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jpufnock 11-26-2005 11:27 AM

Loomis vs Orvis for Newbie in Saltwater
Hello, I am very interested in getting into saltwater flyfishing here on the east coast and I am looking to invest in a quality rod. I will be using it for everything from blues, to NC sound fishing, to some bonefishing in Beliez.

I was looking at 8wt rods and casted a few. Here are those that I have tried, looking to go no higher then $350.

Sage FLi 8wt 4-piece
G.Loomis 8wt 3-piece cross-current series
Orvis 8wt 4-piece TLs tip-flex

I am trying to decide between the G.Loomis and Orvis rod. Both casted very nice but the Orvis rod seemd to load much nicer and shoot very well to long distances, although this was not under windy conditions. The G. Loomis rod had similar feeling, but a bit stiffer and did not seem to shoot as well. I have also read one review for the G.Loom rod that said the guides make noise when the line rubs against.

Does anyone have any insight on the Orvis vs the G.Loomis rods? Or any others to recomend in this price range? Although I know the G.Loomis salts are better name, on my limited casting experience the Orvis rod seemed superior.

Thanks for your help in advance!

jfbasser 11-26-2005 01:49 PM

I own the Loomis 8 wt that you mention in your post and have used the rod for Bonefish and Bonito as well as Striper flats fishing. Others (experienced casters), have commented that the Loomis is an amazing casting rod. The rod is very fast and probably takes a little practice and/or a slightly heavier line than the Orvis. I think an 8 wt may be somewhat stressed if your plan is to use it for Bluefish of any size on a regular basis.

teflon_jones 11-26-2005 04:08 PM


Originally Posted by jfbasser
I think an 8 wt may be somewhat stressed if your plan is to use it for Bluefish of any size on a regular basis.

That's definitely true. It's an ok rod for smaller blues and schoolie stripers, but for anything bigger, you'll need to step up to at least a 9 or 10 wt.

I have an Albright EXS that casts like a dream and falls right in your price range. I'd definitely take a look at one of these rods if you can find a shop that sells them.

Based on your post, you've already decided on the Loomis vs Orvis rods. The Orvis was the rod you liked, plain and simple.

jpufnock 11-27-2005 11:59 AM

Thank you both for your quick comments. I agree, I would like to try the Albright rod, but I don't think anywhere near me sells them.

I also recognize that an 8 maybe somewhat light for larger blues or stripers, but I honestly I think I'll be sticking to the little guys before moving it up into anything big untill I learn what I'm doing. I also wanted to keep it in the 8 range for maybe steelhead or some larger bass as well. I'm a poor student, so just tying to make the most of my purchace. :rolleyes:

Yeah it is possible that my casting being not experienced for saltwater rods gave the G. Loomis an unfair shake.

I''m stil deciding, so anyone with more feedback on either the Orvis or G. loomis rods mentioned in the first post, please feel free to comment.

Thanks for your help and knowledge,


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