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G. Loomis Stinger GLX Two-Hand Fly

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The Scandinavian style of two-hand casting was developed in the 1960's. Anglers schooled on the famous salmon and seatrout rivers of Norway and Sweden cast shooting tapers, floating or intermediate shooting heads of 30-45 feet, with mono running line. Instead of holding a fixed length of line as in traditional casting, anglers shoot the entire line in one stroke. This technique uses a much shorter, faster stroke with more emphasis on the lower hand during the cast, sometimes referred to as the "underhand" style. Our Stinger Series was originally designed as 3-piece rods, but this year we redesigned them in 4-piece for improved transportability. We also gave them a new name… STINGER GLX. The rod actions remain fast and powerful to help casters create narrow, aerodynamic loops using this underhand dominated casting stroke. Their fast tapers allow you to make overhead casts as long as there is sufficient room for a back cast like on a gravel bar, generating incredible line speed for unbelievable distance - something you might consider for casting from the beach for saltwater species. Because the physical weight of the line reflects the true rating for each rod, we’ve converted our traditional line-size system to grains and grams for a more universal rating convention. Stinger GLX rods feature Recoil guides, the best species-cork available and our exclusive "yin yang" machined reel seat with ivory-style insert and scrimshaw spey fly graphic. The handle shape has been refined, using a slim diameter, extended full-wells profile with a small composite cork butt-cap, giving it a nice finished look as well as providing durability. Each rod comes with a soft, protective rod sock and travel case.

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G. Loomis FR150-4 GLX Stinger Fly Rod
G. Loomis FR150-4 GLX STINGER 28g/450gr
Price: $850.00

G. Loomis FR150-4 GLX Stinger Fly Rod

Line: 450gr
Pieces: 4

A surprisingly powerful 12'6" two-hand rod that handles smaller flies on lighter lines. Under our old line rating system this would be a 7/8, but since most of the heads anglers use for the Scandinavian style, are based on the physical line weight, we refer to them in grams for Europe and grains for North America. It's designed to fish smaller rivers where distance isn't the primary objective, but don't let that fool you. It will handle big fish and big water just fine. Searun browns, steelhead and smaller salmon in the 8-20-pound range are where this rod really shines.

G. Loomis Fly Rod GLX Stinger FR156-4
G. Loomis FR156-4 GLX STINGER 32g/500gr
Price: $875.00

G. Loomis FR156-4 GLX STINGER Fly Rod

Line: 500gr
Pieces: 4

A crisp casting 13-footer that, under our old rating system would be an 8/9, but since the shooting heads for the Scandinavian style of casting are rated by their actual weight, we rate them in grams for Europe and Grains for the North American market. It's designed to cast short heads Scandi-style, but is very capable of handling a wide variety of casting styles with the proper lines. It's a great all-purpose rod for salmon and steelhead, giving you a little more distance with larger flies, even in the wind.

G. Loomis FR162-4 GLX Stinger Fly Rod
G. Loomis FR162-4 GLX STINGER 36g/550gr
Price: $925.00

G. Loomis FR162-4 GLX Stinger Fly Rod

Line: 550gr
Pieces: 4

Naturally, as the rods get longer, casting distance increases and this rod is no exception. It will handle heavier, longer heads and has no problem turning over big flies. It's a great rod for fishing winter steelhead, fall salmon or any of the great Nordic rivers for Atlantic salmon. As with all Stinger Series rods, this rod is rated in grams for Europe and grains for the North American market. Under our old system this would be rated as a 9/10. It's our best all around power fly rod for fishing the swift deep runs anadromous species call home.

G. Loomis FR181-4 GLX Stinger Fly Rod
G. Loomis FR181-4 GLX STINGER 44g/675gr
Price: $975.00

G. Loomis FR181-4 GLX Stinger Fly Rod

Line: 700gr
Pieces: 4

Now we're at the top of the two-hand food chain. This is the mega monster two-hand rod capable of handling long heads of up to 45' and those large, air-resistant tube flies used in the big rivers of Norway, Finland and Sweden. It's made to handle the biggest salmon on the planet! With no natural enemies like heavy wind or high water, this rod will get the job done where a lesser rod will make line management a lot of work. Excellent line control for big mends in the fast runs where the big fish hold make this our top choice for large rivers and their most demanding "part-time" residents.


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