G. Loomis is a rod company based in Woodland, Washington. Loomis was founded by Gary Loomis and eventually sold to Shimano. Today, under the watchful eye of rod designer Steve Rajeff, G. Loomis makes some of the finest fly rods in the world right here in the USA. All Loomis rods are made at the Loomis headquarters in Woodland, Washington. If you’re fishing dry flies, nymphs, streamers, for big fish or small fish, Loomis makes a fly rod for you.
One of Loomis’ most expensive rod series’ to date is the G. Loomis Asquith. The Asquith one of the lightest most technologically advanced fly rods in the industry today. The blank of the rod is built using Shimano’s new Spiral-X technology. This tech makes the rod lighter, more powerful, and more sensitive. The Asquith also boasts top-quality fit and finish with Fuji SiC stripping guides, titanium, and nickel snake guides, a custom bamboo reel seat on smaller rods and an anodized aluminum reel seat on saltwater rods. These fly rods are insanely versatile and Loomis makes them in rod weights from 4 through 12 for freshwater and saltwater applications. If you’re familiar with G. Loomis odds are you know about the Asquith.
Another well-known rod series by G. Loomis is the Loomis NRX series. Again, this series comes in saltwater and freshwater rod models. The NRX Lite Presentation (freshwater) comes in line weights from 3 through 5. These rods are made for delicate presentations and long casts. The LP tracks near perfectly for incredible accuracy. The rods are also extremely lightweight. The NRX LP includes select species cork, an anodized aluminum reel seat, and a high-performance blank design. If you’re planning on targeting finicky trout on a dry fly, you’d be hardpressed to find a rod that outperforms the NRX LP.
The saltwater NRX is one of the most versatile saltwater fly rods in the market. The NRX Salt comes in rod models from 7 through 12 with 4 different handle options. These rods are fast action and built to last with quality componentry and a durable blank design. The stiff blank design and fast tapers make casting tight loops into the wind easy. This is a rod that will get your fly in front of the fish no matter the weather conditions. The NRX Salt also has an incredible strength-to-weight ratio.
Loomis makes a stellar mid-priced fly rod series, too, called the G. Loomis IMX Pro. The IMX Pro was designed with pro guides in mind and includes 10 different rod models from a 4 weight to an 8 weight. These rods were made for every freshwater fishing application. The IMX Pro is well balanced, light in hand, and has a positive feel without sacrificing durability. The IMX Pro also comes in streamer specific rod models called the IMX Pro Streamer as well as a Short Spey series. This rod was designed for a huge variety of freshwater applications and succeeds in its purpose-driven design.
G. Loomis rods, made in the USA, have truly shaped the fly fishing industry as we know it today. Loomis technology and Steve Rajeff’s vast experience in rod design makes Loomis one of the most forward-thinking and innovative contemporary rod companies.