G. Loomis Asquith  9’ 5-weight     $1000.00

G. Loomis Asquith

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George's Notes:

We all were waiting anxiously to see how the new G. Loomis Asquith would stack up after its 2nd place finish in our 2016 6-weight Shootout.  Here it finished in 8th overall, largely due to lost points for its high price and high replacement warranty cost.  But in our important Performance Only Scores category, it placed 2nd just behind the NRX LP.  This confirmed our experience that the Asquith is one of the best performing rods in existence, and one of the top performing rods in our Shootout.

The Asquith blank is a radical new design that combines spiral wraps of graphite running in opposite directions to each other, combined with a flat sheet of very high modulus graphite cloth in the middle.  This process produces an extremely light and strong blank, but it’s an expensive process.  The blanks themselves are produced in Japan by Shimano and then shipped to G. Loomis in Woodland Washington, where the rods are built. 

Steve Rajeff did the designs for these rods and this is the reason they cast so well.  This is a fast action rod, with especially impressive performance at mid to long range where its explosive power really kicks in.    With an unbelievably light swing weight of 8.2 oz. the Asquith scored a perfect 20.  In my hand this rod felt far lighter than anything else in our Shootout and was an absolute joy to cast.  The only thing that hurt was its lack of feel and accuracy in close.   The LP, even though heavier, had twice the feel of the Asquith, especially at 25 feet.

This is a great looking rod with extremely good craftsmanship, as you would expect when you plunk down $1000.  The blank is a dark green that sparkles brilliantly in the sunlight.  The wraps are dark green to complement the blank, and the finish coatings are better than what we see on most NRX rods.  The handle is a comfortable half wells with the swell slightly above the middle of the grip.  The cork is excellent, comprised of a series of narrow cork rings, one-third the width of a normal cork ring.  The reel seat is a lot better than what Loomis uses on their NRX rods as well.  It is a single uplock seat, but with a large, very easy to grip ring which locks up very positively.  The same company that makes Lexus steering wheels makes the insert of narrow rings of bamboo.  It is finished beautifully to complete the classy appearance of the Asquith.

The guide set up starts with a single and very light Torzite style stripping guide, followed with flexible and unbreakable nickel/titanium snake guides.  I’m hoping that we’ll start seeing these new stripping guides on the NRX rods to replace the wire recoil guides. 

The warranty policy on the Asquith is both good and bad.  The popular Expeditor policy still applies, and you will get a brand new rod in just a few days but Loomis will charge your card $250, (rather than $100 to help cover the expensive blanks).  One thing to remember, in our view, this is the strongest 5-weight on the market, so there isn’t much danger of breakage unless you slam it in a car door. 

This is the first production rod from a big company that breaks the $1000 mark but this shouldn’t slow down anyone willing to spend $800-$945 on the other top rods, especially since the Asquith performs so well.  

 

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

Performance at 25 feet:  19.2 points out of 20

Amazing accuracy, but nowhere near the same kind of feel that I got with the NRX LP.  Nice and light in my hand.

Performance at 45 feet:  19.6 points out of 20

I can’t believe the amount of power on tap with such a low swing weight.  Produced extremely tight loops with very good accuracy.  Slightly better than the Avantt but didn’t match the LP or Radian for both accuracy and feel.   

Performance at 70 feet: 9.6 points out of 10

Tons of power and wonderful tight loops with very good accuracy.  Only the Avantt and Wraith were slightly better long.

 

 

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James' Notes:

The G. Loomis Asquith series reminds me a lot of the CrossCurrent series, just significantly lighter and far less fatiguing to cast all day. We have yet to do an 8-weight Shootout that includes the new Asquith, but I’d be highly surprised to find a better 8-weight than the Asquith.  In the 9’ 5-weight model however, the Asquith feels a little too stiff for an all around 5-weight, especially for spring creek and flat water fishing, where feel, accuracy, and a delicate delivery are the keys to success. 

