Edge Alpha    9’ 5-weight        $855.00

Edge Alpha 

Edge Alpha

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George's Notes:

This is a new rod from Gary Loomis, who moved on from G. Loomis years ago.  Now he is producing his rods in Woodland, Washington, with his own designs, in his own factory.  This rod is much like the old G.Loomis Classic GLX in that the dark gray, sanded graphite blanks are left unfinished except for the guide wraps.   In theory this gives a lighter and more responsive rod. However, when we weighed this rod, it was 2.9 oz., slightly heavier than the top rods that were 2.5-2.8 oz.   More importantly, the swing weight was a heavy 9.7 oz., placing it below all the best rods that were in the 8.2 to 9.0 oz. range.  With the heavier swing weight I felt that I had to work harder with the Edge than with other rods.

This is a fast action rod with lots of power.  Craftsmanship is good but not close to the best rods.   Gary is using black wraps trimmed with a one silver line on the butt with a hook keeper.  The cork handle is a half wells stack of excellent quality thin cork rings as on the Asquith.  The good-looking skeleton reel seat is a medium gray anodized aluminum single uplock style, with a wood burl insert that is gray to complement the blank.  The guides used are two fairly large SiC strippers, and the rest dark colored hard chrome snake guides.   

 

The perfect line: S.A. Amplitude MPX in WF-5-F.

Performance at 25 feet:  18.9 points out of 20.

Hard to cast off the tip well and the heavy swing weight didn’t give me much feel.  The top 8 rods were all better.

Performance at 45 feet:  19.3 points out of 20

Good power and control with decent accuracy, but in head to head casting, the LP, Radian, and Avantt were much better.

Performance at 70 feet: 8.5 points out of 10

I had to work harder to get nice tight loops than with the Radian, Avantt and Sky.  Somewhat disappointing for a rod with this much power. 

 

 

Edge Alpha

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James' Notes:

We were impressed by how the new Edge rods by Gary Loomis performed, especially the Gamma Alpha.  The Alpha felt light in my hand, likely a result from the lack of coating on the blank. Similar to the finish style on the old G. Loomis Classic GLX rods, the Edge Alpha is built for speed, resulting in a crisp casting rod with a quick recovery. 

The Edge was amazingly accurate for me at 25 feet, although it was noticeably stiffer in the tip than the NRX LP and others.  It also felt great at 45-55 feet. 

It was only at 70 feet that I was having difficulty, not getting very good accuracy.  Tailing loops were also a problem, even when I was concentrating hard to apply the power more slowly and smoothly.

Still, as an all-around 5-weight I think the Edge Alpha is a great rod.

 

Performance at 25 feet:  19.6 points out of 20

The Edge Gamma Alpha felt light and exceptionally accurate.  I would have liked to have more feel, but over all I liked the mix of power and accuracy enough to forgive the stiffness.  Somehow the rod still was able to turn over a 12-foot leader very well for me.

Performance at 45 feet:  19.2 points out of 20

Great power with better feel.  Every once in a while I would have an off cast, and it wasn’t nearly as accurate for me as the other top rods.  Still, good performance and a very pleasant casting rod.

Performance at 70 feet:  9.4  points out of 10 

With its stiffness, I thought I was going to be able to really punch this rod, but if I did, the result was a tailing loop, similar to the G. Loomis NRX LP or Asquith.  I really had to concentrate hard with this rod to get it to perform well at 70 feet.

 

 

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Logan's Notes:

The Edge Alpha by Gary premiered in this Shootout and was new on the market this year.  It is a nice casting rod with plenty of backbone.  It has a classic Gary Loomis flat, un-finished look, much like the old Loomis GLX.  This was a strong rod that performed better at mid to long distances.  A welcome addition to the Shootout.

 

Logan’s Casting Notes:

Performance at 25 feet:  16 out of 20

25 feet was the Alpha’s weakest suit.  Its stiffness and lack of feel hurt the Edge more than anything at short distances.  It reminded me of the stiff BVK in close.

Performance at 45 feet:  18 out of 20

The Alpha’s was doing much better at 45 feet.  This is where this rod excelled.  Good smooth power.

Performance at 70 feet:  8 out of 10

At 70 feet the Alpha’s has plenty of power to get it done, and I was able to accurately hit the plate several times, but rods like the Loomis Asquith and the T&T Avantt were far better.  

 

 

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JG's Notes:

The Edge was the biggest surprise for me in this Shootout.  It was definitely designed to be fishy not flashy.   I thought the blank was well balanced and comfortable in my hand.  It had great power and although it wasn't the best in close I thought it was a solid all-around performer.

25 Feet – 19 points out of 20 
In close, it was a little on the stiff side.  I was able to get accurate casts but because of the stiffness of the rod I didn’t get a lot of feedback here.  It was a little on the splashy side if I wasn’t very careful.

45 Feet – 20 points out of 20 
Once I got a little line in the air the Edge really shone.  It makes smooth accurate casts that glide off the tip and find their mark with ease.  I got great accuracy and the rod felt amazing, effortlessly hitting the mark.

70 Feet – 19.9 points out of 20 
This is one of those rods that makes 70’ happen without any fuss.  Plenty of power to reach long distance targets with great feel.  The action is really nice and really launches casts without having to overpower the rod.