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I see on the home page that there is going to be a Loomis rod review of some type. For those of you who have read my previous post I'm looking at trying a 14' 9wt glx and wanted to know what your opinions are of this rod. I'm very used to the glx line, all of my single handers are glx and have been extremely happy with them. For those of you who own this rod or have tried it, what are you impressions? I have an extra waterworks 3.5 that needs a rod. In your opinions would this rod be worth the money, I'm also considering casting the cnd steelhead specialist.
 

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The 14' 9/10 GLX is a very nice rod. It is a little bit slower than the 13', 15', and 15.5' GLX rods; but is still very much a fast 14 ft rod. It has that progressive loading characteristic of all the GLX single-hand rods as you push the rod for more distance and it never feels heavy in the hand. The 14' 9/10 GLX is a delight to cast and it handles any of the 9/10 short and mid-belly lines and 10 wt tips with ease.

I prefer the T&T 1409 over the 14' GLX though because the T&T 1409 is a little faster and is a 9 wt (or 8/9 wt) rod instead of a 9/10 rod like the GLX. Also, the T&T 1409 is available both as a 3-piece and a 5-piece making transporting the rod more convenient.

The T&T 1410 is the 10 wt (or 9/10 wt) in the T&T lineup that uses the same lines as the 14; 9/10 GLX and the T&T 1410 is a stronger and beefier rod by a small margin over the 14' 9?10 GLX. That said, I would be a happy man if I had to fish a 14' 9/10 GLX as a 14 ft rod the rest of my days eventhough I prefer the T&T by a slight margin.

The CND Steelhead Specialist at 14'4" is another 14' rod that I really like. It is a slight bit slower than the GLX or T&T; but it is also a delight to cast and is defintely a faster-action rod.

The Loop Blue And Loop Green Series 9140's are also very nice 14' 9wt rods. The Green Series is fast like the GLX and T&T with the Blue Series a very nice medium-action rod.

To avoid confusion, I own and fish both T&T and GLX single-hand and 2-hand rods because I like fast-action rods that progressively load down the blank as the casting load is increased and these are what I have found best suit my preference for fast-progressive rods.
 

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Thank you everyone for your input. I took out my friends 14' 9/10 glx to the river today for some test casts and it was awsome. It really has the action that I'm accustomed to in my single hand rods. I'm probably going to have to buy that model and sell the new sage 9140-4. I might even consider buying the 13' 8/9 for summer fishing. Thanks again for all your input.
 

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Flyjunky,

I use the 13' GLX 8/9 for summer fishing on small to medium rivers. It is a bit faster than the 14' GLX but still has that nice GLX action and feel. Amazing what a difference it makes when you cast a 2-hand rod with the action you already prefer in single-hand rods isn't it?

Peter,

I have found many folks putting 9/10 spey lines on the T&T 1409, which overloads the rod and slow it down out of its sweet spot. I suspect the one you cast has a 9/10 line on it instead of the 8/9 it was designed for. T&T, unlike other rod makers, puts the highest number of the more-or-less standardized 2-line designation for 2-handers on the rod; thus, 1409 means 14' for 8/9 spey line and 1510 means 15' for 9/10 spey line, etc.

Like you, I find the difference between these rods to be very subtle to the point of folks not accustomed to them needing to practically cast them side by side to really appreciate or notice the differences.
 

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use 8/9

Peter,

Put an 8/9 mid spey or Delta on the T&T 1409 and see if you'll like it more than the Gem or the GLX?

Try it and let us know.

-S
 

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I use a 10/11 Long Delta on my T&T 1409. However this was before they adjusted the grain weights a couple years ago so I am not sure what it is comparable to. I do like the 8/9 traditional on it though.

-sean
 

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Peter,

I'm of the opinion that if more folks took the time to cast different rods of the same relative length and line size, they would see how different rods compare to each other. They would also have the benefit of feeling slow, medium, and fast rods and thus know with certainty what is meant by fast, medium, and slow action instead of parroting manufacturer add copy. Doing so would also allow a person to see that if he likes a certain action in a single-hand rod, he will very likely like the same action action in a 2-hander and thus avoid buying rods ill suited to his preferences and casting style.

This would certainly go a long way to make action nomemclature more standardized and understandable. That way when a person says fast-action or slow action, or tip action, or progressive action many more people will know what is meant.

The first time I did the side by side casting with the same line and length rod it was with a GLX 15' 10/11 and a T&T 1511. The experience was invaluable. Immediately after casting these two rods, I cast a T&T 1409 and a Redington DFR 14' 9/10 along with a St. Croix 14' 9/10. As you said, it was a very educational experience.
 

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The GLX 14' 9/10 is a great choice, try an Airflo delta long (white)9/10, you'll fall in love with this set up. If you go to the GLX 13' 8/9 try a Airflo delta 8/9 (green), hard to beat this set up. My practice line is the floater, with a 15ft leader, for Steelheading I use a multi tip, also these line will turn over poly leaders well if you choose to use them. Good luck
Rick
 

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G-Loomis GLX 14' 9wt

The GLX is light very easy to cast and a real canon, it will cast heads and long belly lines {xlt} equally well.I know lastcaststeve has extensive experience with the rod and uses it for his demos!
 
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