American Legacy Fishing Company
NEWS FLASH – May 10, 2009
During this slowdown in the economy, Holt notes that G.Loomis has reinvested in quality training and production upgrades at its Woodland, Wash. facility, and will continue to strive for improvements in all areas of the company. “Our production plans include manufacturing custom rod blanks through the end of 2009, and then our complete focus will be on finished rods,” said Holt. “Our efforts at the plant over the past few months and this decision to exit the custom blank business prepares us well for when the global economy rebounds.”
Our take (and you knew there would be one) is that demand for the G. Loomis finished rods is so great that it really doesn’t make a lot of sense to offer blanks when they can barely keep up with finished rod demand. Are we unhappy? No, not really. Think about this: Almost ALL Premium and Super Premium rod manufacturers don’t offer blanks. You can’t buy blanks from Shimano, Daiwa, Megabass, Evergreen, Jackall, and many more. And we still think that Loomis rods, dollar for dollar, the the WORLD’S BEST FISHING RODS. So why should they be any different?
Reach-throw-row-go is a method of rescuing a person who falls overboard or an angler or swimmer in trouble.The first safety step is to REACH out with an oar, tree limb or other long object if the person is close to you. If you can’t reach the person, THROW them a life-saving device. This can be a boat cushion or ring. Tie it to the end of a line so that it helps you pull the person to safety. If a cushion or ring isn’t available, throw in anything that floats: plastic coolers, ski belts or even beach balls can be used in an emergency. If there is nothing to throw, ROW a boat to the person in trouble. Ideally, take someone else with you to help pull the person out of the water. The person should be pulled in over the stern, or back, of the boat. If the boat has a motor, shut it off before you attempt any water rescue. Don’t let the person try to climb in over the side of a small boat, it can tip the boat over. Instead, pull the victim over the stern, or back, of the boat. If the boat is small, you can also have the victim hang onto the gunwales, and tow him to shore. Swim out to save the person in trouble ONLY as a last resort and ONLY if you are an experienced lifeguard or have had life-saving training. Going into the water after someone is in trouble is dangerous. People who are drowning often panic and injure or even drown someone trying to rescue them. Going quickly for help is often the best choice.