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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 12-23-2001, 07:30 AM Thread Starter
 
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I am interested in purchasing my first spey rod.I really can't afford to run out and buy a top of the line rod yet and was wondering about a model I saw online at a flyshop in the states.The manufacturer is Loop and the model is the Adventure series.This rod was recently discontinued in favour of the new color concepts series.The Adventure is said to be medium/fast "european" action.It is a 14ft  9/10wt  3 piece that retailed for $300 US.I can pick one up for about $165 US.I'm not familiar with this rod or the differences between european and traditional actions in a spey rod.Could anyone give me some advise and opinions on this rod for a beginner?Also,what kind of reel should I be looking for?What are others favorite rod and reel combinations?Most of my fishing will be on rivers like the Thompson.Any help would be appreciated.Thanks. 
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 12-23-2001, 11:14 PM Thread Starter
 
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This rod and several others such as St. Croix and Cabelas FishEagle are all similar to the old 9140-3 Sage. That is, as mentioned, moderatly fast "Euro" action. They are good rods and the faster actions are well suited for casting sink tips, which you will appreciate on the Thompson. I don't want to use the "good rod for a beginner" phrase because all of these rods are deserving of more than that, but for $165 US, you can't hardly go wrong! Get it set up with a short belly multi-tip line and a decent reel and go fish.
 
As for reels, well, like women, so many to choose from, all good, some better, cost and personal preferences abound. Seriously though, some parameters to consider are capacity, weight & drag. Spey lines are fatter and longer so think big. Weight is not a problem for a Spey reel,  it is an asset in balancing out the long rod. Drag systems, I think, are a matter of personal preference. We have all heard the "lose the fish of a lifetime due to a faulty, inferior or malfuntioning drag" argument. Yet there are those who still prefer to fish with simple click pawl, palming rim reels. Asthetics again, a personal thing. Some really nice reels out there look like they might be more at home on the space capsile, others look like they belong in a muesem. Check out Dana's Spey Pages for reviews.
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post #3 of 8 (permalink) Old 12-24-2001, 06:52 PM Thread Starter
 
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New bie to this board, been fly fishing for forty years, 20 years for Midwest salmon, steelhead, trout.  I am located in Chicago, IL  USA.
 
Trying to find a US or Canadian retailer of Loop Fly Rods.  Went to their web site and their references to US retailers only showed them selling Loop fly reels, no fly rods.
 
Any help would be appreciated as I see these rods have been given good write ups but appear to be mainly marketed in Europe.
 
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post #4 of 8 (permalink) Old 12-24-2001, 08:27 PM Thread Starter
 
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I've tried to find one as well.  The only source I've seen for the Adventure series, is eBay. Somebody has a load of them and has been flogging them steadily for months.  Here's the URL.
 
 
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post #5 of 8 (permalink) Old 12-24-2001, 09:06 PM Thread Starter
 
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Ron Larson in Oregon is their US distributor.  The links on the home page of this site gives his email and phone number.  Phone is 541-673-9810.  I talked to him last spring, and he thought that he would be getting the new rods this past fall.  However they have a  one-year limited warranty which might cause a bit of reluctance on the dealers part
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post #6 of 8 (permalink) Old 12-24-2001, 09:57 PM Thread Starter
 
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I just bought one of the Loop Adventure series spey rods on E-bay for $165.For that price I figured I can't go wrong.The place selling them is a Loop distributor in the US called Stone Creek Ltd.The shop told me these are very good rods and retailed originally for $400 US.The rod is a 14ft 9/10 with a medium/fast "european" action.They said that it will handle an 11 or 12 wt line as well.Does anyone have any suggestions for me on the size reel to get with this rod.Also any recommendations on lines.I want a type of change-tip system to adjust to different conditions. 
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post #7 of 8 (permalink) Old 12-25-2001, 01:20 AM Thread Starter
 
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Thanks that was on my list to check next, went
through the whole web yesterday (it felt like that anyway)  there must be
some place.  North America is probably the number 2 market in the
world after Europe for spey fisherman.  They have to be distributing here
somewhere.
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post #8 of 8 (permalink) Old 12-25-2001, 07:32 AM Thread Starter
 
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Any Loop dealer can get the new color concept double-handed rods for you. They may only show the fly reels, but they can get the rods. All of the double-haded series are now in the United States.

These rods have a five year warranty and it states that you will be charged no more than $25.00 for the repair or replacement. Eventually, I believe every warranty will be like this because if it takes more than five years for a rod to break, it isn't the manufacturer's fault.

If you cannot find a dealer willing to get these for you, either contact Ron Larson or send me an [email protected]
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