You found me! Well I wasn’t actually gone, but I know it’s been difficult to pin point exactly what I’ve been doing for the last years since my departure from one of my first companies that made my name and fishing rods a world-wide entity. It seems everywhere I go, sportsmen ask me the same questions: where I’ve been, where I am, when I’ll be creating the next generation of fishing rods, and will I be bringing any back that so many fell in love with years ago! I’d like to take this opportunity to share more of my history, introduce you to my vibrant team that I have been building to carry my knowledge and know-how forward long after I am gone, and to share the latest and greatest projects we have conceptualized and brought to market. While most of you know me as that fishing rod designer, my early and continued career has involved making parts for Boeing, the USA Military and other entities. That work continues to be a part of my design work today, but throw in names like Google and other household names as well! Woodland, Washington, USA is still my home and I go fishing and hunting every chance I get, which is often. I relish the fact that my incredible team continues to energize and encourage me to push the envelope in tubular composite concepts and products that go far beyond fishing, and I am grateful you have followed my career or are interested in getting to know me now! Welcome to my “home,” I hope you’ll stay, and take a look around.
If ever you have had the opportunity to be in the presence of Gary Loomis, you’ll know first hand that his enthusiasm as a sportsman is likely impossible to fully encapsulate, nor carbon copy. Pun Intended. He is one of a kind and his stories are as riveting and funny as they come. Now in his mid-70’s, Gary is still as giddy as a child who has hooked their first fish or harvesting their first animal. His senses and abilities are potentially unparalleled and his history sets him in Ledgendary status. Loomis has hunted approximately one hundred different animal species across countless countries and his fishing escapades have included every continent but Antarctica, which is still in question because his naval days took him to waters that might count! He is responsible for opening up the Kola Peninsula for Atlantic salmon fishing in 19XX, where he had a fishing camp for years. His true fishing obsession is for steelhead and salmon, so it is no surprise that he opted to live along the banks of the Lewis River in Woodland, WA, prime salmon water and territory. Coincidentally, it’s also located less than an hour away from his Duck Club where he has his fair share of waterfowl and elk hunting!
“Machinist first.” That’s how Gary Loomis introduces himself when asked how he got started designing and selling rods. Every time. By trade, Gary joined the Navy in 196X and was sneaking into the machine shop to challenge himself to manufacture parts and pieces he dreamed up or wanted to imitate. Although he joined the naval ranks to earn an education and certification to become a machinist, his natural aptitudes were up to that challenge long before any formal education or training. His skills and abilities did not go unnoticed by the upper ranks. While being called to meet with a four-star general well-knowing he was “misbehaving” and “breaking rules,” and would likely pay dearly, the outcome Gary experienced was quite different and simply a symbol for what was to come. Gary stood above and beyond the rest already. He wasn’t asked to build parts for the Navy, prior to his certification, and although he insisted that he wasn’t qualified or certified to do what was being asked, he was ordered to do so. Due to his supreme abilities, Loomis could pump out parts faster and higher quality than anyone. He did later receive his proper training and certification but that keen natural sense of working the machines and figuring out “better” processing led to him, in later years, engineering and building his own machines to manufacture his rod designs and parts. These machines create the finest composite tubes in the world for a multitude of platforms and uses and some of those same machines are used today in his North Fork Composites and EDGE Rods factory. If you can’t find Gary on the river, he is likely tinkering in his machine shop behind his house.
Genius would be another word to describe Gary Loomis. Although he would shy away from that word, it is the truth. While most of the public knows him as “that guy who designs rods,” he is much more than a fishing rod designer. Although fishing is his passion, what truly sets Gary apart from most, is his curiosity and desire to get the question answered or problem solved. Quite frankly, he won’t rest until his does. Gary has singled-handedly broken more composite tubes than probably anyone on the planet to dissect what precisely the problem spots are and how to fix those issues. He can tell you precisely how and why every single break has occurred. It was while working for Lamiglass in 1974 when he caught wind of “carbon fiber,” and it was then that his mission began. He stood at the doors of Boeing Headquarters in Seattle, WA asking everyone if they’d heard of graphite. Directed to a different gate, he met one of four people in the world that knew anything about it, and thus began his quest to learn and build, with this incredible material that was the basic building block that began his next steps in designing and building his own golf shafts, fishing rods, antennas of military grade and other fine products. One of the true pioneers who has stood the test of time, spanning a career of over four decades, is now delivering what he and others would describe as having saved the best for last. Gary’s tubular composite blanks, rods, oar shafts antenna, and other composite products are putting a nice bow on what has been an incredible lifetime of achievements.
For the last 20 years, Gary has been dedicated to making sure that future generations will have the quality of fishing that he has enjoyed. “Insanity: Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” Albert Einstein In Gary's words, “If we continue down the current road, we will soon harvest our beloved fish to extinction. If we head in a new direction, though, we have the opportunity to restore at least some of our native fish runs.” To this end, NFC dedicates significant time and resources to helping Fish First and the Pacific Northwest Coastal Conservation Association.
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Found Spring run Steelhead – only missed 2 days between May…and……sold first built rods..
Gary starts working at Lamiglas as head of production
Gary Loomis stands outside of Boeing Headquarters in Seattle asking everyone walking in if they have heard about gra
Loomis Composites is born, the Government asks Gary to work on some “special projects.”
Every piece of the new company’s manufacturing equipment was designed and built by Gary. He continued to spearhea
Gary starts Fish First “ To restore native Pacific Ocean salmon and steelhead runs to levels sufficient enough to
Diagnosed with Cancer and given 18 months to live. Gary sells off most of his endeavors, including G.Loomis to Shi
In order to continue his design work which is his true passion, Gary parted ways completely with the company that ma
Gary Loomis is inducted into the IGFA Hall of Fame
Constantly called to develp the next “cutting-edge,” Gary starts NFC, the parent company of EDGE Rods, Vaporsha