G. Loomis Spey Rods
G. Loomis Day
Fear No Fish!
Fly Line Sizes
|Common Language||PHD Class||Winner!||All pictures are Mouse-over.|
|Built in the Pacific Northwest for conditions anywhere in the world.|
|StreamDance Freshwater Series||Salmon & Steelhead Rods|
|CrossCurrent Saltwater Series||Two-Hand Rods|
|Ed Ward helps design new Roaring River Dredger Series of spey rods.|
|G. Loomis fly rods are especially adapted to the conditions that we face on our home waters. They have an very strong design/test group in our region. G. Loomis rods are made in Woodland, Washington, just across the Columbia river from our store. Steve Rajeff has his office there.|
When it comes to delivering long, accurate casts or dropping a fly on a
dime, nobody in the world does it better than the G. Loomis Director of
Research & Development, Steve Rajeff. Rajeff has dominated the world of
competitive casting for over three decades. He has no less than 29
national and 13 world All Round Championships on his casting resume. Steve
holds the current National single and two hand fly distance records at 238
feet and 295 feet respectively. Steve and his brother Tim were winning
teammates in the recent Outdoor Life Network Flyfishing Masters Cham
pionship.Steve gives G. Loomis a powerful
|advantage against the competition with a deep understanding of how fly rods work,|
|because he can make them perform better than any one else in the world. Working closely with Steve are a whole team of gifted anglers such as "Mild Bill" Howland of Warm Springs, Oregon. You can find Bill testing G. Loomis fly rods below Mack's Canyon on the Deschutes River. Bill is a retired Marine Patrol Officer and worked the waters of Central Oregon for many years. This background gives Bill a unique perspective on the waters that he fishes. Now during the summer and fall months he lives, camping-out in the Deschutes Canyon. This life style give Bill a lot of experience. He is a tremendous fly caster catches lots of steelhead. Besides G. Loomis rods, Bill employs the service of his steelhead dog, Rowdy. This combination gives him a nearly unfair advantage over the fish. Bill is a dedicated G. Loomis user. He|
|and Steve Rajeff spend a lot of time fishing together. The exchange of information that happens on those trips is added into the mix of G. Loomis design knowledge...local on the water knowledge.|
|One of the newest additions to the G. Loomis Pro Staff is our good friend Steve Choate of Kalama, Washington. You might remember that Steve won the 2002 International Open Spey Casting Championship at Broadlands on the river Test in England with a cast of 50 yards. This cast was performed on moving water as a "fishing cast". Steve perfected the "Spiral-Single" spey cast and has been one of the major cornerstones of the Sandy River Spey Clave since its beginnings. Right now G. Loomis GLX two-handers will compete with anything in the world. We figure however that Steve Choate working with Steve Rajeff will produce|
|two-hand fly rods of unapproachable performance. Are we about to see something revolutionary? Rumors are starting to spread. The suspense is building. We can't wait!|
|The Loomis Team Bags Another Big One! To Top|
|Ed Ward joins the G. Loomis team to help design the new Roaring River Dredger Series of "Skagit Cast" rods. This rod configuration and casting style has evolved and steadily gained popularity as means of fishing very large flies for steelhead. Short, heavy sinking-tip heads are cast perpendicular to the current and the fly is dead-drifted deep. It is a method which takes precise casting and line handling. It is deadly when mastered. Ed is pictured at left with a fish taken on the Sandy River. He has fished nearly the entire|
|native range of Oncorhynchus mykiss. He is universally respected for his highly refined two-hand fly rod fishing skills. Wow! Rajeff, Choate and Ward exploring the dynamics of two-handers; teamed-up together!!?? Sounds potent to us !!!|
The Evolution of Fly Line Size Designation
Because silk is heavier than water it will sink unless it is greased. The care of these lines was labor intensive and because silk is biodegradable it had to be cleaned, dried and stored carefully. There was room for improvement.
Shortly after World War II, synthetic materials replaced silk. Now most fly lines are now made of polymers surrounding a braided core of Dacron or Polyester. The core provides the tensile strength and the coating provides the weight and taper. Many materials can be mixed with the polymer and many different specialized fly lines emerged.. Lines of the same diameter can now vary greatly in both density and weight.
The letter designations use for silk lines only reflected the lines' external size. As new materials emerged varying densities and taper/belly lengths caused large weight differences within lines of the same diameter, eliminating the possibility of using old standards to match a modern line to a given fly rod.
Standard Line Weights
|Number Designation||Standard Weight||Margin For Error|
In Search Of Common Language
From 1880 to 1980, a span of one hundred years, nearly all
lines for two-hand fly rods were in the Double Taper configuration.
About 25 years ago shooting head type lines started gaining popularity with
some Scandinavian salmon fishermen. In 1990 Trey Comb's great work
"Steelhead Fly Fishing" described several weight-forward "Spey" lines.
