Black Friday Deals
Free shipping on all orders over $50Black Friday Deals
 >  > G. Loomis Float Rods
Click to enlarge
Handle: Handle A
Handle: Handle B
Handle: Handle C
G. Loomis Float Rods View 1
G. Loomis Float Rods View 2
reset zoom out zoom in
Handle: Handle A
Handle: Handle B
Handle: Handle C
G. Loomis Float Rods View 1
G. Loomis Float Rods View 2

G. Loomis Float Rods

Great Lakes anglers on both side of the border have been steelhead fishing with floats for years and now it is also becoming one of the more successful techniques in the Northwest. The G. Loomis float rods are unequaled in maximizing this technique, allowing your bait to reach the correct depth and stay in the zone longer, enabling you to cover a drift more efficiently than ever before. The extra length offers the ability to mend your line behind the float for a drag-free drift and provides additional hook-setting power to pick up the slack line without lifting your rod.

All of these models have a genuine Fuji reel seat. Four of the models have the reel seat in the traditional spinning reel location with a longer butt grip, and the 13' 4" rod, model STFR1601S-SK has a Skamania or Michigan-drift style configuration with a short butt grip. Although these rods were designed primarily for use with traditional spinning reels, they can also be used with center-pin reels.

Like many of the G. Loomis rods, these rods are blends of the traditional G. Loomis blank materials (GL2, GL3, IMX and GLX) and are formulated specifically for float fishing. The four shorter two-piece rods are burgundy in color. The STFR1601S-SK three piece rod is built of primarily IMX graphite and is the IMX flat grey color.


STFR1262S10'6"Med. LightModerate6-101/4-1/22
STFR1363S11'4"Med. LightMod. Fast8-121/4-3/42
STFR1474S12'3"Med. HeavyFast10-171/4-12
Specific Rod Details

STFR1262S - This is a float rod designed to fish small to mid-sized rivers where shoreline cover is an issue or it has a lot of twists and turns where you don't necessarily need to extend your drifts very far. It will handle larger water and big fish when necessary, but for the most part, it’s designed to fish smaller rivers in close quarters.

STFR1321S - This float rod is designed to fish really clear rivers or low-water situations where you need to downsize both the baits and the line size to be effective. Smaller floats are implemented to keep from spooking fish and many times, rather than using bait, just a yarn fly or yarn fly combined with a small corky or other bait imitator will be used. Even though it is considered light power, it can handle surprisingly large steelhead. A great rod when the bite gets really tough due to overfished water.

STFR1363S - This rod is designed to fish medium to large rivers where water conditions allow you to fish mid-range line, jigs and bait rigs as well as medium-sized floats. It will handle large steelhead and the smaller salmon species. A great rod when the bite is on and the fish are fresh.

STFR1474S - A powerful all-purpose float rod for large rivers and big steelhead. Designed for winter drift fishing, but it will work equally well for summer-runs and the smaller salmon species. The extra length gives you excellent line and float control to allow extra long drifts. It's your best choice for deep, technical water where slower, line-dragging water doesn't allow your float and rig to drift naturally because of the different currents.

STFR1601S-SK - Designed for big, clear rivers where you need to downsize your line, float and rigs to catch those spooky steelhead, but you still need to cover a lot of water. It gives you uncanny ability to adjust your drift and reposition the float with minimal effort and will protect really light line. You'll be surprised when you see just how fast this long, soft rod will whip a fish. It's a lot of fun and extremely effective. The "SK" signifies the Skamania-style handle. The fore grip is long to help balance the rod and keep your hands in a positive position to react quickly. This is the more traditional concept in float fishing.

Review Summary
(5 Reviews)
of customers would recommend this product.80%
Reviewer Profile:   Avid Fisher (4)
Sensitive (4)
Durable (4)
Good Tip Action (3)
Accurate Casting (3)
Flexible (3)
Best Uses
River Fishing (4)

Customer Reviews
Warsaw NY
 Worth the money.
Pros: Length, sensitivity
Cons: Weight
Comments: A great quality rod with great sensitivity. Longer length allows me to use lighter leader with confidence. Would recommend to any serious angler. Thank you Fish USA.
Fishin' John
Southeast Alaska
 I love this rod
Pros: Good Tip Action, Accurate Casting, Sensitive, Flexible, Durable
Best Uses: River Fishing
Comments: This is a great rod for float fishing for steelhead.
Buffalo, NY
 G Loomis 1262 Float Rod
Pros: Sensitive, Good Tip Action, Durable, Accurate Casting, Flexible
Best Uses: River Fishing
Comments: I purchased the G Loomis 1262 and am very happy with it so far. It is extremely sensitive and very sharp looking! I have only been able to use it once but am happy with it's performance so far. Steelhead will be in very soon so I will be using this rod alot more in the near future.
Erie, PA
Nice Rod , but Poor choice or eyes.
Pros: Sensitive, Durable
Cons: Eyes too small in tip
Best Uses: River Fishing, Steelhead large rainbows
Comments: Ok, Shimano bought Loomis a long time ago. They kept most of their R & D staff. However, the attention to datail has wained over the last decade. There is a vast difference between Eastern,( low water/low current ), conditions and the Western, ( Big water/Big current ), conditions. The small eyes in the tip section do not allow for long casts with light terminal tackle that we all to often have to deal with in the east. I fished the 11 '4 " this past year and was aggravated witht the casting performance. However, in every other way it was more than adequate.
Boris the Spider
Ontario, Canada
Great rod for the money (STFR1601S-SK)
Pros: Easy To Transport, Good Tip Action, Durable, Flexible, Sensitive, Accurate Casting
Best Uses: River Fishing
Comments: I have landed 12lb rainbows and 20lb plus salmon with this rod. Lots of power when needed but light enough not to wear you out when fishing for lengthy periods. I have the 3 piece 13' 4" rod with the fixed reel seat which I prefer over the slip rings which always seem to loosen off eventually, even when taped, which allows the reel to rock when retrieving line (aggravating). Cold weather doesn't affect the flexibility or strength of the rod like some other rods I have heard about that become brittle and break. Had it 5 yrs and hope to have it a lot longer. If I were to buy a replacement I would consider perhaps a 3 piece 15' rod but I am more than happy with the STFR1601S-SK
Customer Questions and Answers
Ask a Question
To whom it may concern, Includeing the tip, how many guides are on the STFR1363S model Rod? Thanks Jake
June 05, 2015
  -   (0) / (0) :
The G. Loomis float rod model STFR1363S has 9 guides, plus the tip top.
June 05, 2015
Others Also Purchased