G. Loomis GL3 - 4 wts Freshwater Rods

G. Loomis GL3 - 4 wts Freshwater Rods 

DESCRIPTION

This is a very versatile small stream rod, capable of casting any small fly and even some streamers. It makes an excellent all-purpose model for smaller streams and shorter casting applications, as well as a very fine panfish rod. The GL3's stiffer tip gives it a little more punch.

USER REVIEWS

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[Jan 07, 2012]
Mike
Paddler

I can't say enough about the GL3 7'6" 4WT 2piece rod.I can throw dry flies and heavier Wooly Buggers.It doesn't make a difference,this rod performs excellent.I fish blue gill, trout and smallmouth bass with this rod.It is the best all purpose fly rod made PERIOD!I am looking for another rod just like it so I have two.

Customer Service

never used it, but they say it is great

Similar Products Used:

Sage, St Croix, Orvis

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[Apr 27, 2003]
Larry
50+ days a year

Strength:

Quality, medium price level, warranty, 2 piece construction ( 2 piece, 9ft , wt. ) quality construction. Has enough power for larger trout in calm streams/ slow streams

Weakness:

This rod may be a little too stiff for very accurate casts in no wind, calm water situations. If you are looking for pretty, forget this one.

Great entry rod for a reasonable price from a quality manufacturer. I like the no-nonsense appearance, functional design. In small/medium stream conditions when wind is a factor, the rod stiffness allows reasonably accurate casts where other rods with more flex would not. The price range of the GL3's allows the angler who has an initial interest in flyfishing to get into the sport with a quality product at a reasonable initial investment level without laying down the big bucks. I use this rod with a Ross Gunnison. I have a Hardy Marquis 6 wt on my other rod and much prefer the Hardy ( no longer made for US market) If you like wood handles spend $150.00 more. Great rod for moderate budget with quality in mind.

Customer Service

Never used

Similar Products Used:

Fenwick, Sage

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
[Jan 09, 2003]
chris
40 days a year

Strength:

see above

Weakness:

see above

The second best short 4 wgt out there (the Winston's better, but this is more than 1/2 the price less). Strong, loads well, casts well short and long, light weight, and extremely accurate. 2003 model has new uplocking seat which is far better than previous years model. I've found great inconsistency in Loomis manufacturing, so test the individual rod out; if you find a good one, buy it.

Customer Service

Haven't had to use

Similar Products Used:

Winston, T&T, Sage, Loomis, Orvis, St. Croix, Hardy

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Sep 06, 2002]
LEE
50+ days a year

Strength:

The fr904 is light,1.83 oz.with a uplocking reel seat! Nice single foot guides,durable rod that can handle all fly sizes needed for a small stream rod.

Weakness:

If a weakness the plain finish. Another would be the $45.00 rod cost for returns.

I had this rod before and sold it to upgrade to a glx 7'6"4wt. I bought another one for backup purposes if the glx breaks. Having owned both rods,the gl3 has a stronger feel than the glx.Throws bluegill poppers and larger dries well.A good all around rod with out the glitter.

Similar Products Used:

Sage ds2,Scott sas,St. croix legend, diamondback vsr,redington classic.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
[Jan 04, 2002]
Anonymous
20 days a year

Strength:

It''s a pretty good all-around small stream rod. It will throw weight fairly well. It casts dry flies rather delicately once you get some line out. It will cast a long way, but who needs that in a small stream rod? It handles delicate tippets well, and will toss a size 10 wooly booger or large stone fly nymph. I can say that although the rod did not come with a warranty, I busted the seat/cork when I took a spill on an NC greenback, Loomis replaced it for virtually nothing. Price is good.

Weakness:

Doesn''t roll cast dries well at all, no matter what line I tried, even the famed TT. Doesn''t load well at short distances, which is what I bought it for.

I have the 3 piece 7''6". It is an average rod at best. I have cast other four weights in this price range (150 to 350 or so) and found many of them to be better. Personally, I don''t like the fact that it doesn''t roll cast well and doesn''t load at short range, especially since the rod is likely made for small streams. Maybe it''s just my casting style. I have heard the two piece is better.

Customer Service

Excellent. As stated, you don''t pay high dollar for an unconditional warranty, but I can assure you that Loomis will treat you right if something happens to your rod. The turn around was excellent

Similar Products Used:

St. Croix, Cabela''s, Sage

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
4
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