That being said, there are some things I love about this rod.  The “Lexus steering wheel” style bamboo barrel insert is pleasing to the eye. The high quality locking rings on the reel seat perform as well as they look.  Of all the reel seats in the test, this is my favorite.

I also love the strength of this rod, due to the unusual opposing spiral wraps of graphite used in the construction of the blank.  Have you ever bought a new rod only to break it a week later and then wait half the summer for it to get repaired?  I have, and it sucks.   G. Loomis won’t commit to the exact percentage that the Asquith is stronger than the NRX, which in our experience has been the toughest rod on the market.  They claim the Asquith is significantly stronger, and of course you can use the G. Loomis Expeditor service, and get it replaced with a brand new rod in only a few days.  I’ve always felt the G. Loomis rods could take a beating, especially the Cross-Current and NRX series, which I’ve used a lot. When Loomis says the Asquith is a lot stronger, this means a lot, as they have proven themselves to me in this department. 

In addition to the performance and strength, I love the appearance, and the way the dark green blank shimmers in the sunlight.

I think that if G. Loomis came out with an “Asquith LP” they’d have the best of all worlds - a super light, yet powerful and durable rod with an action that can truly do it all. 

 

Performance at 25 feet:  19 points out of 20

The Asquith is certainly on the stiffer side of the equation and as such it didn’t perform as well or have the same feel as the G. Loomis NRX LP, Scott Radian, Hardy Zephrus, and others at short range.  It really did feel light however, and the accuracy was excellent.  

Performance at 45 feet:  19.4 points out of 20

Similar to the Hardy Wraith, with perhaps a little more feel.  I really liked this rod, as it was accurate and fun to cast.  I’m surprised it didn’t score better, there are just a lot of great rods out right now and this is where I felt the Asquith landed for me personally. 

Performance at 70 feet:  9.6 points out of 10

This rod has a lot more power at long distance than the NRX LP but I still found other rods like the H2, Sky and Radian that had slightly better punch and seemed better in the wind. 

 

  

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Logan's Notes:

The G. Loomis Asquith is leading the pack in the next generation of fly rods.  I believe the future of high-end fly rods comes with a $1000 price tag.  This is definitely a top of the line rod upon close examination.  The craftsmanship is superb and the overall look of the rod is absolutely stunning.  The Asquith is a faster action rod, incredibly light in the hand and performed well at all distances.

 

Logan’s Casting Notes:

Performance at 25 feet: 18.5 out of 20

The G. Loomis Asquith is a faster, stiffer rod so it wasn’t the best rod at 25 feet.  It was still ultra light in the hand, which I think, helps faster rods in close.

Performance at 45 feet: 19.5 out of 20

45 feet was the best performing distance for the Asquith.  It was tracking great and I was able to repeatedly hit the plate.

Performance at 70 feet: 9.5 out of 10

The Asquith was also among the best rods at 70 feet.  It has a ton of power behind it.

 

 

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 JG's Notes:

I loved the looks of the Asquith as well as its amazing performance at the longer distances.  This is a new design from Loomis that incorporates spiral wraps of graphite, (“Sprial Wrap technology TM”) in opposing directions, that make the finished blank extremely light, responsive and durable.

25 Feet – 18.9 points out of 20
The Asquith is a super light rod that feels great but it’s just too stiff to be very good at short range.  I didn’t get much feel from the rod and my presentations were rather harsh.

45 Feet – 20 points out of 20 
At mid range targets the Asquith is awesome.  It’s light in hand, nimble and lively.  That spiral wrap construction really seems to work.  Accuracy is no problem thanks again to its light weight and ability to track straight and true.   

70 Feet - 20 points out of 20  
A great choice for distance casters, the Asquith hits the 70’ mark easiest of all the rods.  It never feels heavy or cumbersome and makes smooth casts to 70 feet a breeze.

 

G. Loomis Asquith

 

G. Loomis Asquith

 

G. Loomis Asquith

 

G. Loomis Asquith

 

G. Loomis Asquith

G. Loomis Asquith

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