Huge UPDATED Trade-In List, 25% Off Selected Loomis, Rumors, PayPal, and Lots More in this installment of the News Flash…..
Let me tell you about the great lake trout rout. Ever had the “world’s worst day fishing” while everyone around you was reeling them in? Same lures, same fishing technique, same everything. Nothing worked. I mean n-o-t-h-i-n-g. Zilch. Nada. Zip. Well, let me tell you about the great lake trout rout.
We were fishing in Crow Lake just north of Nestor Falls, Ontario. This is one absolutely beautiful lake. Crystal clear where you can see down to 15-20 ft when the wind is light. Cold. Very, very cold. And deep. Lots of drop offs and reefs. Lake trout, smallmouth’s,
and big musky.
We put in about 8 AM that pleasantly warm August morning and within 15 minutes were showing lake trout stacked near the bottom “like cordwood” (as Keith liked to say) on the old paper graph. Using 6 ½ ft medium heavy casting rods and Shimano Calcutta’s we would press the line release and let these 1 ½ oz football jigs free fall to the bottom and then reel up fast.
My buddy Keith and I along with my oldest daughter’s boyfriend Mark (who was a cracker jack fisherman) were dropping jigs down to 80-100 ft and quickly reeling them back up. The lake trout would hit on the retrieve like a runaway freight train. Set the
hook! Set the hook again. And again. Hard!
By noon Keith and I each had caught about 8 to 10 trout ranging in weight from 5 lbs to 12 lbs. And the boyfriend Mark? Zip. His face soon became distorted and I’m he suspected we were doing something radically different. But we weren’t. We brought him with us so he could experience the thrill of a “freight train” strike down 100 ft that could
easily pull the rod right out of your hands. What the heck was going on?
Keith and I both took turns scrutinizing Mark’s technique. How he was holding his rod,
ow quick he was reeling up, even how high (or low) he held his rod. We looked at everything we possibly could. We changed fishing positions in the boat. We even quit fishing intermittently so he had the hole to himself. But still no hits, no fish. As soon as Keith and I started fishing again the trout hit, sometimes one on each of our lines at the same time. But Mark was still in the zero column.
Now getting skunked is not new to any fisherman. We all experience days like that even when we drawn deply into the depths of our fishing knowledge. It just happens. But this was simply weird. The fish were down there. Keith and I were having what could best be described as one of our best lake trout days ever, and we fish together for years. But poor Mark was totally frustrated, but trying so hard.
Finally, after our “score” was over 30 lakers we switched rods with Mark. First Keith handed his over to him and fished Mark’s rod. Now you know this is coming…..Keith catches the largest lake trout of the day on the third drop using Mark’s rod! Mark? Still zip. So I switch rods with him. No, I didn’t catch one even bigger, but neither did Mark. Still Mark = 0
This scenario went on all afternoon. We rechecked Mark’s technique, measured his retrieve speed, checked his hands for grease or some foreign substance, asked if he was wearing cologne, had him stand and then sit, change positions in the boat, sing “Here Little Fishy”, dance a jig with his finger in his ear. You name it, we tried it. In 40 years of fishing I had just never seen anything like this. And I hope I never will again.
By 5 PM we were done and heading back to the cabin. Final score: Keith 24 lakers, me
20 lakers, Mark zero. It was sad. We arrived back at the cabin where my oldest daughter was eager to hear about her boyfriend’s great fishing expedition and Mark’s anticipated success over two older guys. Keith looked at me, I looked at Keith, we both looked at Mark. And laughed!
Now old guys can do this, but Mark was just about 20 years old at this time and took
this pretty hard. My daughter looked at both Keith and I very suspiciously. Had we “set him up”? That was so cruel. What had gotten in to us? Two old guys picking on the “kid”. We should “be ashamed” she scolded. But hey, we didn’t do anything! We really wanted him to catch ALL the fish.
To this day I have never figured that day out. It was impossible to understand. Every once in a while Keith and I would retell this tale and shake our heads years later – and laugh. Never saw anything like it since. Keith passed away a few years ago and I sure miss my pal. I don’t think I ever spent more time in a boat with anyone more than I did with Keith. Our daughter broke up with Mark. It wasn’t over the fishing trip (I don’t think). She may remember Mark, but I doubt the “lake trout rout”.
