Loop Cross SW Fly Rod Review
Everyone wants a saltwater fly rod faster than the rest, right? In a world of fast, faster, fastest, Loop replaced the Cross S1 Flatsman with the slightly faster Cross SW. The Cross SW was built based on feedback Loop received from guides and anglers alike and caters to the heavy-handed, long distance saltwater caster. Accurate 40-foot casts and more delicate presentations your style? Don’t worry, Loop thought of you, too. The Cross SW comes in a fast-action model AND a medium-fast model. An informed blank design with typical high-quality Loop fit and finish makes the Cross SW one of the top saltwater fly rods on the market. Read on to find out more.
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Fit and Finish
The Cross SW boasts classic Loop fit and finish. A full-wells grip made of high-grade cork, the trademark triangular three-pin Loop reel seat with an exposed skeletonized rod blank and a dark blue Loop blank perpetuate quiet Loop craftsmanship. The SW blank shows off an aesthetically pleasing smoke matte finish. Loop provides alignment dots and titanium stripping and snake guides to add easy functionality to a real work of art. Top quality fit and finish, the Loop way.
The swing weight of the Cross SW is slightly heavier than other comparable saltwater fly rods at 89.3 gm2. The full rod (8wt) weighs in at 4.53 ounces.
A perfect rod for flats casting up to 60 feet. The fast-action model makes more sense if you plan on routinely making 80-100 foot casts.
The medium-fast Cross SW is incredibly accurate at 40 feet; the soft rod tip allows a delicate presentation perfect for close bonefish on the flats. An equally as accurate presentation is unattainable at close range with the fast-action model. The SW softens even more past 40 feet and the accuracy slightly improves from 40-60 feet. The medium-fast model loses power from 60-80 feet, a range in which the faster-action model performs more accurately.
Flex and Feel
Loop’s signature Cross Core Technology System combines nano resin and high tensile carbon for effortless flex and feel. The medium-fast SW series promotes a quick casting stroke and holds energy in the middle of the rod rather than encouraging a tip-centered cast like the stiff, fast-action SW. The medium-fast SW is more caster-friendly at short-medium distances, in high onshore winds or whenever forceful power is required and has a more versatile overall semblance.
I really enjoyed SA Bonefish and I think any of the lighter lines out there, including Rio Bonefish, would also work well.
Lifetime warranty against material defects.
Feedback drives innovation. In the case of the Cross SW, Loop listened and produced. The Cross SW encourages pinpoint accuracy, artful delicacy, and (when needed) fast-action power to afford any angler the ability to attack an array of saltwater fly fishing opportunities. While the medium-fast rod probably isn’t your best bet when making casts beyond 80 feet, if you’re looking for a bread-and-butter rod for the full spectrum of flats fishing applications, the medium-fast Loop Cross SW may just be the one for you.
- Supurb casting accuracy/presentation
- Excellent fit and finish
- Medium-fast model loses power beyond 80 feet