Tuesday, July 20, 2010

how fast is fast enough?


over years, I have accumulated some collection from fast rods to slow rods. Be honest with you, I love them all! I love the taste of butter sweet and slow action fiberglass, as well as fast, drop dead canon stick. Weird? no... just enjoy the full spectrum of the fly casting. One of my fast canon I love is this one... G Loomis GLX Crosscurrent 9 wt 9'. It's an amazing fast cast machine. This rod can really shoot a loooong bullet loop, yet, it is so light and sensitive that it cast 3 weight line! yes, 3 weight line and you feel the subtle load! The most misconceptual argument I have seen over years is that people always assume fast action rods are all built the same - canon = boom stick! Well... they only get a half picture of the great fast action rod. The really good action rod not only being canon (super stiff), but they still retain the superior sensitivity. What I mean sensitivity is you still can feel the subtle load from a lightest fly line and thus able to make a right casting timing... that is the reason I say this GLX CC 9 wt can cast 3 weight line all the way up!! No kidding! I will show a video later.
Another thing make this rod a superior fishing machine is the design concept. Several designs make me feel I am on the right track to switch Sage to G-loomis. Ha... yes I am! 1) the REC recoil guide. It really wonderful to have a smash free guide, for careless angler like me. 2) the cork shape just feel right on hand! It might look weird at first glance, but you will realize WHY it design this way in your first cast... it is promoting the "squeeze action", truth being told, the good caster is always being good "squeezer"! I love the handle shape a lot! 3) cordura rod tube to absorb the shock... The Sage aluminum tube might look elegant, but for traveler like me, light weight and shock free cordura tubes are the real life saver! Thanks Steve Rajeff for the great design! I really love this rod!

Hero, The man - Steve Rajeff!

4 comments:

flyfishingunlimited said...

Great post Mark...! The faster the taper, the finer the tip. The finer the tip, the easier it is to cast the lighter line.

I've always been more of a Loomis than Sage man (generally, I always liked the fine tips of Loomis tapers)...

BLUEANGLER said...

Well said! Vlad,

I agree! The fine tip is a crucial for the subtle sensitivity
Maybe we can do some test drive when we meet! I am really curious (and excited) about those beautiful CTS rods you have built! : )

flyfishingunlimited said...

For sure Mark...however not all are CTS, they came from different sources. I try different blanks and if they fulfill a specific purpose, that's great. Lots of good blanks out there, that's for sure...

BLUEANGLER said...

Oops...
Very cool Vlad,
I will love to learn those different blanks for sure! Wonderful!