Hey, first post here! I just signed up onto this site after getting back from Hawai'i, and I will say that out there on the bonefish flats, quite a few guys are rockin these rods. I was tempted to pick one up, but thought I'd save my money for the cheap drinks! I first held this rod while in Nervous Waters Flyfishers, the ONLY fly shop in the whole state of Hawai'i which is located in Waikiki, and loved the feel of it. I already have a TFO series 1 that I bought when TFO first started up, and it was more than great for the bones out there, BUT, I wish I had the newer backbone of the BVK for some of the conditions that Hawai'i can throw at you.
The guys in the shop even said that the new BVK by TFO was going to put the hurt on some of the other major companies, and I agree- great rods, great customer service, and a great price.
I was using a Sage 5wt (not sure which model) for the many small trevally ("Papio") and Barracuda that inhabit the many canals and didn't have an issue (Defs not knocking Sage by any means), but for the price, I'm pretty sure all my future rods are going to be by TFO.