In September Gorge Fly Shop did a Factory Tour with G. Loomis Chief Rod Designer. During that tour, we had 5 mintues with Steve Rajeff explaininng how he got started in the business and the world of fly fishing..
The Interview with Steve Rajeff
On a chilly rainy September morning Travis, Lyndsey, Mike and I headed out to Woodland Washington for a tour of the G. Loomis factory.
We had the day planned with tour, video, casting demonstrations, lunch and a sit down meeting with our reps to go over future planning and new ideas. While Rod building is not new to me I was most excited about the tour. It takes a lot of hands on skill to build rods and its evident G.Loomis is a well assembled skilled workforce. I must include that the G. Loomis facility is clean with an excellent layout and the paint booth is something you would expect to find in an auto manufacturing plant. But the real reward came for us at the end of the tour. Steve Rajeff is the Chief Rod Designer of G. Loomis and he headed up our tour. Steve's name is synonymous with G. Loomis and if you're familiar with the name you probably know that Steve is a World Champion Fly Caster. While I have been acquainted with Steve for several years now I have never really known what drives him. One question kept ringing in my head during the tour, How did Steve come to be Chief Rod Designer? So when opportunity rang I asked and what we witnessed the next five minutes I could not put into words!
- Greg Darling