Winter-run steelhead are quite different than summer-run steelhead. Beyond the obvious calendar difference, there are water flow and temperature variances that alter the character of a winter-run fish. Most winter fish sit lower in the water column and are less aggressive to the swung fly. For this primary reason, a fly angler hoping for winter-run success must change his or her technique.
In most cases this means presenting a larger offering nearer to the fish. This is best done with not only a weighted fly, but a fast-sinking tip as well. Casting this rig is no easy task, unless you have the right equipment. That's where Loop's new Cross S-1 8132-4-6 (13'2” #8) comes into play. It's a magical two-handed fly rod in the sense that it's wonderfully light and balanced, yet still has enough power to efficiently cast Skagit heads, sink tips and big bugs. When you do come tight to a chrome bumper in heavy current, this rod still has enough power to turn your trophy your way.
When it comes to casting, any fly rod can fling string, but few are truly a joy to cast. This new Loop Cross S-1 8136-6 is one of the best-casting, well-balanced two-handed fly rods you'll ever pick up. The key to any fly cast is efficiency, and due to the unique deep-flex, fast-action taper, this rod is easily the most efficient casting two-hander on the market. The deeper flex allows for a slower casting tempo, yet the fast-action magnifies your casting power. The result are the most effortless casts you've ever made. When chasing winter-run steelhead many casts await. With this rod, you'll look forward to each and every one.
Beyond fishing function and casting enjoyment, this rod comes with all the bells and whistles. Although you cannot see it, 3M's nano-resin system lives within this rod's blank, making this one of the strongest rods on the market...and somehow extremely light. Add to this REC's smooth casting Recoil Titanium guides (which cannot be bent) and you've got the best materials and components available.
Finally, this rod is a six-piece rod. That's right...six pieces. With new materials, manufacturing advances and ferrule designs, this rod actually feels like a two-piece rod. If you're a globe-trotting, chrome-chasing angler, this rod is the epitome of travel-convenient. Now you can conveniently arrive just about anywhere chrome fish swim with the best-casting two-handed, winter-run fly rod on the planet.
Note: If you're truly a traveling steelhead junky, we highly recommend you pair this winter-run two-hander with Loop's summer-run two-handed fly rod, the Cross S-1 6112-6 for the ultimate quiver of steelhead rods.