G Loomis Rod Weight
Fairly Frequently we are asked about a rod’s weight. When this happens we have two options. Either we weigh the rod on one of our very sensitive postal scales, or we call G. Loomis and ask the weight in the unlikely event we do not have the rod in stock. The REAL QUESTION we have is WHY DOESN’T G. LOOMIS PUBLISH ROD WEIGHTS like some other rod manufacturers? Sooooooooooo, we asked our “Expert-In-Residence” Product Manager Gary Schaefer to enlighten us. Here is his EXPERT answer:
I hate to get into the #’s game with people. My thing is I love to see the guys face light up when he holds onto the rod and says, “WOW”. All he knows is that it is the lightest thing that he has ever felt. There are rods out there that are getting lighter and some may even be a little lighter. But the light weight is not 100% of what a rod is. We factor weight as a very strong % of the overall performance triangle. But the other 2 sides are sensitivity and strength. You need to have a balance of these 3 entities to make the perfect rod.
There are guys out there that say that their rods are the lightest but are they strong enough. Some say that they are tough but are they heavy and do they transmit sensitivity through the rod. We balance that all out and make all three of those attribute a strength. So when someone asks what our weights are we say that it is as light as we can make it to keep the strength that you need for total performance.
What happens is if you rely totally on weight then it is a total #. The lighter the rod supposedly the better the rod is. That is not really the case. We do actually have a very light weight to strength ratio but to rank it on weight only would be wrong.
Some other things that are at risk on rod weights is that what causes more weight than anything else is the glue and finish that is added to the product. It is very difficult to control the amount of glue that the cork will take so the rods will fluctuate. We always had problems when we did quote weights when people would say that their rod was off from the printed weight. Their questions were,”Are you sure that I have the right rod”. So we took the weights off and let the rods speak for themselves.
- American Legacy carries a HUGE selection of G. Loomis rods in stock.