Posted: Wed 04/08/09 12:10 pm Post subject: Best #8 Weight Fly Rod For Steelhead?
First thing first, I am new to the site and i want to say hello to all of you !!!!! I am from Montreal, Canada and i decided to buy a high end rod for steelie. I have allready a Redington CPS #8 weight with a Lamson reel on it. I am thinking about a G Loomis Native run #8 weight, 10 foot rood.
But of course I want to hear more opinions about this subject.
Posted: Wed 04/21/10 1:49 pm Post subject: Best Steelhead 8 wt.
I've fished a lot of 8 weights over about 25 years and have found the G.Loomis GLX 10ft. #8 to be the rod in which I have the most confidence in the waters of the Great Lakes system. Yes, confidence. My first Loomis is now 25 years old (IM6) and my last GLX is ten. My sons and I still fish with them both. There are many excellent rods out there from all the big guys. But when it comes to a long day on the river, I grab the Loomis. It's got all the backbone to manage larger fish and the sensitivity to bounce nymphs and eggs off the bottom. The tip is light enough to pick up that nearly imperceptible "take". The "extra" 6" also gives you a little bit of an edge when mending a line. I have been successful casting full sinking lines, rocket tapers, as well as the old "chuck 'n' duck" with lead and a running line.
I'm not sure what Loomis is calling this model today. I do know they include it in their "classic GLX" section on their website. The Native Run series is probably the same rod with a few modifications. What I'm sure of...I'll never be without my Loomis for big, hard running steelhead and salmon.
I also have an opinion on reels for the big boys. I have fished with Ross, Valentine, Tibor, Lamson, and Sci Ang Mastery series. Best of the best is Tibor's Billy Pate series. I choose the Bonefish model. It's got all the drag you'll ever need. It's a double action reel which means the spool turns during a fish's run, but the handle does not. You can still "palm" the spool but don't have to worry about breaking a finger. It is a very high quality reel and the warranty is rock solid.
Posted: Sat 10/02/10 7:27 am Post subject: Re: Fly Rod: Best #8 Weight Fly Rod For Steelhead?
hello,bonjour,je suis de st-jean-baptiste qc , and i am addict to steelies i suppose you are fishing around altmar (salmon river) .and if so , you have to get the fly down the column of water remember the line trows the fly , for my part , loomis is an excellent rod , but way to expensive for me ( i have 7 rods , scott,sage,orvis , tfo , pezon and mitchel bambou ) and for seelies i use tfo spey deer creek 14 fts line 9 , a perfect rod for drift or under strick indicatorbut it remain my preference . boucallan
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