I bought my first spey rod in 2002. It was a Loop Yellow Line. I bought it because Loop spends an inordinate amount of time and money researching, developing and improving their products, and it was the one rod that had really helped me get into spey fishing. They were, and still are, at the forefront of rod technology, and they have been pulling on all the other companies to keep up.
These rods are beautiful, powerful, smooth and as fun to cast as any other spey rod on the market.
Here is what Loop has to say about them:
The new Loop Cross S1 fly rod series is the single most important revolution to occur in fly fishing
since we introduced the large arbor reel over 20 years ago. It’s that big!
If the large arbor provided revolutionary function that made the fly reel exponentially better, you won’t believe the difference Cross S1 construction makes with fly rods. We could write an entire book on the adventure that has led to the Cross S1 series of fly rods. We could look up and write down all the available superlatives that are yet unused by other manufacturers (not many left nowadays), but the only way to truly describe what we mean is to hand one to you and let you test it for yourself. If there has ever been a time in our history of development of high-performance fly fishing gear where Loop merited a "look” and a test from the fly fishing world, it is now. Over a period of two years we have developed these fly rods where we used the new 3M™ Powerlux™ Composites. The result is amazing, the strength associated with the 3M™ Powerlux™ Composites generates a lightness and controllable elasticity that simply must be experienced.
We have carefully restricted the inherent elasticity of the Loop Cross S1 so that the rod is working evenly over a much wider range than other fly rods. We have managed to make super-strong featherweight fly rods, with an emphasis on fishing where the rod is working with minimum vibration through an entire load range – from close-in and out to even extreme distances. The design requires minimal input power where the rod does the job. It has never been so easy and taken so little effort to deliver precision loops at 10-meters or 30-meters while easily controlling the line or changing the pace of the cast.
**3M and Powerlux are trademarks of 3M Company.
- Black aesthetic Matte Smoke finish
- High-grade cork handle with cork mix reinforcements
- Triangular 3-pin aluminum reel seat in Gun Metal finish
- REC RSG Recoil stripping guides in Extra Strong Black Pearl finish
- REC RSNX Recoil snake guides in Extra Strong Black Pearl finish
- Delivered in a matching Gun Metal aluminum tube and cloth bag
*If choosing "other free line" let us know in the "special notes" section at checkout
*Line credit is $89.99, some lines have additional charge
*Some items may ship directly from Loop's warehouse in Idaho