Life goes on, but every once in a while something happens that you just can’t forget, or maybe don’t want to. This was one of those experiences that has stayed with me ever since. And there are a lot more. Most having to do with fishing and the fun and
itement that accompany this great sport. Any day on the water always has the potential to create memories that will last a lifetime. Even if those memories are as unexplainable as this one was.
Our G. Loomis 25% off sale is still on. Plenty of great stuff, especially some top end GLX fly rods and Loomis Luggage. We’ve also addressed the many rumors that seem to have popped out of the woodwork concerning G. Loomis. Be sure to read this article. We also have some other info that we think you will enjoy. And as always, we thank all of you for being the world’s best customers and friends!
Check Out our HUGE, Just Updated List of Trade-In Rods, Reels, and Fly Rods……………..
The “enhanced value” trade-in special is now over. If you received a quote for trading in your rods or reels during this special you have 2 weeks to make your trade. After that trade in values must be requoted at the “normal” trade-in values we use the rest of the year. As you can imagine these higher values have produced a HUGE quantity of quality trade-ins. Many, many bargains on current as well as hard-to-find discontinued rods and reels.
Brands such as G. Loomis, St. Croix, Shimano, Daiwa, Abu Garcia, Kistler, Castaway, Pfleuger, Quantum, All Star, Lamiglas, Falcon, Fenwick, Penn, Sage, Orvios, and lots more are all now on this New List.
If you haven’t done so yet, be sure to take a look at the complete list on our web site. Just go to the home page and scroll down to the Trade-In box and then Click The Link. These rods and reels sell extremely fast, so don’t be disappointed. Just drop us an email or call us at 1-877-402-6350 Toll Free (or 1-812-402-6350 toll) and well make sure you get the items you want. As may dad used to say, “the early bird get the worm”. The sooner you act the better the chance you’ll get what you want!
Our G. Loomis 25% OFF Sale Is Still Going On………
Two weeks ago we announced our 25% off sale on ALL G. Loomis discontinued rods and accessories. Your response has been overwhelming. So, we asked the factory if they had anything else and guess what? They did! We just got in another 121 rods, so be sure to check out the newest selection. We have many more fly rods including the RoaringRiver GLX Stingers. As we did 2 weeks ago, here are all the links you will need to find all of the sale items:
The Fine Print:
1) If it is not shown on sale then it is a current item and cannot be discounted
2) USA shipping on sale rods is as noted on the item unless you also buy a non-sale rod in which case shipping will be free to a USA address
3) The free hat offer does apply to sale rods
4) Quantities are limited to what is in stock. When it’s gone it’s Gone
5) Sale expires when quantities are exhausted
6) Ebay items are not eligible nor will they be marked at the sale price
7) Trade-Ins cannot be applied to new Loomis items at the sale prices. They can be applied to all Loomis items at the normal retail price
8) All G. Loomis rods Include the Full G. Loomis Lifetime Warranty and will be repaired or replaced with a current model if damaged. All G. Loomis Luggage Includes the G. Loomis 1 year Warranty and will be replaced or repaired if damaged.
We Now Accept PAYPAL Along with All Major Credit Cards……………
Sometimes we forget to mention the obvious which certainly applies to us in this case. We have been accepting PayPal as a way to pay for your purchases for over 2 years, but simply forgot to tell everyone. Oops!
So take notice that we gladly accept PayPal for any and all on line purchases. If you don’t have a PayPal account you really need to look into getting one. The great thing about PayPal is you never have to give credit card details to anyone, even when buying on line. PayPal
has a great buyer protection plan and in our opinion is a additional level of protection for you, the customer. Take a look at www.paypal.com to see just what you have been missing!
The Absolutely REMARKABLE Shimano CUMULUS Rods are Now In Stock……………..
We are quickly selling down the Just Introduced Shimano Cumulus Rods. There are 6 models, 3 casting and 3 spinning. Each rod id designed for ONE line weight and is a departure from any rod previously produced By Anyone!
With their absolutely unbelievable light weight, super sensitivity, and unique reel seats these rods have to be seen (and felt) to be believed. Trust us when we tell you, “try one, you’ll love it!
G. Loomis RUMORS and The TRUTH………………..
Ever since G. Loomis rods became scarce and in short supply starting around October, 2008 the “rumor mill” has been rampant with all sorts of misinformation, most claiming to have come from “reliable” industry sources. Whatever could be imagined regarding Loomis seemed plausible and often possible as rod supplies became scarce and communication from Loomis even more scarce. Sort of the perfect storm for the rumor mills to build on.
