I've been waiting to see if one of the Loop-types would post here, it appears they are all off fishing - so I will. I fished a Loop Blue 15' rod for 1/2 a season - it was a cannon. While I never really liked the Greens (a bit too fast) I did like the Yellow line (slower). I found the Blue to be right in the middle of the two and very sweet indeed. If you settle on one you will be pleased.
That model was one of the ones Henrik recommended to me a year or so ago... I ended up with a Yelow Line 14' instead, and my next one will be a Blue 12'4". If I were going to stick with one rod, that would be in the top two. I'd say you'll be right on and love it.
Hey Kush, you indicate you fished the Blue 10150 for 1/2 year. Why did you quit using it and what did you switch to? I am considering purchasing either the Blue or Yellow 15 foot 10 weight or the T&T 5 piece. Thoughts?
Raph, I own the Blue 9132 as well as the Yellow 9140. The Blue is a great rod. It is somewhat faster than the Yellow, likely due to the difference in the series as well as the shorter length. The 9132 will throw tips with the best of them and handles more traditional castings methods very well with both a Delta Long 9/10 and Accelerator 9/10. I think it would be a great rod for the person seeking a single spey rod.
The T&T 1510-5 is a fast rod, even faster than the Loop Green Series rods, although the T&T's also progressively load down into the butt section when you really stick the power to them. I love the T&T's; but much of the reason for this is I like fast rods. The Loop Blue is a lot slower than the T&T 1510-5 so keep that in mind when getting a 15 ft 10 wt rod. You may want to take a look at the CND Salar Specialist.
As Dana indicates I gave him back his Loop when my CND Thompson Specialist showed up. Now the 15' Blue is a cannon, but the 16'7" Thompson Specialist is in another category altogether! However, if you are looking for a rod in the 15' range you should give serious thought to the 15'6" CND Salar Specialist.
Hello all, thank you for your replys, today i 've bought my first two handed rod and yes it was the loop blue line with a LW reel.
now i have another question what is the best line for my new toy?? and before anyone asks i have book some casting lesson with an loop instuctor :smokin: .
PS I am the proud owner of a loop grey line 9,5# with an LW reel and it works just fine :smokin:
Let your instructor know which system you have and he should be able to bring along a few lines for you to try. Loop has both shooting head systems in various lengths and densities, and Spey lines with 51 - 56 foot heads. By trying out a few lines and with your instructor's help you will be able to make the best choice for your new rod.
Posting a little late for this, but I've been chasing them Silvers. As some of you know, I'm an immature little brat and broke both my 12 and 14 foot loop yellow lines, waiting for the CND Specialists to show up. Now don't get me wrong, I love the yellow line to death. Those rods have improved my casting immensely, just because of their design. I paid a little extra and upgraded the 12 footer to a green line. Oh momma, was that the best decision I ever made. What a dream, plus I got the adapted loop lines now and it is amazing how well they are matched. Now I'm running the Airflo, polyleader (10 foot float, Intermediate, sink and fast sink) off that adapted line. I just can't believe how well this set up works even when I'm not. I am keeping the 14 footer in the yellow though. I just love that rod and is my favorite for the Sol Duc.
I did spend the day on the water with the 15 foot blue line and several different lines. I had just cast the CND Salar and I believe my opinion was biased about the blue line I was testing. Had I not just tested the Salar, I would have bought that blue line. But it would have been a fatal mistake. I lined the Salar with Airflo Traditional with tips. Holy crap it was pretty, even if I didn't know what I was doing. I didn't know you could shoot those big belly lines. I want the entire specialist line when it comes out over the next couple of weeks, but will only be able to afford one. If there was ever a reason to start building my own rods, the CND specialist blanks would be it. I've never seen or met Nobuo Nodera, but I figure he must be a genius.
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