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Old 10-19-2009, 08:59 PM
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You made a valid point.

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Have done some searching on this forum as well and found very little information on Loop fly rods. I own the Loop Opti Creek 388-4. I will tell you that this 3 wt. is an absolute pleasure to fish. On the faster side with amazing touch and feel, it's the nicest spring creek rod out there for smaller streams and will hit a 50 ft. cast with aplomb. I like it for throwing small nymphs in size 12 and under and it's killer on dry flies. I use it more than my 8 ft. 4 Biix and my 490 4 Z Axis - although I have used it longer.

I went to cast a biix 9ft. 5 wt. today because I'm in the market for a new 5 wt. The shop owner knows I love that Loop and handed me the Loop 9 ft. 5 wt. Nymph series rod. First of all, it is a beautiful blank and the wraps on it are exquisite. It's an aluminum reel seat, same as the 3 wt. so fans of wood and such will be disappointed in that aspect. It has grown on me on the 3 wt. The Loop outperformed the biix for me by a long shot. It has the soft tip like the biix but has none of that Winston noodle like feel that you get on their rods when you go past 8 1/2 feet.

If anyone has a Loop dealer near you, you should give it a try. Fantastic fly rod at a couple hundred bucks less than the high end Sage, Winston, Loomis and Scott rods. Fast enough, with plenty of backbone.

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I always wanted to know more about them, but they are pretty elusive. Their US website is full of blanks too. Weird,seems they have a phantom following,just need to some decent distribution and representation.
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I've tried pretty much all the loop rods including the X-grips and I must say they are just as nice as my sages,, I'm not that experienced but they balance and feel great when casting,, I won't say they are AS fast as my TCX but they do throw pretty smooth and remind me of the winstons I tried except imagine a winston without the slower tip if you can do that.

my local shop is the bears den and they carry Loop,, I still love my mega-loop reel and just bought by 3rd spool for it and I seem to use it more than my abel..

for the best loop deals go the the bears den and then to the discount page for some sweet and very cheap loop trout rods to try out.

without tooting the horn too much what I did not like with the loop X-Grips was when your holding it normal your thumb is on a point,,, so you end up holding the rod where the reel is at 7 o:clock instead of 6..

very happy with loop so far!
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I have the newest of LOOP rods: "Evotec" in 8,10 & 12. Tested them from April until now with redfish, bonefish, permit, jack crevalle and tarpon.

In my opinion, the LOOP Evotec series and the LOOP Opti reels with RIO flylines has replaced the G Loomis CC GLXs & Bauers in our vessels.

I have broken two rods and received rapid replacement service from LOOP USA Castaway Flyshop in Idaho.
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Sorry i mentioned a new rod that is better then most people own seems that when someone mentions a superb product on this site someone has to pipe up and try and shoot it down before they even try it out
Rod manufactorers should stop trying to improve their products i guess
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Everything is cool here, as with the forum format found else where there will be opinions rendered on posts and products. Generally our members avoid negative replies and this is what makes this such an enjoyable forum to participate in. Your opinions and observations are valued as much as any others so please don't take offense if a different view is expressed. Open discussion is what brings many facts to light.

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I should of also added that I wish Loop made their rods in 9# which is the common place where i fish in the northeast where 8# is considred light and 10# is considered heavy.
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Have done some searching on this forum as well and found very little information on Loop fly rods. I own the Loop Opti Creek 388-4. I will tell you that this 3 wt. is an absolute pleasure to fish. On the faster side with amazing touch and feel, it's the nicest spring creek rod out there for smaller streams and will hit a 50 ft. cast with aplomb. I like it for throwing small nymphs in size 12 and under and it's killer on dry flies. I use it more than my 8 ft. 4 Biix and my 490 4 Z Axis - although I have used it longer.

I went to cast a biix 9ft. 5 wt. today because I'm in the market for a new 5 wt. The shop owner knows I love that Loop and handed me the Loop 9 ft. 5 wt. Nymph series rod. First of all, it is a beautiful blank and the wraps on it are exquisite. It's an aluminum reel seat, same as the 3 wt. so fans of wood and such will be disappointed in that aspect. It has grown on me on the 3 wt. The Loop outperformed the biix for me by a long shot. It has the soft tip like the biix but has none of that Winston noodle like feel that you get on their rods when you go past 8 1/2 feet.

If anyone has a Loop dealer near you, you should give it a try. Fantastic fly rod at a couple hundred bucks less than the high end Sage, Winston, Loomis and Scott rods. Fast enough, with plenty of backbone.

Cheers,
Mike.
Exactly. A rod that is made in China/korea that is almost the cost of the highest price US made. You do know loop is made in China/korea, right? Korea I am sure. Go to castaway fly shop page, the spey rods go for
$740 - $1,050 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

That is MUCH MORE than what a custom made Meiser costs, or a sage z axis. Heck, it is about the same as the G loomis NRX which has the best warranty in the business.

Look at the reels. Their made in South Korea reels are $850, $995

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Exactly. A rod that is made in China/korea that is almost the cost of the highest price US made. You do know loop is made in China/korea, right? Korea I am sure. Go to castaway fly shop page, the spey rods go for
$740 - $1,050 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

That is MUCH MORE than what a custom made Meiser costs, or a sage z axis. Heck, it is about the same as the G loomis NRX which has the best warranty in the business.

Look at the reels. Their made in South Korea reels are $850, $995
Yes, they are made in Korea, rods and reels. The reels have significant components made in Switzerland. In Korea, this is not a "shipped overseas" for manufacture. They own and operate the factory in Korea. I did my research.

So yes, they are made overseas. Yes they are not made in the USA. But neither is my Audi and I wouldn't trade it for a Ford or a Chevy.

I bought both of my rods under $400, which is $350 less than my Z-Axis and $300 less than my GLX. I bought a Loop Opti Creek reel that was $350 on sale. Definitely would not pay the $600 list for it... but it's the nicest reel I own, and I own Galvan, Lamson, Orvis.

Not sure why the hate or why I feel the need to defend a product I simply said I like and that if you're in the market, you should check out....

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Default Just a few thoughts;

I am going to add my thoughts to this thread and I hope you will respect them as such and not as a harsh rebuke to your position. There is a famous quote that originated from a person praying that goes something like this; God please give me the ability to change things that I can, give me the strength to endure the things that I can't, and please grant me the wisdom to be able to tell the difference between the two.

We have seen the made in USA vs. made in Asia argument many times in threads here before. I do not understand the aversion to the Asian products given the world we live in. Personally I enjoy the wide range of products available to consumers. Here in the United States citizens have many freedoms and making decisions about purchasing goods is one of them. A certain level of flag waving when it comes to the origin of products is understandable. Taking a position against goods produced in another country as an individual is a personal choice although it does little to strengthen the market share of the domestic products. Markets have a way of finding an equilibrium and no amount of protest regardless of how vociferous that protest becomes from any one individual will affect the outcome of the consumer trends on a whole.

What do I know about all of this? If it were not for competition from foreign manufactures I would today be drawing a rather large pension. That pension would be drawn on Bethlehem Steel Corporation. I worked for the worlds best known name in steel for 16 years only to see the company fold in the face of competition so there certainly would be no good reason for me to support foreign made fly rods and reels other than 'reason'.

The right to be bitter about anything at all is another freedom that we have. however I must remind people from time to time that this is a fly fishing forum and not a place to bring issues that we are prepared to harangue upon to the point of alienating others. Mike has made clear that he has no desire to be involved in further discussion on this and seeks no argument so for the sake of being good sports let's let this one go.

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