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Hello everybody!
Its my first time I visit this site, great site!

My question is: Does anybody no what kind of rod is G.Loomis GLX Distance 14´6" line 10-11?
I just ordered it, havent seen it or cast it yet!
I could not fount any information on that rod anywhere? I know its made for scandinavian style/spey.
I have one 15´ GLX allready, but this should be something different. I fish a lot in Gaula(Norway) and some other big rivers in Finland, Sweden and Norway. GLX Distance should be great for big rivers and for long casting?
Have any of You casted whit this baby?
Thanks!
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Hello, Finnfly - welcome to this site, I can assure you its a great place for us Scandinavians involved in "spey fishing", and a terrific chance to learn from our North American pals.

Re. the Loomis GLX Distance, I have just tried it once, on a rod demo day by Aktiv Fritid, the Scandinavian representative of Loomis. You might find the rod excellent on for instance the Tana/Teno, ( and on a flooded Gaula), where you need those reaaally long casts, often with a sinking line, to reach some lies in that huge river.

It seems that generally, the standard GLX series is considered a better spey rod, than the GLX Distance, which is really tough and stiff, and therefore looses some of that magic feel of the standard GLXs. For instance, the Syrstad brothers (the casting clinic in Orkla), don't like it. One of them recommended the rod primarily for really heavy fishing, sinking lines, big flies and mostly overhead casts. However, that do not mean that it is not possible to cast spey/undrrhand casts. But be sure to load the rod enough!

Maybe you will like the rod anyhow, be sure to make up your own opinion, and dont turn down on it because of my opinions given here.

Tight lines..
 

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Thanks!
Thats what Im looking for ( heavy action rod in extreme conditions).
I think that Rio Windcutter will work well on GLX Distance?
Im gonna go Teno river in mid June and then In Gaula (Stören, HageVald) in mid August.
Lets see how it will do!
I have many 13´- 15´rods ( Vision, Sage, Scott and Loomis), but like you said it is really strong rod for heavy lines!
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Hello FinnFly,

I fished a friend's Distance on a few occations in early June on the Rynda and Kharlovka. I did not like it. It is stiff and boring and really feels more like a rod for show-off casting than one for fishing.

I reached as far or further with my GLX 15'6" or T&T 16´using the same lines, with added line control as a bonus.

I suggest that you immediatly cancel that order and swap it for a GLX 15'6". Then you have a rod that takes you right through the season on a big river - the butt has enough flex to let you use finer leaders and floating line aside from the stouter stuff. (My ol' friend Roland Holmberg uses little else on the Gaula.)

If you are after a specialist rod for really deep and dirty work I would look at the T&T 12' for a 12 weight line. It is a real little beast that punches a 850 grain line out further than any long rod I own or have tried. I use it a lot for the the early fishing and love it - but it needs 550 grain, or even a 700, line to start working.
It is a sensational feeling to single spey those heavy lines +120' without having to worry about the rod snapping!

"Tight lines"

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Hello Per!

I have to say that I have been thinking that... the main reason I asked here about the rod in first place. I wasn´t sure that I will like that...If that rod is really stiff and doesn´t have the feeling of GLX, I might have to cancell that order. Its no problem cause I work in flyfishing store in Finland...hmmm.... :(

Then there is two other rods that Im interested. Sage 16´GIII (european style) or Winston 13´ for 400€ !
Winston is extreamly nice rod for small rivers like Reppafjorelva and Borselva, where I fish alot.

Lets see...:rolleyes:

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A possible way for you fellows to save more than a few bucks.

It's been known to happen::D

You find the rod you want here in the States (probably on sale or on EBay), rod is puchased via credit card and shipped to another Board member, who in turn re-ships to you. You'll probably get a far better price on "this side of the Pond," and you'll duck the VAT.

Average shipping I've had for 'forewarded products' was about $35.00 US to Europe for two-three day shipping. Package comes with a Happy Birthday toooo You, Happy Birthday TTTTTToooooooooo You card included with the rod tube .... just in case someone does happen to ask. Which no one has as of this point. You say: 'But it's not my birthday?' So what about your wife, daughter, son, Uncle Heinrick, etc.

'We Americanski Capitalists haf our vays.'

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