Summer Steelhead. Even just the name makes those who know giddy with excitement about the next trip or smile at the memories of the last. If there's one way to catch a summer steelhead, it's got to be on the swing. Sure this can be done on many rods, single or two-handed, but nothing really beats a well-balanced two-handed fly rod when chasing summer steel, especially when casting a floating Scandi head. Smooth strokes result in effortless, beautiful loops of fly line followed by swings filled with hope.
If you like this style of chrome Kool-Aid, then you'll want to add Loop's new Cross-1 6122-5 to your list of rods. This 12'2” #6 fly rod is a dream rod, if you think casting is the essence of our sport...which it is. Balanced, stable, efficient and plush are words that come to mind when casting this rod. With Loop's unique deep-flex, fast-action taper, it's unlike any American fly rod you've ever cast. The best way to describe it is to understand that fast is not better, it's just fast. With this Loop rod, you can relax your casting tempo, yet still fire a controlled and efficient loop to any fishable distance. It's really that good.
Add to this great-casting rod, 3M's nano-resin system that makes this rod much stronger than contemporary fly rods and somehow even lighter. Next, REC Recoil Titanium guide dress this rod for smooth shooting of lines and guides that simply cannot be bent out of shape. This is one tough fly rod.
Finally, this summer-steelhead-dream-two-handed fly rod is also a six-piece rod. Yup, you read correctly, a six-piece fly rod. Due to material and resin advances, not to mention ferrule technology, this six-piece fly rod feels like a two-piece rod...not kidding. As a six-piecer, you can literally travel the world in search of anadromous fish. And...when you find them, you'll have the joy of casting this rod time and time again.
Note: If you truly are a traveling steelhead bum (summer and winter), make sure to pair this six-piece summer steelhead rod with Loop's new Cross S-1 8136-6, which is the ultimate winter-run two-handed fly rod.