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The G. Loomis Pro 4X 1088-4 is the best of both worlds! (continued)

Power:  The rod demonstrates excellent power for an 8 weight while fighting fish.  I never stuck any large quarry during testing, but I can tell it has ample fighting power.  Some mid priced fly rods have embarrassingly weak backbone for their given line ratings, so it was refreshing that this one has some guts.  Don't hesitate to use this rod for juvenile Tarpon or Snook around the mangrove roots.

 
The up locking rings are very easy to lock down tight thanks to the generous flanges to improve grip.

Price, warranty, applications:  With a $350 price tag, the G. Loomis Pro 4X 8 weight represents an excellent value.  The $300 price range is somewhat sparse in the world of high performing fly rods, with most of the true hot rod sticks costing north of $500.  The build quality of this rod for the moderate price also helps make it such a great value for the money.


The included rod tube and sock are extremely nice and look cool too.

All Pro 4X rods feature not only the standard warranty against defects in materials and workmanship, but also includes the exclusive “Wild Card”.  If the rod should break for any reason, this card entitles you to a one time, free, no questions asked over the counter exchange for a brand new rod of the same model.


Landing a fish on the beach with the Pro4X

As an excellent performing 8 weight, the versatility of this rod is magnified even greater.  Steelhead, Bass, Bonefish, Redfish, Snook, Stripers, and big Alaska Rainbows are just some of the species within it's sights.  Fly rods in 5 and 8 weight sizes are arguably the most versatile you can own.

Ratings: (We've re-calibrated our ratings standard for 2008 and have included a key at the bottom of the following matrix as a guide)

G.Loomis Pro 4X 1088-4 Fly Rod Ratings (?/10)

Construction/Quality Excellent build quality throughout the rod. 9
Performance An extremely smooth rod to cast.  I was surprised it was able to cast both short and long with ease. 8.5
Price An excellent performance value! 8
Features Solid design and components for the price.  This rod shares some traits and materials with the flagship NRX series.  The excellent rod tube and Wild Card warranty service make it even sweeter. 9
Design (Ergonomics) Comfortable and lightweight.  The grip and fighting butt are sized perfectly. 9
Application This rod will be able to tackle many species from Largemouth to Bonefish. 9

Total Score

8.75
Ratings Key: 1 = terrible : 2 = poor : 3 = lacking : 4 = sub par : 5 = mediocre : 6 = fair : 7 = good : 8 = great : 9 = excellent : 10 = unbelievable!
For More Details of the updated rating system visit our explanation here


Pluses and Minuses:

                 Plus                                    Minus

+ Attractive appearance - Could be a tad crisper/faster
+ Light in hand  
+ Great performer  
+ Wild Card warranty service  
+ Excellent value  

 


Sight fishing Snook in shallow water is a blast with the 1088-4 Pro 4X!

 

Conclusion: G. Loomis continues to be one of the leaders in fishing rod innovation and design.  With some magic from the G. Loomis design team, this mix of old school GL3 and cutting edge NRX material just flat out works.  Not only is the 1088-4 Pro 4X a real winner, but it represents a very strong value at a mid range price point.  With several premium rods now surpassing the $700 mark, and a few spey rods even eclipsing $1,000, many fly fishers are left scratching their heads wondering if they need to spend a small fortune to achieve excellent performance and build quality.  The honest answer is NO.  While the top rods usually do perform at a top level and bring along a certain amount of prestige, I can personally say that certain moderately priced fly rods can easily meet or at least come very close to the performance of these top tier rods.  The 1088-4 Pro 4X is without a doubt one of these rods, and is one of the best overall values seen in awhile. 


 

 

 

 

 

 
 





 

 



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