LOOP OPTI STREAM 5 wt. rod redesigned for 2018- The LOOP OPTI K2 series.

posted Apr 27, 2013, 10:13 PM by Bob H   [ updated Apr 16, 2018, 12:03 PM ]
This rod has been redesigned for the 2018 season.  It will be part of the LOOP OPTI K2 Series of rods. This rod is scheduled to arrive in July of 2018.

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!

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 is still the best rod made by LOOP.  By the way, the LOOP OPTI STREAM costs $200- $275 less than most of the rods that it beat in the competition! 

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.  Nothing does this better than the LOOP CROSS S1 in our opinion.   If you want a suberb, "traditionally made" graphite fly rod at a great price, buy the LOOP OPTI STREAM.  If you want the best fly rod made by LOOP, buy the LOOP CROSS S1 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