helix possesses plenty of reserve yet still delivers the fly with satisfying finesse. The detail: Dark blue blank, western grip, up-locking pewter reel seat, bubinga wood spacer. Model

Pieces Action

Length

Line

Rod

Blank

HE 863-4

4

Medium

8’6”

#3

$725

$363

HE 864-4

4

Medium

8’6”

#4

$725

$363

HE 904-4

4

Medium

9’0”

#4

$730

$365

Horizon II Medium fast action, the perfect compromise between precision and power. The Horizon II is considered by many to be the perfect all round trout rod and for this reason there are many anglers who will use nothing else. Utilizing T&T’s exclusive Bi-Angular Fiber Technology (BAFT) results in a blank that simply feels lighter and more responsive than other rods. The Horizon series has been a stalwart of our rod line up for a number of years. With the improvements made for the second generation, now more than ever, these are the small stream rods you will want to grow old together with. The detail: Dark blue blank, western grip, up-locking black anodized reel seat, bubinga wood spacer. Model

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Action

Length

Line

Rod

Blank

HII 903-4

4

Med/Fast

9’0”

#3

$725

$363

HII 904-4

4

Med/Fast

9’0”

#4

$730

$365

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WE MAKE RODS FOR RIVERS We know larger rivers present even larger challenges. Longer casts, bulkier flies, stronger winds. The performance of you and your rod will determine how well you overcome them. For rivers, Thomas & Thomas builds crisper rods for lazer-like accuracy without ever sacrificing the ability to cushion the connection between light tippets and large fish.

Helix Medium action for casters that seek maximum feel.

Horizon II Medium fast action, the perfect compromise between precision and power.

In the mid line weights the Helix series is tailor-made for dry fly fishing. The medium action facilitates quick, precise presentations at all but the furthest distances and transmits a comfortable level of ‘feel’, even with a short line. Should the need arise to place a longer cast upstream you will find the Helix possesses plenty of reserve yet still delivers the fly with satisfying finesse. The detail: Dark blue blank, western grip, up-locking pewter reel seat, bubinga wood spacer.

The Horizon II is considered by many to be the perfect all round trout rod and for this reason there are many anglers who will use nothing else. Utilizing T&T’s exclusive Bi-Angular Fiber Technology (BAFT) results in a blank that simply feels lighter and more responsive than other rods. The Horizon series has been a stalwart of our rod line up for a number of years. With the improvements made for the second generation, now more than ever, these are the river rods you will want to grow old together with. The detail: Dark blue blank, western grip, up-locking black anodized reel seat, bubinga wood spacer.

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Length Line Rod

Blank

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Blank

HE 905-4 4

Medium

9’0”

#5

$735 $368

HII 905-4 4

Med/Fast

9’0”

#5

$735 $368

HE 906-4 4

Medium

9’0”

#6

$740 $370

HII 906-4 4

Med/Fast

9’0”

#6

$740 $370

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WHAT THEY’RE SAYING ON GINKANDGASOLINE.COM

“An old friend is back in town. Thomas & Thomas - under new management, is back at IFTD 2011 with some truly inspired new offerings. First let me say that every T&T rod we cast impressed us but our recommendation is the 9’ 5 wt ‘No Sanctuary’. The first time this rod loaded I thought WOW. This 4 piece feels and casts like a 1 piece. It has the power to cast to the backing and the delicacy you need for a spring creek. Its the closest thing to perfection I’ve cast.”

NS 5 Fast action trout rod for big water and big fish – no sanctuary.

SSS Medium fast action for the challenges of anadromous fish.

We’ve been receiving more and more requests for a faster five in a four-piece configuration. Here it is - we’re delighted to deliver the NS 5 (the NS denoting ‘no sanctuary’). Developed in close collaboration with our casting consultant Jonathan Huff, this is a rod for big water and big fish - a rod for the Delaware, the Deerfield and the wider rivers of the West. A rod that takes inspiration from our fast action Vector series, configures it in to four pieces, increases modulus and tensile strength and blasts fast, five weight performance to a whole new level.

