The new Loop Cross S1 fly rod series is the single most important revolution to occur in fly fishing since we introduced the large arbor reel over 20 years ago. It’s that big.
If the large arbor provided revolutionary function that made the fly reel exponentially better, you won’t believe the difference Cross S1 construction makes with fly rods. We could write an entire book on the adventure that has led to the Cross S1 series of fly rods. We could look up and write down all the available superlatives that are yet unused by other manufacturers (not many left nowadays), but the only way to truly describe what we mean is to hand one to you and let you test for yourself. If there has ever been a time in our history of development of high-performance fly fishing gear where Loop merited a “look” and a test from the fly fishing world, it is now.
Over a period of two years we have developed these fly rods where we used the new 3M™ Powerlux™ Composites. The result is amazing, the strength associated with the 3M™ Powerlux™ Composites generates a lightness and controllable elasticity that just must be experienced.
We have carefully restricted the inherent elasticity of the Loop Cross S1 so that the rod is working evenly over a much wider range than other fly rods. We have managed to make super-strong featherweight fly rods, with an emphasis on fishing where the rod is working with minimum vibration through an entire load range – from close-in and out to even extreme distances. The design requires minimal input power where the rod does the job. It has never been so easy and taken so little effort to deliver precision loops at 10-meters or 30-meters while easily controlling the line or changing the pace of the cast.
3M and Powerlux are trademarks of 3M Company.
Blank in aesthetic matte smoke finish.
High-grade cork handle with Cork mix reinforcements
Triangular 3-pin aluminum reel seat in Gun Metal finish
REC RSG Recoil stripping guides. Extra strong in Black Pearl finish
REC RSNX Recoil snake guides. Extra strong in Black Pearl finish
Delivered in matching Gun Metal aluminum tube and cloth bag.
Recommended by the Trout & Salmon Magazine in their overall test of Salmon Fly Rods (May issue 2013)
Here are some comments from the reviewers.
My favourite rod in the test;
It suits me but, more to the point, I can’t think of anyone who wouldn’t get on well with it. It has slightly more finesse than the Guideline and a little more feel than the Sage. It flexes right down into the butt, yet recovers crisply and sweetly. It cast every line we threaded through the rings. The 44g head was a perfect match, but it cast the 38g easily, too. Spey line casts were superb.
From the first roll-cast – often a good indication of a rod’s ability – I knew the Loop would be good. You don’t have to force it – just cast smoothly. Its medium fast action responds to everything you do. Lovely loops and long casts. Effortless. The 44g head moved the tip a bit more than the 38g head, which I think is a better match, giving more finesse and accuracy. That said, you could cast the 44g head out of the parish. It cast all the lines well. I like the fixtures and handle, too. A good allrounder and one for the list.