Well, enough is enough. It’s time to set the record straight and dispel all of the junk that is being disseminated on blogs, in tackle shops, and between others who pass on rumor as fact. Although we are in no way owned or controlled by G. Loomis, American Legacy Fishing is pretty close to G. Loomis since our very existence is tied to this brand. Hardly a day goes by where
we haven’t had a discussion or exchanged emails regarding G. Loomis with folks at the G. Loomis Woodland, Washington factory or the parent company, Shimano. So take a few minutes to read this article so you will know the facts
rather than the fiction.
First and foremost, EVERY G. Loomis rod is still made and will continue to be made in Woodland, Washington. This is the ONLY place Loomis rods have been or are made.
The blanks for every rod are 100% USA made in this plant. No Loomis rod
has ever been made any place else. Nor has there ever been a G. Loomis rod made with blanks from anywhere except Woodland, Washington. More important, we have been assured that no Loomis rod will be made any place else.
Shimano did not just recently buy G. Loomis, but has owned this company for almost 13 years. As far as we know, Shimano has never dictated to G. Loomis what rods to make or how they were to be made. Moreover, the proprietary G. Loomis manufacturing technology has continually been improved over the years to address the evolving needs of fishermen. New rods that will be introduced this year are once again innovative and “all Loomis”.
The G. Loomis warranty has always been honored and will continue to be as it always
has. Your G. Loomis rod and it’s Limited Lifetime Warranty is as good today as it was when you bought the rod. When loomis was updating their manufacturing plant between
late 2008 and the middle of last year some rods sent in for warranty were indeed out of stock and warranty replacements were oftentimes backordered for several weeks if not months, but EVERY legitimate G. Loomis warranty claim was honored. The G. Loomis
warranty has not changed.
Effective December 1, 2009 the G. Loomis customer service department, marketing, accounting, and various other departments were moved to Shimano headquarters in Irvine, CA to better consolidate Shimano’s North American operations that include G. Loomis, Power Pro Braided Line, and Shimano. This also allowed the Woodland, Washington plant to focus on design, innovation, and timely delivery. At the same time
the Shimano sales force took over field representation for the G. Loomis and Power Pro brands. Since this consolidation new equipment has been added in Woodland and overall quality has improved making G. Loomis an even better product than the standard bearer it has been in the past.
Loomis is reorganizing their entire marketing program and as such may not be present at some events that we or our customers think they should have a presence at. We believe his is a temporary situation and soon you will see Loomis at many fishning events and shows. Present lack of attendance by Loomis is due to this reorganization, nothing
Neither G. Loomis nor Shimano have ever been in any financial distress. Shimano is a
very strong company with worldwide sales well over $2 billion annually. They are profitable and continue to innovate, encourage, and support product development in all of their companies including G. Loomis, Power Pro, Pearl Izumi, Shimano, etc.
As most of you know, we addressed the name “Loomis-Franklin” in an earlier newsletter. There is no connection whatsoever between G. Loomis and Loomis-Franklin, a product that is manufactured in Asia and distributed in parts of Asia, Europe,
Efective in 2010 G. Loomis has decided to NOT publish a paper catalog, but instead offer their catalog on a redesigned web site where customers will have the ability to download the complete catalog or whatever pages they deem appropriate.
Unfortunately this new web site is as yet not operable. We at American Legacy Fishing are disappointed about this, but are certain it will be up soon. Until then we are always available to assist with any questions or information you may need.
Finally, the association between G. Loomis and American Legacy Fishing Company is that of
independently owned G. loomis dealer and the manufacturer of the G. Loomis products, which is a division of Shimano North America. We, like all dealers, are bound by the policies set forth by G. Loomis/Shimano. We have no financial interest in G. Loomis/Shimano nor do they have any interest in American Legacy Fishing Company. We are both independent companies. That said, we enjoy a wonderful relationship with “the factory” and share a common interest in promoting the world’s best fishing rods and accessories as well as the wonderful sport of fishing.
Hopefully this information will be as eagerly passed on as many of the rumors from the past. If you have any questions or concerns both American Legacy Fishing Company and G. Loomis/Shimano will be happy to address them.