With two-handed rods seemingly ubiquitous on many famous salmon and steelhead rivers, at times it seems as though singlehander’s have been forgotten. That’s not the case here at T&T. The new SSS rods are designed to offer salmon and steelhead anglers the ultimate balance of sensitivity and fish fighting prowess. These rods are deadly accurate for dry fly work and perfectly capable of lifting a long line off the water as you step and swing flies through holding water in the search for majestic, migratory fish.

The detail: Dark olive blank, western grip, up locking clear anodized reel seat, black spacer.

The detail: Natural grey graphite blank, full wells grip, anodized black up-locking reel seat.

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NS 905-4 4

Fast

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Length Line Rod 9’0”

#5

Blank

$775 $387

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Length Line Rod

Blank

SSS 967-4 4

Med/Fast

9’6”

#7

$780 $390

SSS 968-4 4

Med/Fast

9’6”

#8

$780 $390

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WE MAKE RODS FOR THE SALT Nowhere are the demands on the angler and his tackle more acute than in saltwater. Delivering fast, accurate casts to moving targets in howling winds is often the order of the day. It’s arguably the most difficult challenge in fly fishing and one that is dear to Thomas & Thomas’s heart. From our center of excellence in Islamorada, Florida we develop rods that edge the odds in favor of the angler. Rods with the power to deliver the fly, set the hook and fight the fish – ruthless, uncompromising rods.

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Horizon II Medium fast action, the perfect compromise between precision and power. Built with T&T’ s exclusive Bi-Angular Fiber Technology (BAFT), the Horizon II Series feels lighter and more responsive than other saltwater fly rods. But the reason Horizon II’s have so many obsessed fans is crystal clear on the first cast. The HII’ s Dual Helical graphite fibers are aligned with lazer accuracy, enhancing the transfer of energy throughout your cast, producing an unmatched level of line feel. Enhanced line feel magnifies the rod load allowing you to intuitively step on the power with split-second timing. Result: tight loops, power, and unmatched distance.

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The detail: Dark blue blank, full wells grip, up-locking black anodized reel seat. TNT

As saltwater anglers we endure a love-hate relationship with the everpresent wind. You know it and we know it – the biggest fish get caught on the windiest days. The new Thomas & Thomas TNT Saltwater Series is designed to ensure that you are equipped to deliver heavy flies in to relentless winds with an unprecedented level of power and accuracy. And if the fish changes course simply pick it up, shoot in to the back cast and lay it back out. This is a rod for advanced casters and die-hards of the flats. If you pray that tomorrow your favorite weather girl calls for clear skies and 20 mph winds then you owe it to yourself to check out the TNT series – pure dynamite.

Model

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HII 906S-4

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9’0”

#6

$745

$373

HII 907S-4

4

Med/Fast

9’0”

#7

$755

$378

HII 908S-4

4

Med/Fast

9’0”

#8

$760

$380

HII 909S-4

4

Med/Fast

9’0”

#9

$765

$383

HII 910S-4

4

Med/Fast

9’0”

#10

$780

$390

HII 911S-4

4

Med/Fast

9’0”

#11

$790

$395

HII 912S-4

4

Med/Fast

9’0”

#12

$810

$405

HII 8613S

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Fast

8’6”

#13

$820

$410

HII 86BW

2

Fast

8’6”

#14-16 $955

$478

The detail: Dark red blank, full wells grip, up-locking clear anodized reel seat.

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TNT 907S-4 4

Fast

9’0”

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$800

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TNT 908S-4 4

Fast

9’0”

#8

$800

$400

TNT 909S-4 4

Fast

9’0”

#9

$800

$400

TNT 910S-4

4

Fast

9’0”

#10

$825

$413

a guide for a long time and its all I will fish. Their rods are as

TNT 911S-4

4

Fast

9’0”

#11

$850

$425

TNT 912S-4

4

Fast

9’0”

#12

$850

$425

perfect as you will find.”

