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Gear Review: G.Loomis EastFork FR1085-4 Fly Rod

April 13, 2009 By: Marshall Cutchin

Michael Gracie split his long review of the G.Loomis EastFork 5-weight into two pages (Part I and Part II) — all the better to include mention of his rod choice being influenced by “dealer-tude” and his effort to balance this stiffer rod with the right reel. “The first thing I said when the rod was handed to me was ‘it feels way heavy in the tip.’ I didn’t mean too heavy in general – the rod just felt slightly unbalanced. It reminded me of the Sage SP 6-weight I own (still don’t know why) – despite being rated at 3 oz. (not bad for aging forest green) that rod always felt like there was lead in the tip, and this rod felt the same.”