Announcements, What's NEW, Please click on item to read details-

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 May 17, 2020, 9:16 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 May 17, 2020, 9:07 PM ]

There is a wonderful company located in New Zealand (the home of "Big" trout) that is making some very nice blanks. 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.  5 and 6 weights are iquite reasonably priced at only $777 plus shipping with our superb components. These rods come with SNAKE BRAND guides and a SNAKE BRAND fancy Burl uplocking reel seat. 

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 May 17, 2020, 8:48 PM ]

If you like a fast action rod that throws tight loops, the new SAGE X is one of the best we have ever used.  It is not ultra fast and it is not stiff. We can feel it load and it allows us to feel the line very well.  This is a rod that you can use for a variety of presentations.  From a delicate presentation or  throwing a hopper-dropper or double nymph rig, this rod will work. 

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 - The LOOP OPTI K2 series. Delayed again But the new 7X rods are here now!

posted Apr 27, 2013, 10:13 PM by Bob H   [ updated Feb 15, 2020, 10:59 AM ]

This rod was redesigned for the 2019 season but LOOP has decided not to release the rod untill a later date due to marketing reason. 

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 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 chose the LOOP OPTI STREAM rod to test.  This LOOP OPTI STREAM rod was not the best rod that LOOP made but it may very well have been the best rod for the money that LOOP made.  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 has been replaced by the LOOP K2.  Once this rod does reach the USA market, we hope it will be even better than the Opti Stream.

While we agree that the Loop OPTI STREAM was 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.   Even this superior Cross S1 rod is being replaced by LOOP.  LOOP' new top of the line rod is the LOOP 7X rod.  It comes in a variety of weight from 3 through 12 weights.  Call us for our wonderful pricing on this rod.  It is available in both medium-fast and fast actions.

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

Big Fish- What kind of rod to use?

posted Mar 28, 2013, 12:24 PM by Bob H   [ updated May 17, 2020, 8:47 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 old SAGE METHOD.  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 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  SAGE X.  The
LOOP CROSS S1 medium -fast rod was a great rod created by the people from Sweden that founded LOOP and who simply lived to fly fish.  (Thank you Christer and Tomas.)  These are true fly fishermen that design "Fly Rods for landing fish."  Sadly, this rod is no longer being made.  That is why we are recommending the SAGE X or the wonderful EPIC carbon fibre rod (customs are available here).  It is the best rod in this category that we are aware of today.


LOOP CROSS S1 Blanks and Custom rod status

posted Mar 6, 2013, 1:56 PM by Bob H   [ updated May 17, 2020, 9:02 PM ]

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. 

If you would like us to build a custom rod for you we have SAGE and
Epic carbon fibre and fiberglass 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.

1-8 of 8