WHAT THEY’RE SAYING ON FIELDANDSTREAM.COM

“Thomas & Thomas rods are very highly rated. I have been

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WE MAKE RODS FOR TWO HANDS Overhead, Switch, Skagit, Scandi or Spey. Whatever your preferred flavor. Are two hands really better than one? The answer is definitely – sometimes. Thomas & Thomas has been at the forefront of North American development in this field since the introduction of our double handed rods in the 1980’s. Many of the most advanced casters in the world have name-checked T&T as the best two handed rods around. We design rods for energy efficiency enabling you to cover big water in search of big fish – the fish of a thousand casts. Long heads or short heads, on top or down deep, we design rods that allow you to paint the pool one smooth stroke at a time.

Spey Classic progressive taper, the benchmark against which all other spey rods are judged. T&T’s Spey Series has a classic progressive taper designed to maximize your Single Spey, Spira l Cast, Double Spey or Circle C. Outstanding for heavy shooting head lines, bulky flies and big water, its smooth crisp action will load fast and shoot far, with enough delicacy to turn over a #8 Stonefly. Whether you’re on the hunt for giant Atlantic salmon on the Kola Peninsula or steelhead on classic North American rivers, elegantly crafted Thomas and Thomas Spey rods exceed the expectations of today’s two handed casters. The detail: Dark blue blank, two handed grip, down locking big game anodized pewter reel seat.

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DH 1307-3

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13’

#7

$915

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DH 1208-4 4

Progressive

12’

#8

$965

$483

DH 1308-4 4

Progressive

13’

#8

$990

$495

DH 1309-4 4

Progressive

13’

#9

$990

$495

DH 1409-5 5

Progressive

14’

#9

$1,045 $523

DH 1510-5

Progressive

15’

#10

$1,055 $528

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WHAT THEY’RE SAYING ON WWW.ANGLINGREPORT.COM

“The Thomas & Thomas Double Handed rod is an utter delight to cast. If you don’t have one you are missing a wonderful experience.”

Switch Medium fast action for effortless casting with one or two hands. The Switch movement continues to gather momentum and as a fly fishing category we can now firmly state that Switch is here to stay. With this in mind we’ve beefed up our Switch series for 2012. Each new model comes in a four-piece configuration and offers a level of feel and versatility that will appeal to trout, steelhead and salmon anglers alike. These rods offer a moderate fast action for effortless single and double handed casting. The culmination of two years of experimentation by T&T rod designer, Tom Dorsey, our prototype models have already found favor among trout nympher’s, summer steelheader’s and in the case of the 11’6” 7 weight, as the perfect rod for Atlantic salmon fishing from the canoe - Canadian style.

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SW 1006-4

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$855

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SW 1007-4

4

Med/Fast

10’

#7

$865

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SW 1008-4

4

Med/Fast

10’

#8

$865

$433

SW 1167-4

4

Med/Fast

11’6”

#7

$885

$443

The detail: Natural grey graphite blank, switch grip, up locking clear anodized reel seat, black spacer.

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WE MAKE RODS WITH HEART AND SOUL Good times, great friends, beautiful places and memorable fish. There comes a point in every trip, in every season and in every angling career when you just want to sit back and savor the enormous pleasures of a life framed by fly fishing. At Thomas & Thomas we take our role seriously. We believe that an appreciation for fine tackle, handcrafted with pride, is an integral component of our sport’s magical allure. When you’ve just watched your son catch his first trout or your oldest friend land his largest tarpon, we want it to be a Thomas & Thomas rod that’s by your side. These are the moments that make it all worthwhile – for you and for us.

WHAT THEY’RE SAYING ON WWW.TROUTUNDERGROUND.COM

“Designed by rod building legend Tom Dorsey, to replicate some of his favourite bamboo actions, the T&T Heirlooms are wonderfully progressive fiberglass rods. No less a glass rod expert than Rich Margiotta thinks the T&T’s might be the best rods ever produced and its hard to argue.”

