For those who chase Atlantic Salmon and want the ultimate two-handed travel fly rod, here it is. Few salmon anglers live close to the great rivers they fish and instead must travel countless miles to meet their favored fish. The inconvenience of traveling with longer two-handed fly rods has been accepted for years. With the introduction of Loop Tackle's new 6-piece Cross S1 13'6” #9, the game has truly changed.
Due to advancements in materials, manufacturing processes and ferrule design, it's now very possible to build a six-piece fly rod that casts better than traditional, multi-piece fly rods. As a nine weight, it has the power and line mass to deliver larger, heavier flies and certainly has the muscle to beach a worthy salmon. At 13'6” in length, it's perfect for all styles of two-handed casting and easy line mending.
Beyond the right length and weight for Atlantic Salmon, this rod has the hidden benefit of a very unique rod taper. Best described as deep-flex, fast-action, this rod casts like nothing you've ever encountered. Unlike most fast-action, progressive fly rods, the Loop Cross S1's taper allows for a more relaxed casting tempo, yet somehow magically still delivers all the casting power and angling distance any salmon angler might require. Balanced, smooth, efficient and stable are words one might use when describing the feeling of casting this rod.
Of course there are a few bells and whistles worth mentioning like 3M's nano-resin, which makes this rod nearly unbreakable when fished under normal circumstances. Add to this, REC's Titanium Recoil guides, which provide the smoothest line glide possible, not to mention they cannot be bent out of shape. This simply is one tough rod for those who travel far and push their equipment on the king of fish.
If there was only one two-handed fly rod to own for Atlantic Salmon, this is it!