Loomis' StreamDance GLX Rod

Loomis' StreamDance GLX Rod

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  • By: Buzz Bryson
  • and Paul Guernsey
G. Loomis StreamDance GLX Fly Rods The Loomis GLX has always been one of my favorite fly rods. In fact, I've bought three of them over the years. So, when Loomis introduced the new StreamDance GLX series, with a choice of three action types, I was somewhat apprehensive. I was not at all sure about this idea of improving on a rod I thought was just fine to begin with. But a recent trip to Alaska with a 6-weight StreamDance in tow-the High Line Speed model-put my mind at ease. The rod loaded quickly, cast as much line as I wanted it to, and was both light in the hand and a complete delight to work with-just like the GLX of old.The best thing about Loomis' original top-of-the-line rod series was its unbeatable combination of power, lightness and sensitivity, and the StreamDance series still has all that in spades. I used the rod mostly for throwing streamers to large rainbow trout, and the High Line Speed StreamDance handled the job perfectly. Even more impressive was the crispness and efficiency with which it cast big, air-resistant deerhair mice. In truth, I would have enjoyed just a touch more speed in the rod-a purely personal preference-so I'm guessing that the Max Line Speed model would prove to be the right action choice for me. (The other option is Performance, which is the slowest in the series.) These new GLX's are also better looking than they ever were: They're an attractive dark green rather than dark gray, and they have a new, great-looking reel seat that features a buckeye burl insert. The StreamDance GLX rods come in line weights 2 through 6. One model is a 2-piece 5-weight; the rest have 3- or 4-piece configurations. Prices are $575-$645. -Paul Guernsey