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Individualist The world’s finest collector grade bamboo fly rods. Our finest bamboo fly rods are designed with a complex taper that turns from a delicate tip top to the distinctive T&T swelled butt, and come with an extra tip. Built from the finest individually selected Tonkin cane, the flamed bamboo is complemented by translucent and cinnamon edging guide wraps, along with medium brown ferrule wraps. Appointments • Rods for #2, #3 and #4 lines feature a nickel silver butt cap and oxidized black sliding ring, with burled walnut reel seat spacer and Cigar grip. • Rods for #5, #6, #7 and #8 lines are fitted with hand-buffed nickel silver uplocking reel seat, mortised burled walnut spacer and Western grip. • Individualist Collector Grade rods have two mirror image tips, made from the same culm of bamboo with identical node positioning. Model

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Rod

Baby Creek

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Sweet

6’6”

#3

$3,150

Collectors Grade $3,750

The Gnat

2

Sweet

6’6”

#4

$3,150

$3,750

The TTT

2

Sweet

7’0”

#2

$3,150

$3,750

Trico

2

Sweet

7’0”

#3

$3,150

$3,750

Midge

2

Sweet

7’0”

#4

$3,150

$3,750

Caenis

2

Sweet

7’6”

#3

$3,150

$3,750

Specialist

2

Sweet

7’6”

#4

$3,150

$3,750

Hendrickson 2

Sweet

7’6”

#5

$3,150

$3,750

Limestoner

2

Sweet

8’0”

#4

$3,150

$3,750

Beaverkill

2

Sweet

8’0”

#5

$3,150

$3,750

Henry’s Fork

2

Sweet

8’6”

#5

$3,150

$3,750

Montana

2

Sweet

8’6”

#6

$3,150

$3,750

Grilse

2

Sweet

8’6”

#7

$3,250

$3,950

Salmon

2

Sweet

8’6”

#8

$3,250

$3,950

Saltwater

2

Sweet

9’0”

#9

$3,500

$4,200

Switch

2

Sweet

10’0”

#7

$3,950

$4,600

All the above rods are available in 3 piece configurations for an upgrade price of $750.

Heirloom Replicating the sweet action of bamboo with durable fiberglass. For today’ s angling purists, who delight in a fly rod that “paints” the fly on the water, T&T created the Heirloom Series. Heirloom’s action is beyond sweet and subtle; just close your eyes while casting and you’ ll feel the smooth recovery of high-end bamboo. Achieved by using the latest generation of high-tech glass fibers, our Heirloom Series is designed to replicate bamboo’ s classic action in rich fly fishing tradition. The detail: Olive blank, western grip, uplocking bright reel seat, bubinga spacer. Model

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Line

Rod

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FR 763-3

3

Subtle

7’6”

#3

$675

$338

FR 764-3

3

Subtle

7’6”

#4

$675

$338

FR 765-3

3

Subtle

7’6”

#5

$675

$338

FR 804-3

3

Subtle

8’0”

#4

$675

$338

FR 805-3

3

Subtle

8’

#5

$675

$338

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THIS IS OUR STORY Not many companies survive as long as we have by making fine fly rods in the USA so our history is a special one. Mixing a storied bamboo workshop with innovative graphite production fascinates non-conformists. Yes its eccentric, but to the man on the street, so is fly fishing. Fortunately, kindred spirits seek us out and the Thomas & Thomas legend lives on.

TRUE TO OUR ROOTS – THE T&T ‘LOOK’ Thomas & Thomas was founded in 1969 by rod builders, Tom Dorsey and Tom Maxwell.

Today, this ethos is imprinted upon our DNA.

Their background in bamboo possessed the two Tom’s with a rare and

of the build process. A speck of dust in the paint and the rod gets rejected

uncompromising obsession for detail. To their minds, the ‘labor of love’

when it arrives to be ferruled. An imperfect ferrule and the rod is rejected

involved in constructing collector-grade bamboo was too precious to

when it arrives to be mounted. Nobody at Thomas & Thomas is paid based

be tainted by anything but the finest cork, components and finishes to

on the quantity they produce, rather everyone is judged on the quality they

complete the rod.

put out.

