The G. Loomis Adventure Series is a neat surprise from a maker of high-end rods. Designed by world and national casting champion Steve Rajeff, the medium-action rods load easily for short distances or for less experienced casters, yet they’re fully capable of handling higher line speeds and casting ranges as skills improve. Ten models ranging from a 71/2-footer for four-weight line to a 9-footer for 9-weight line are available as two-piece models. Four-piece models are available from a 9-foot, 5-weight-line rod to a 9-foot, 8-weight-line rod. The rods have chromed reel seats and guides and dark rosewood inserts. ($190-$250; 800-662-8818)