This book sparked an explosion of interest in two-hand rods with West Coast
steelhead anglers. In the last 15-years the development of lines
for two hand rods has gone through many phases and is still rapidly
evolving. Weight-forward lines are now more popular than double
tapers. These weight-forward lines come in many styles and
configurations. Matching lines to rods can be quite confusing. New
systems are evolving to cope with this problem.
This point was driven home this afternoon while trying a brand new 13' 9" rod rated for 7/8/9 line. I asked one of my shop guys, who had actually designed this rod while working for this manufacturer which size Rio Skagit Spey line to use. He said, "8/9. Add a 5' Skagit Cheater". Bill Krueger, long time friend and client was first to try it. It worked smooth and easy for him. A while later I took a couple of shots and easily sent the 15' sink tip and bulky fly to the 90' mark. Bill fished this outfit the rest of the day and commented several times how much he liked it. I tried it again at the end of the day and could easily reach the 90'+ mark in a stiff breeze. That's the 47' head and 45'-50' of shooting line pasted the rod tip. With this line the rod loaded deeply to where the "big power" lies. However managing 45'-50' of shooting line is a bit much when you are wading. The long loops trail far enough down stream that you can hook them with the fly while casting. Then I thought, "If the head of the line were longer, I won't have to shoot so much line". The 8/9 Skagit Spey was replaced with an 8/9/10 WindCutter which has a 54' head. Theoretically I should now have to shoot 7' less line to reach the same water. I have used WindCutters a lot. The change should have been easy. It wasn't. It was a dog. I could barely reach 80'. Then it was time to leave for the take-out. The incident left me wondering why these lines from the same manufacturer should offer such radically different performances from the same rod. Part of the answer became clear when Rio's line chart was examined. The heads of the two lines (as I used them) were radically different weights. According to the chart the 8/9 Skagit with a 5' Cheater and 15' 9-weight tip weighs a total of 747 grains. The head of a WindCutter 8/9/10 weighs 585 grains. That's 162 grains or nearly 22% different. The 8/9 Skagit (as it was rigged) compares to the 10/11/12 WindCutter which weighs 750 grains.
The comparison puzzled me until I realized that the Skagit is sold without tips or attachments and the WindCutter is sold as a complete package. So when you add a Cheater and a 9-weight tip the weight goes up. If you add up the weight of parts of each line you come up with the figures below.
If the rod had been designated to throw a 750 grain line there wouldn't have been as much confusion. Of course now that I am thinking within those parameters things could get easier.
Every rod will deflect a predictable amount when loaded with a specific weight of line. This is how the rod stores energy for the cast. The rod becomes a spring that is bent. Some rods are very sensitive to line weight, others maybe not so much.
Last winter Ed Ward showed me one of his innovations. It was a set of 1-foot long pieces of fly line belly looped at each end. The weight of each piece had been memorized. Pieces could be added or subtracted from experimental lines until they matched a specific rod perfectly.
Seems it would be easier to design each rod for a specific load...or how many grains it took to load it properly. Some manufacturers are thinking that way. I'm hearing rumors.
|Skagit Spey w/5' Cheater & WindCutter Tip||WindCutter Spey|
|Model||Tip Weight||Head Weight||Model||Tip Weight||Weight Grains|
proposed tolerances were +/- 30 grains.
|RIO Spey Line Technical Information and Tip Weights|
|Body||Body||Tip 2||Tip 1||Body||Tip 2||Tip 1||Body||Tip 1|
|Size||5 ft.||10 ft.||Size||Length||Weight|
|All weights in grains +/- 5%||#12||13.5 ft.||225|
4-day Spey Rod
Steelhead PhD Class
Spend 4 days on the Deschutes River with:
Mark Bachmann, Brian Silvey and
August 29, 30, 31, September 1, 2005
Late August/early September is prime time for the stretch of river we will be fishing.
This school intends that you will graduate with extensive proprietary knowledge of steelhead fishing and spey rod casting.
We will camp on
prime water and we will have walking and boat access to miles
|Price: $1895 per person.||Non-Refundable Deposit: $399||Balance Due: $1496 by 08/01/05|
|ST-PHD-2005||4-day PHD steelhead class with Mark Bachmann, Brian Silvey and Andy Murray, August 29, 30, 31 and September 1, 2005.||$399|
||Despite very wet weather, a big crowd turned out for Super Sage Day, April 16 at The Fly Fishing Shop. George Cook our Sage rep kept everyone entertained while they tried out new rods and improved their skills. The barbeque went off without a hitch because of our covered area. Steve Morris won the rod raffle and chose a Sage 1090-4Xi2. The lucky guy is headed for Belize next week. Thanks for your help George.|
The Fly Fishing Shop, Welches, OR
Fish long & prosper,
Mark Bachmann, Patty Barnes