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SAGE X is a Hit!

posted Nov 28, 2017, 3:24 PM by Bob H

Here is an unsolicited comment made by one of our recent clients!

Wow, Great Fly Rod. I really like the new X action. Sage makes a great blank but you make it a precision instrument. The way the ferules fit and the finish is perfect. The guides are absolutely perfect and the handle is exquisite. The full wells handle fits my hand beautifully. I loaded a SA Shark Wave GPX on to a Nautilus FWX 5/6 and the line flew effortlessly to 60'. I have a few factory made Sage Ones and my biggest complaint is the small guides. SA GPX 8wt line will not slide through my 8wt Sage One guides. The biggest opposition to custom rods that I hear is, if you break it the factory won't fix it. First of all I have never broken a fly rod. A lot of anglers have a myriad of extenuating circumstances that lead to the damaging of a fly rod. On several trips every summer we fish from canoes. Hoping in and out of the canoe all day with the rods bungied to the seats or lining the boat down rapids or up and down the river bank we have never damaged a rod. Thanks so much, I love the rod. "Made in USA" Right on Brother. God Bless,travel safe and good luck. Rich.

Trade-in, Trade up program!

posted Oct 28, 2016, 3:21 PM by Bob H   [ updated Jun 6, 2019, 6:58 PM ]

Lord of the Streams has a"Trade-in, Trade-UP" program.  If you have a rod that you are no longer using and want a new one, just give us a call and we will let you know what we will give you on your trade-in toward any rod that we sell.  We guarantee a minimum of $100
trade-in toward the purchase of any  premium rod valued at $695 or greater.  Whether you want a new SAGE, LOOP, Redington, etc. rod, we can make your new purchase more affordable.  The trade-in rod must still be in usable condition. 

We prefer rods from reputable manufacturers like SAGE, R.L. Winston, G. Loomis, LOOP, and a few others.  However, if the rod is still usable and you bought it at Walmart,  we will still honor the trade-in toward a premium rod purchase.  If you have questions, please let us know.  You can call us at 509 998-2321 or you may email us at

SNAKE BRAND snake guides are now used exclusively by Lord of the Streams!

posted Sep 24, 2016, 6:09 PM by Bob H

We are very happy to announce that SNAKE BRAND snake guides are now the only snake guides that Lord of the Streams will use on all of our custom rods.  In our opinion, SNAKE BRAND snake guides are the best snake guides made anywhere.  They cost more but we only want to use the best on our custom rods.  Unlike most snake guides that are made in the Orient, SNAKE BRAND guides are made exclusively in the United States in Washington State.  Their quality is unsurpassed in the industry.  The are also the only snake guides made with concave feet that won't scratch your rod and will allow the guides to sit closer to the rod blank.  Instead of being shaped like a tear drop, they are round when you look through the guides.  This allows the line to shoot more easily.  These guides have been available as an upgrade at an extra charge on our rods in the past.  They will now come standard on all of our rods!  When you choose Lord of the Streams, we want you to know that you are getting the best!

Epic custom rods now available!

posted Oct 1, 2014, 7:54 PM by Bob H   [ updated Jan 24, 2019, 10:26 PM ]

There is a wonderful company located in New Zealand (the home of "Big" trout) that is making some very nice blanks now. The brand is "EPIC." 

Epic is owned by the SWIFT fly fishing company.   These rods are truly rods built to catch fish.  EPIC graphite rods (called carbon fibre down under) are lighter than the newest SAGE blanks and are simply a delight to fish.  These graphite rods are available in 5 and 6 weights and are 9' four piece models.  I would classify them as being a hair faster than medium-fast but not quite as fast as the new SAGE X.  We have one 5 weight available for sale at this time.  It is quite reasonably priced at only $777 plus shipping. This rod has SNAKE BRAND guides and a SNAKE BRAND Buckeye Burl uplocking reel seat.  The wraps are scarlet with gold and black highlight wraps.  It also has our finest cork handle in our own half wells design.

