Valentine's Day trout on a new Edge rod
So, I am a spoiled boy.
My first fly rod was a G Loomis one-piece 12-weight my wife got me for tarpon. It was a great rod, and my next was a G Loomis 8-weight. I love them, but they cost about $800 now. Overall, I switched to Temple Fork rods, and have been happy with them for a decade. I have probably about 8 TFO's (8, 10, 12). I generally recommend TFO as a great inexpensive rod in the $300 range.
Like any fly fisher, I am drawn to the glamour and promises of the expensive rods. Thomas and Thomas Exocet, Orvis Helios, Sage Salt ... supposedly they offer long, effortless casts of even heavy flies in all winds. But they are running about $900 now.
I have a very imperfect cast. I overpower the rod with my right hand, and don't double-haul with enough scope. I am basically throwing the fly line like a spear, rather than shooting it like a bow.
I tried the new TFO Axion II-X. A little more expensive ... new technology. But it felt like spaghetti in my hand. I sent it back. As an aside, I think the quality of the rods, and customer service of TFO has been dropping a LOT over the last few years. A VERY lot.
Anyway, I saw the new Edge rods advertised in my Instagram feed.
They are designed and sold by Gary Loomis himself. He has some hand in the design of G Loomis (and TFO) I think.
I guess they retail for about $800, but with a variety of discounts I got a new 8-weight for about $400.
It has a weird graphite handle (which seems fine), and is very light.
I used it this weekend and I will say it casts very well in heavy winds, even despite my casting flaws.
Caught a pompano, and a bunch of sea trout. Took trophy pics without rod in teeth!
This might be my go-to brand going forward. I wish it was a prettier rod! (I'd love it in blue or yellow!)
I would say it is a worthwhile consideration for someone who wants a $1000 rod byt doesn't want to pay that much.
grace finds goodness in everything ...