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Posted 01 March 2005 - 02:12 PM
Tight lines MIKE
Posted 01 March 2005 - 02:19 PM
Posted 01 March 2005 - 03:51 PM
Posted 01 March 2005 - 04:59 PM
Fishyfranky thanks for the web site , looking around the us, and canadian sites to try and find a dealer. the thing I like is the 10year warrenty on this reel. did you happen to see a prince for the Ultegra series reels
thigt lines guys Mike
Posted 01 March 2005 - 05:21 PM
|QUOTE (fishyfranky @ Mar 1 2005, 03:44 PM)|
|I read several UK fly fishing magazines and it annoys me to no end why we don't get the fly gear from Shimano, Diawa, etc over here in North America.|
I'll second that!
I love Shimano spinning reels and use them exclusively; I would like to try out one of their fly reels.
Posted 02 March 2005 - 11:16 AM
Those G.Loomis Venture (or Adventure in Canada) reels are awesome. I have an Adventure 5 which I have been using for 2 full years now and I've never had any problems with it.
Canadian Fly Fisher - Canada's Leading Fly Fishing Magazine
Posted 02 March 2005 - 11:39 AM
Posted 02 March 2005 - 12:09 PM
Posted 02 March 2005 - 04:18 PM
Well, that clinches it: I've been sitting on the fence, trying to decide whether or not to shell out the big bux for a Loomis reel to grace my Loomis rod.... The answer, now, is "hell yes!"
Funnily enough, when I looked at the Shimano link provided above I thought to myself "Wow: That looks just like the Loomis. I wonder if it's a knockoff?" heh heh
Thanks for the info. The things you learn.....
Posted 02 March 2005 - 10:23 PM
thanks all , glad to here yuo like yours Nick!!
Posted 02 March 2005 - 11:56 PM
-- Bob Lawless.
Posted 03 March 2005 - 08:39 AM
My review of the G-Loomis Venture 5, that I've had for a year:
The reel looks nice, with an attractive color, and seems well-balanced. The drag is smooth, with a great deal of fine adjustment. Outgoing click is fairly quiet, and the clicker is silent on retrieve. Without my dissasembling of the drag knob, it appears that the drag is sealed. The frame is very open, with lots of surface for rim control (palming). The construction appears to be machined after casting (MAC), and is aluminum. Weight is slightly heavy for it's size, but not horribly so. Left to right retreive change is fairly easy...remove one screw and a plastic retainer clip, remove & flip the bearing, & replace retainer & screw. I paid approximately $100 (US) at retail.
There are some things I don't like about the reel. The metal is very soft, & scratches easily, and the frame edges could have been rounded to prevent abrasion to line when stripping (slightly sharp edge). There is no ventilation on the drag knob side of the frame or the drag knob side of the spool. The drag knob, at the lightest setting, has a gritty sound (like poorly fit gears), but has had no wear problems that I have detected. The brand & model labeling is painted on the frame & wears away quickly. The foot is cast, which will bend or break easily. There is absolutely no resistance on the retreive, which bothers me slightly, but is no big deal. The screws are of a very soft metal, and several require very small heads, both philips & straight, which would make field maintenance a bit difficult if needed.
After a year of use, I have not had any problems with the drag, retreive or spool retention, but cosmetically, it has shown more wear than I feel it should based on use. The retail price, in my opinion, is fair to slightly overpriced based on material quality, and fair based on performance. I recently replaced the reel with another brand, and I haven't decided if I'll keep it or sell it.
Posted 03 March 2005 - 06:24 PM
-- Bob Lawless.