EPIC also makes wonderful "FAST GLASS" fiberglass rods.  These blanks are great! Many fly casters that test rods at our shop end up favoring these fiberglass rods over the SAGE, LOOP, and other graphite rods when tested side by side.  The owner of our shop carries a 4 weight fiberglass 5-piece EPIC rod when he travels on his motorcycle.  The rod fits in a 21" case and packs easily in his saddlebag.
A rod like this also sells for $777 plus shipping. 

EPIC fiberglass trout rods are available in 3 through 6 weight.  These rods are very strong and we cannot imagine them ever breaking on a fish.  Please call or email with any questions.

SAGE X-One of the best Fast Action rods we have used.

posted Nov 6, 2013, 12:38 PM by Bob H   [ updated Feb 18, 2017, 6:37 PM ]

If you like a fast action rod that throws incredibly tight loops, the new SAGE X is one of the best we have ever used.  We can feel it load and it allows us to throw some of our tightest loops ever.  This is not a rod that you want to use when you are looking for a really delicate presentation or when you are throwing a hopper-dropper or double nymph rig.  However it is one that may be your go-to rod when the wind is howling or when you are wading the flats, or when one cast to a distant fish is all you get. Tight loops, big fly, streamers, very high line speed with feel, this rod does these things very well.

You can have it in a SAGE factory made configuration or in a Lord of the Streams custom. Call us for pricing.

LOOP OPTI STREAM 5 wt. rod redesigned for 2019- The LOOP OPTI K2 series.

posted Apr 27, 2013, 10:13 PM by Bob H   [ updated Mar 18, 2019, 12:51 PM ]

This rod has been redesigned for the 2019 season.  It will be part of the LOOP OPTI K2 Series of rods. This rod is scheduled to arrive sometime in 2019 but the date has not been determined.

Those of you who are knowledgeable about the world of fly fishing know the name of George Anderson of Yellowstone Anglers.  George has helped design some of the best rods in the world. Each year, George has a 5 weight competition and rates the rods in that competition.  He calls it his "Shoot-Out."    He does not rate all of the best rods in the world but chooses a wide selection to test.  For the past four years, he choose the LOOP OPTI STREAM rod to test.  This LOOP OPTI STREAM rod is not the best rod that LOOP makes but it may very well be the best rod for the money that LOOP makes.  The OPTI STREAM 5 weight came in second out of all of the 5 wt. rods in  the "Shoot Out" in 2013.    It beat every SAGE, Winston, Orvis, Hardy and many others.  It was rated in the top 3 rods for three consecutive years!  It is i the process of being replaced with an even superior rod, the LOOP K2.

While we agree that the Loop OPTI STREAM is a very fine rod, it did very well considering it is not even the top of the line in the LOOP rod line up!  It was the 2nd best rod that LOOP made.  In our opinion the LOOP CROSS S1 MF is still the best rod made by LOOP. 

When we evaluate a fly rod, we use all of the criteria that George uses but we add a few criteria like durability, feel, and the ability to effectively fight and land fish once they are hooked (tippet protection).  Nothing does this better than the LOOP CROSS S1 in our opinion.     If you want the best fly rod made by LOOP, buy the LOOP CROSS S1 MF or the new LOOP CROSS SX!

Regardless of which LOOP rod you decide upon, Lord of the Streams is the place to buy the rod.  We are one of the top authorized LOOP dealers in the USA

We are currently reviewing the Supreme Court's decision on the Internet Sales Tax.

posted Apr 22, 2013, 10:12 AM by Bob H   [ updated Jun 21, 2018, 5:35 PM ]

At this time we do not know the total impact that this decision may have on us and whether or not it will put us out of business or stop our sales to the USA.  As a Lord of the Streams Client, we thought that you should know that this very short sighted decision could negatively impact our company as well as literally millions of other American small business.  However, it will have no impact on foreign companies selling their wares inside the USA. 

The reasons are simple to understand for everyone except possibly activist judges.

