Loop Cross S1 Flatsman Fly Rods

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The new Loop Cross S1 fly rod series is the single most important revolution to occur in fly fishing since Loop introduced the large arbor reel over 20 years ago. It’s that big. If the large arbor provided revolutionary function that made the fly reel exponentially better, you won’t believe the difference Cross S1 construction makes with fly rods. We could write an entire book on the adventure that has led to the Cross S1 series of fly rods. We could look up and write down all the available superlatives that are yet unused by other manufacturers (not many left nowadays), but the only way to truly describe what we mean is to hand one to you and let you test for yourself. If there has ever been a time in our history of development of high-performance fly fishing gear where Loop merited a “look” and a test from the fly fishing world, it is now.
Over a period of two years we have developed these fly rods where we used the new 3M™ Powerlux™ Composites. The result is amazing, the strength associated with the 3M™ Powerlux™ Composites generates a lightness and controllable elasticity that just must be experienced.
We have carefully restricted the inherent elasticity of the Loop Cross S1 so that the rod is working evenly over a much wider range than other fly rods. We have managed to make super-strong featherweight fly rods, with an emphasis on fishing where the rod is working with minimum vibration through an entire load range – from close-in and out to even extreme distances. The design requires minimal input power where the rod does the job. It has never been so easy and taken so little effort to deliver precision loops at 10-metres or 30-metres while easily controlling the line or changing the pace of the cast.
  • Blank in aesthetic matte smoke finish.
  • High-grade cork handle with Cork mix reinforcements
  • Triangular 3-pin aluminum reel seat in Gun Metal finish
  • REC RSG Recoil stripping guides. Extra strong in Black Pearl finish
  • REC RSNX Recoil snake guides. Extra strong in Black Pearl finish
  • Delivered in matching Gun Metal aluminum tube and cloth bag
  • We always test our rods with our own lines and feel they are best suited as a proper match.
This is not a one-man job and several of our staff with long years of casting experience are involved in evaluating this. As a result, we know that the line weights we recommend match the most common casting styles. For example, if you buy a Cross S1 590, we recommend you to buy a Loop line #5. It’s a match that we know will work for most of the casting styles represented. It also provides an ideal match in terms of getting the best performance out of that particular rod.

    Those of you who do not use a Loop line often want to know about your particular line. As we have no technical knowledge of the specifications and characteristics, this question for us is dfficult to answer. There is a plethora of tapers and lengths combined with different casting styles.

 The best advice we can give you is to either try your line(s) on a demo rod or seek out the information you want in web forums or among friends, but a physical test is the best.

  • Action Curve & Rod Tempo


    THE ACTION CURVE describes how the rod bends when loaded
    TC= Tip Curve: Rods with this curve have a high action angle in the tip. ”Tip Action Curve”.
    MC= Mid Curve: Rods with a medium action curve. ”Medium Action Curve”.
    FC= Full Curve: Rods with this curve have a long and deep action curve. ”Full Action Curve”.

    THE ROD TEMPO describes how fast and stiff a rod is
    M= Medium Tempo: A rod with a medium tempo is perceived as softer and more relaxed in tempo when compared to MF and F.
    MF= Medium Fast Tempo: A rod with a medium fast tempo is a bit more moderate in stiffness and tempo.
    F= Fast Tempo: A rod with a fast tempo is perceived as fast and stiff in relation to M and MF.

Line Length Tempo Curve Weight Pieces
#6 9'0" Med-Fast Mid Curve 105g 4
#8 9'0" Med-Fast Mid Curve 128g 4
#10 9'0" Med-Fast Mid Curve 139g 4
#11 9'0" Med-Fast Mid Curve 140g 4
#12 9'0" Med-Fast Mid Curve 142g 4


SKU 19413

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