The genius of T&T was in upholding the same obsession for detail as they began experimenting with new graphite materials.

Annually, we make fewer than a hundred bamboo rods, a few hundred glass rods and a few thousand graphite rods.

Dozens of blanks could be built in the time it took to build one from

Our attention to detail is consistent across our entire line. Aesthetically,

bamboo. For many, this meant the ‘plastic’ rods were not worthy

our rods are rated as ‘second to none’ by fly fishing enthusiasts around

of the same attention in terms of their handles, reel seats, ferrules,

the world. It’s the Thomas & Thomas ‘Look’ – the look of the rods you’ll

guides and wraps. T&T took the opposite view and raised the bar for

eventually own.

graphite excellence.

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WHAT THEY’RE SAYING ON WWW.FISHING.CO.UK

“I had the chance of spending some time in the T&T factory in Massachusetts. I was able to interview some of the craftsmen and women who told my listeners about their jobs. I quickly realised how dedicated the employees were in producing a fine product. They talked about quality control with pride. Everyone from the office junior to the master craftsmen were proud of the label Made in the USA.”

ALWAYS AN EYE TO THE FUTURE – THE T&T ‘FEEL’ We take great pride in building rods that are pleasing to the arm as well as the eye.

When it comes to our design philosophy we tell it like it is and try to avoid blinding you with science.

We build rods that communicate. Rods that prompt you to intuitively

That’s not to say there isn’t any – the quest for fly rod perfection is a

adjust your stroke to produce the perfect cast. We believe it’s not always

never-ending journey. Tom Dorsey was among the first rod builders to start

about building rods that are faster or lighter or stronger. It’s about building

experimenting with graphite back in the 1970’s. Today, he remains obsessed

performance rods that get the job done, time after time.

with pushing the boundaries to find new materials and tapers that improve performance. Dorsey calls it ‘tinkering’ but, in fairness, it takes a lot more than that to produce rods that feel like the rods you’ll eventually own.

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WE MAKE THIS SERVICE COMMITMENT TO YOU

WHERE TO

Our customer service will exude the same quality as our rods.

USA & Canada – Authorized Dealers

When you call or email Thomas & Thomas you will receive a prompt

We sell through a network of quality fly shops that know and

response. Even if you have a query that doesn’t relate directly to one

understand the T&T product range. We view these shops as partners

of our products we’ll do our best to help you. A wealth of fly fishing

and they are pivotal in assisting us to serve you. They also assist us

knowledge resides within these four walls and we’re happy to share it.

in new product development, ensuring we evolve as they and their customers do.

We stand behind our rods with an original owner, lifetime warranty. We had a tough time with this one for a while, made some mistakes,

Visit thomasandthomas.com and enter your state or province to find

allowed a backlog to build, let some customers down and they let

your closest shop.

us know about it. We apologized sincerely and are grateful to our customers who termed this period our mid-life crisis. Our repair turnaround times are now better than they’ve ever been We have learned from our mistakes and have now put a dedicated team in place to handle this important area of our business. That we tarnished our reputation in the first place is a source of immense regret but it will not happen again – that’s our commitment to you.

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BUY Authorized International Distributors

Can’t locate a stockist for the T&T rod you wish to purchase?

We have a great network of distributors serving many countries around the world. Again these organizations are our partners and we have worked closely with them to ensure that physical distances and

Please feel free to call the Thomas & Thomas factory and we will be happy to assist you.

language barriers do not impede your ability to purchase and enjoy Thomas & Thomas products. Visit thomasandthomas.com and enter your country to find your

Our hours of business are 9 a.m - 5 p.m EST, Monday thru Friday and our telephone number is +1 (413) 475-3840. Alternatively you can email sales@thomasandthomas.com.

closest distributor.

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Thomas & Thomas 627 Barton Road, Greenfield, Massachusetts 01301 Phone: (413) 475-3840 Fax: (413) 475-3673 info@thomasandthomas.com www.thomasandthomas.com

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