2007 ICAST Rod Coverage
ICAST Coverage Day 3 (Rods) - Let the Rod Wars Begin!
Introduction: Did the reel's hold any surprises this year? A few, but for
the most part the players were the same and the product simply entered yet another
phase in maturity. It was here in the rod category that the battle lines were
really drawn. The players here are as different as can be, with well established
companies like G.Loomis and Lamiglas representing the "old guard," and brands
like Dobyns and e21 that are up and coming contenders. First blood has been
drawn, so let the rod wars begin!
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coverage and we are adding to the article "live" we have provided quick-link
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We start with the benchmark for quality,
performance, and service... none other than the wildly popular G.Loomis. Never
one to stray far from their designs they have been branded as conservative at
times by enthusiast anglers, but nobody can argue that Loomis hasn't taken their
eye off the ball when it comes to delivering a premium product. Sure it might
not have all the custom rod features that are all the rage, but then should it?
Loomis rods have a near cult
following, and for good reason...they know how to build a great rod and haven't
deviated from that goal
Just as many anglers would shun Loomis as
those that would embrace them if radical change was brought forth. More than
likely if a vote were taken on this site the odds would probably swing in favor
of simply adding new lines of application specific product rather than a
complete revamp. There are many an angler that say "don't mess with my Loomis,"
as each and every Loomis rod is above all consistent.
Finally Cal has a Loomis swimbait
stick to add to his arsenal
This year as expected Loomis didn't make any
huge changes, like Shimano for example with their more custom-like Camura
you needed anymore evidence that the swimbait craze is in full effect
nationwide, you need look no further than Woodland, Washington and G.Loomis. For
years, swimbait anglers have been using a variety of sticks from this
manufacturer’s saltwater and river series rods only to wonder, when is G.Loomis
going to offer a REAL swimbait stick. Well, the wait is over. Debuted rather
quietly during this past spring in a Southern California consumer tackle show,
G.Loomis unveiled their full line of four swimbait rods to the greater public at
this year’s ICAST.
Three of these four rods
will be seven feet eleven inches in length while the remaining one rod will be
seven feet six inches. All these rods are one piece sticks and range in power in
the G.Loomis scale from 4 up to 7 covering baits from half an ounce up to ten!
Loomis's new swimbait sticks are
designed to be light to reduce the fatigue associated with chucking these
The goal of these big bait
sticks? Minimize angler fatigue by providing a rod that is as light as possible,
yet maintain the ability to really launch big baits and muscle in your catch.
Prices range from $235 - @250 and the rods are already making their way to
Greenwater is going beyond the
flats and this year the series expands with new inshore rods
Also new from G.Loomis
this year, the expansion of their Greenwater Inshore Series with the
introduction of GLX models for added sensitivity and featherweight feel. All
three of these new Greenwater GLX sticks will be spinning rods ranging from
seven to seven feet ten inches in length built with the afore mentioned GLX
blank and the REC Recoil guides. Prices will range from $385 to $395 and
the rods will be introduced to market this quarter.
Loomis returns to its roots and
introduces 12 brand new steelhead rods
Perhaps the most exciting
news for the G.Loomis faithful is the return of this company’s attention to what
made them famous at the very beginning. G.Loomis introduces 12 new steelhead
rods as a celebration of their 25th Anniversary. Gary Schaefer tells
us, “these new steelhead rods are faster, lighter, and extremely sensitive.
We’ve made the rods that Gary Loomis always wanted – what better way to
acknowledge him for everything he’s accomplished in the fishing rod business?”
Price range on the new Steelhead series will be from $285 to $350.
David Brinkerhoff holds the new
swimbait stick, which is sure to be big hit here on the West Coast
Anglers adept at the
enduring and unique technique of center pin fishing will be excited to know that
this year, G.Loomis is introducing four models of extra long “Great Lakes” style
center pin rods built from GLX blanks and REC Recoil guides. These rods will
range from 11’3” to 15’ in length and promise to answer the call for premium,
high performance, Center pinning rods for anglers targeting steelhead not just
in and around the Great Lakes, but really, anywhere this technique may apply.
Next Section: Lamiglas and Dobyns team up