First, we are a small company.  If you are reading this, you know our products.  Our prices are very reasonable as you also know.  We have been able to keep our prices reasonable due to our business model that we have structured for low overhead costs.  We cannot afford to pay for high priced accountants or expensive computer programs or the people to run them in order to track sales tax rates throughout the USA and to then remit a portion of our hard earned money to all of the individual states.  We also cannot afford to be audited by 10,000 different taxing jurisdictions!  Even if we could afford to do so, we would not.  We would rather go out of business than subsidize these jurisdictions with our hard earned money. This Country was founded on principles that included "NO TAXATION Without REPRESENTATION.  Have you ever heard of any more blatant example of the violation of this Principle than the paying of taxes to 10,000 jurisdiction in which we do not reside?

Politicians say that the internet sales tax proposal is about fairness.  It is not.  It is only about growing government revenues and making tax collectors out of small businesses.

This is just another anti-business, anti-freedom proposal coming from biased politicians and activist judges.  These people are either complete idiots when it comes to understanding how the economy and business works, or they simply do not care who they put out of business.

The bottom line is this.  If you want to be able to do business with us and other businesses like us in the future, please email your Senators and Congressmen and tell them to come up with a small business remedy. 

If you don't speak up,  custom rod makers and other small business will probably go under.  We have heard that the Congress is considering including an exemption for small businesses in the law.  However, when we contacted our own representative, her office had no concept of the ramifications of this decision.  That is not satisfactory.  No business should have to be a tax collector for any political subdivision in which they do not reside whether they are big or small.

If this simpleton decision remains in effect, and we are forced to collect taxes for other states, our first step will be to refuse to sell any of our products to anyone living in the United States.  We have clients in 34 countries and and all 50 states.  We will only sell products to the other 33.  Isn't it nice that the our Supreme Court wants to drive business out of the USA, again

All businesses have the opportunity to do business on the web.  Some have chosen not to.  We, who have chosen to do business on the web, should not be punished because some "brick and mortar" stores that don't do business on the web are no longer competitive.  That should be their problem, not ours.

Big Fish- What kind of rod to use?

posted Mar 28, 2013, 12:24 PM by Bob H   [ updated Dec 29, 2017, 12:19 PM ]

Do you want to actually hook and land big fish or do you simply want to cast for distance?

This may seem like a strange question to some but it really is not. Many fly fishers want a rod that allows them to make the longest cast possible.  If that is what you want, there are few rods that will beat the New SAGE METHOD or the old SAGE XP.  If you are in a location where you can use larger tippets,  It is fine to use really fast rods and they can be a lot of fun.  However, if you are after big, wise old fish that spook at 1, 2 , or 3X tippets and you need to use a 4X or 5X or smaller tippet and size 20 flies to entice the
m, we recommend that you forget ultra-fast, stiff rods because more often than you want to, you are going to break the fish off when it gets close to the net.  Now, if you don't mind repeated LDRs (long distance releases) then keep using really fast rods.

 If you wish to be able to make long casts, generate plenty of line speed, and actually bring those big fish to the net, please consider the  LOOP CROSS S1.  The
LOOP CROSS S1 medium -fast rod was created by the people from Sweden that founded LOOP and who simply live to fly fish.  (Thank you Christer and Tomas.)  These are true fly fishermen that design "Fly Rods for landing fish." 

The proof is in the performance.  In the Spring of 2012, took a trip to the North Platte (Miracle Mile and Greys Reef) in Wyoming, the
Green River below Flaming Gorge in Utah, and the Beaverhead in Montana.  I landed a higher percentage of hooked "Big Fish" than I ever have with any other fly rod!  The weather was cold (down to 15 degrees with 40+ MPH winds).  The 6 weight CROSS S1 protected 5X tippets incredibly well.

Simply put.  In the graphite rods of today, we have not used any rod that outperforms the LOOP CROSS S1 with its wonderful nanotechnology.  It is stronger than any other graphite rod that I am aware of, 30% stronger than its closest competitor we have been told.  It generates wonderful line speed.  It recovers more quickly than any fly rod of its type that we have used and most importantly, it protects tippets when that big fish is hooked.  The pictures below were caught by the first custom LOOP CROSS S1 in the world.  I made it for myself.  (many others have been made and sold but this is #1). 

