I have to admit, in the past I haven’t been a big Loomis fishing rod guy and its been rare for me to review one. After all, don’t they built those fancy, long, whippy rods used by fly fishermen? One of whom, I am not? But last month they sent me one of their Pro Green spinning rods to test out, and I have got to say, this is one S-W-E-E-T rod! Here’s the close-up:
This is a 6′10″ fast-action, medium-weight rod, with cork grips and a graphite reel seat. It doesn’t come cheap at $240 (other Pro Greens range up to 7′10″ and $270, prices are listed out at www.gloomis.com) but you get what you pay for. And in this case, you pay for fantastic sensitivity and lightening-fast action that’s perfect for long-range hook-sets. Greg found this out, when a 26″ striper grabbed his lure yesterday while we casted chartruese grubs in the shallows of the middle Chesapeake.
The PGR822S-1 we were testing is rated for six to 12-pound test line, and we had it matched up with a Shimano 4000D Baitrunner reel spooled up with 12-pound Power Pro Braid. Other Pro Greens in their line-up can handle eight to 15, and 10 to 17 pound test lines. If you’re looking for a rod that’ll be used for cast-and-retrieve fishing with leadheads and grubs, I doubt you’ll find any better then the Pro Green. We absolutely loved it; after he caught that striper Greg didn’t want to give the rod up – and I don’t blame him one bit!