Length: 9ft 6in
Line Weight: 4 - 8lb
Lure Weight: 1/16 - 3/8oz
The ultimate light-line steelhead spinning rod. It has the perfect action to handle really light line and a subtle power, much like that of a fly rod, that tires the fish very quickly. It was originally designed for the Northwest technique known as boondogging, where boat anglers free-drift, down current, the same speed as the river. This allows the bait to maintain a drag-free drift beside the boat. The technique requires a lot of sensitivity and a more forgiving rod because the fish will drop the bait the minute it feels any resistance. It works well for both winter and summer-run fish.
These are the rods that put G.Loomis on the map. They are light, sensitive and extremely efficient. In our opinion, the two most important factors in a steelhead rod are sensitivity and line control. Itâ€™s amazingâ€¦ as big as these fish are, their bite is so subtle that if you donâ€™t have an extremely sensitive rod you can miss a lot of fish. Drift fishermen, whether fishing from a boat or the shore, face many variables. Water levels fluctuate depending on the weather. Some rivers are low and clear, requiring light line and a stealthy approach, while others are big and more off color, allowing heavier gear and no finesse at all. Rod length is important! Anglers fishing small coastal streams can get by with a short rod while longer rods work much better on big rivers. A longer rod gives you a more direct angle of entry into the water and that means less line drag from the current. Less drag means more sensitivity and knowing what's going on at the end of your line is what makes the difference. G.Loomis steelhead rods are designed with a dynamic, sensitive tip and a moderately powered butt that allow you to fish a variety of line weights and lure sizes. We make several different lengths and power-ratings, giving you numerous options for most fishing conditions. Select the rod that best matches your requirements giving careful consideration to the different levels of graphite performance.