Loomis thought that if anyone was currently using graphite, it would be Boeing, so he headed over to Boeing’s employee gate in Seattle and asked every worker coming off a shift if he or she knew about it, or knew someone who was working with it. Eventually, Harry Mathison, a composite engineer, came out and agreed to meet with him. Over the next year, Mathison helped Loomis and Lamiglas develop deflection codes and computer programs to manufacture different weight composite blanks, rods that did not break like some other manufacturers’ did, Loomis says. Thus, Lamiglas became the first to build reliable graphite rods. Loomis eventually left Lamiglas to start his own company, G. Loomis Rods, and built blanks for OEM customers like Biscayne Rods, a business that he sold to Shimano in the late ’90s. More recently, Loomis started North Fork Composites, building golf shafts and rod blanks, along with finished rods, under the Edge label. Today he’s still considered to be one of the most innovative rod engineers, and Loomis works closely with clients like Peter B. Wright and Karl Carman’s son, Ed, at Biscayne Rods, developing new blanks for specialty fishing, such as pitch-baiting, standup fishing and deep jigging, spokesman Steve Pitcock says.