I took eight 6-weight rods on the trip mentioned above, including the three rods that were previo
usly my favorite 6-weights (The SAGE Z-AXIS, the Winston BIIx, and the LOOP OPTI Stream.)  I started fishing with the Custom LOOP CROSS S1 and never felt the desire to use any of the other rods. All of the fish below, plus approximately 70 other fish, were caught on this trip with that one rod. Many of the fish were between 20 and 24".

I was delighted with the rod performance.  While we can no longer get the LOOP blanks, but you can own a factory rod in the same weight that I used for around $759 depending on the rod selected.  Call for an exact price and ask about any "In-Shop Specials."

LOOP CROSS S1 Blanks and Custom rod status

posted Mar 6, 2013, 1:56 PM by Bob H   [ updated Dec 18, 2018, 10:45 AM ]

LOOP is no longer replacing broken custom LOOP rod sections with plain blanks.  They are instead replacing broken custom rod sections with factory made sections.  Therefore, the guide spacing may not be correct; the guides may not match and the thread colors will probably not match.  Therefore, we are no longer making or repairing LOOP custom rods.   If you are looking for a LOOP, we recommend that you buy a factory made rod and we do sell them.  We are still a LOOP dealer.  LOOP factory rods are quite good.

If you would like us to build a custom rod for you we have SAGE,
Epic, and Winston blanks available for your consideration.  Please email for more information.  We ship to all states except Washington due to Washington's tax structure.  If you live in Washington, you will have to pick up your rod at our shop. 

All LOOP factory rods are available at this time.

A very delightful fly rod, The Loop Cross S1 - Watch the Videos

posted Mar 16, 2012, 7:16 PM by Bob H   [ updated Jun 6, 2019, 7:11 PM ]

The LOOP CROSS S1 is our number one selling rod for 2012, 2013, 2014  and 2015, and 2016. It outsold all SAGE and Winston models. The SAGE X became our number one seller in 2017 and holds that spot in 2018.

As the owner of this company, I have owned the best rods on the planet and I believe that  the CROSS S1 is one of the most remarkable rods I have ever fished.
It is simply outstanding! A five weight rod with a lifting break point that is higher than 40 kilos is just remarkable!  This rod will bend in almost a complete U with a huge fish on the line and not think twice about it.  Imagine doing that with a graphite fly rod that also generates high line speed and casts like a dream.  Counter-intuitive isn't it?  This is a rod that you can feel load effortlessly and casts as far with a single haul as most people can cast with a double!  A beautiful rod made with American components.  A light rod that is both beautiful in design and performance and has great -- (Are you ready for this?) ----- durability!  No, you cannot slam it in a car door but I cannot envision it breaking under normal fishing pressures.

Check out the videos below of the rod in action and you will see why I am excited and I think you will be too!

The single hand rod sequences in the first and second videos were filmed at Jurassic Lake, Argentina with a 5wt rod!!!!
The Tarpon in the 3rd video was landed with a 9' 10 weight rod in only 6 minutes.  Absolutely amazing!

The LOOP CROSS S1 also comes in spey rods as well as single hand rods (including a 7 weight switch rod) !  The  S1 series comes in 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. 9, 10, 11 and 12 weight single hand rods.  They also come in 6 and 7 weight switch rods and 7, 8, 9, and 10 weight double hand rods. 

The 5 through 8 weights are also made in a fast action version .  Please call or email
for availability. 

Loop at Jurassic Lake Part II

Are you excited yet?  We are!  That is why we fish these rods!   Please ask about our store special offers when you contact us. You will find that we are a pleasure to deal with.  Feel free to call us at (509) 998-2321 to discuss your needs and any questions you may have.

The Cross S1 9' 10 weight lands a large Tarpon in only 6 MINUTES!

The Croos S1 Flatsman 9' 10 weight Rod!

Just drop us an email if you would like to order a rod!

This is what my son and I did the very first day we fished the
LOOP Cross S1 5 and 6 weight rods.  We landed fish up to 9 pounds and never broke a tippet!

"Hi Robert. You will be glad to hear (& see) the result of my 1st day with the new Loop CROSS S1.  (9' 6 weight) Quality South Island Brown Trout of 8.5lbs."
Mark Cornell, Christchurch, New Zealand

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