Win a Gary Loomis Tactical Surf Rod, courtesy of TFO and Edge Angling

Many of you have heard about new surf rods from TFO Temple Fork Outfitters. Do you know who had a hand in their design? A fellow by the name of Gary Loomis. Yes, the same guy behind G.Loomis rods till he sold the company to Shimano in 1997. You could say Gary knows a thing or two about making a good rod…:-)

Gary’s Story

Almost 3 decades ago, Gary Loomis founded G.Loomis® and quickly attracted the attention and admiration of the world’s most discerning anglers. Throughout the evolution of carbon fiber rod design, Gary distinguished himself as the Master. Using leading edge technology and engineering, he designed tools that have defined High Performance in rods. After selling G.Loomis®, in 1997, Gary dedicated his efforts into protecting & rehabilitating the fisheries of the Pacific Northwest. His devotion to the fishery helped establish Fish First (, where he serves as President, and the Coastal Conservation Association Pacific Northwest (, where he serves as the Chairman for Washington State.

Although, Gary is no longer affiliated with G.Loomis®, his desire to “build the best rods available” remains. He has agreed to share his unparalleled design skills and understanding of modern technology and materials with Dallas, TX based Temple Fork Outfitters to develop a new generation of Affordable High Performance rods. Gary is fully committed to increasing the participation in fishing and protecting our natural resources for future generations. He believes that TFO’s Affordable – High Performance approach forms a great base for this growth.

Working with TFO allows me to put high-quality rods in the hands of potential anglers that otherwise would not have access to this kind of gear. It is these new anglers that, through their enjoyment of the sport, will help us protect our threatened fisheries. ~ Gary Loomis


And today, Surfcaster’s Journal Magazine in conjunction with Edge Angling and Temple Fork Outfitters will give one of you a chance to win either a 9′ or 10′ 6″ model, courtesy of Edge Angling and TFO.

You can see some early reviews by following this link to Edge Angling



By utilizing a new proprietary scrim in conjunction with TFO’s high modulus carbon fiber blank material, Gary was able to save weight and increase sensitivity without sacrificing strength. GTS blanks are tastefully finished; simply polished, with a thin layer of matte clear coat to enhance the natural luster of the fibers, TFO’s trademark Color ID Split grip is further complimented by a two piece reel seat and a natural cork ring split grip.

GTS rods are topped with TFO’s proprietary Tactical Series guides, machined stainless steel inserts are super hard chrome anodized then swaged into chromium impregnated stainless frame. What does this all mean? Super hard, super slick, saltwater safe and no more lost fishing time due to lost inserts…and they’re 30% lighter than standard SiC guides.

Good rods can be made out of anything from bamboo to modern carbon fiber. But, a good rod must have the right length, power and action to do a specific job. To make a good rod better is to make it lighter and more sensitive without sacrificing durability.”



Check in every day for a new giveaway. All winners announced Sunday , August 5th…unless we get drunk, then, the first day we sober up.


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723 comments on “Win a Gary Loomis Tactical Surf Rod, courtesy of TFO and Edge Angling

  1. Sergio Sarichny

    I’m In

    what a fantastic opportunity to possibly own, and use, what looks to be a fantastic product.

  2. Tim myers

    Great stuff! Thanks in advance if mite lucky winer of a 10’6. Love that its all black. Seat is begging fr a black vs 200. In btw.

  3. steve j

    z, tommy and crew… what a great giveaway. i am in! btw, i have another idea for an article. when i have some free time i’ll get in touch and see if your intersted


  4. mike b

    Does it amaze anyone else on how many comments are made on giveaway days. Join the conversation on the subjects this amazing publication SJ creates for us. Its not just a freebie blog, You can actually learn a thing or two.

  5. CharlesT

    Wow! It would be a terrific present for my son who is going away to school in late August. I’m in!

  6. eddc.

    Have the 9′ & love it! Would really like to add the 10’6″ to the arsenal. Please add me to the list…Thanks, one & all…!!!

  7. Sudsy

    I’m in
    One of my favorite rod designers teamed with one of my favorite fly rod companies – should be a winner


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