Monday, February 1, 2010

LOOP Carbon Fiber Push Pole

In today's world of shallow water skiffs there is an arsenal of necessary fishing equipment typically found onboard, with one of the most important being a push pole. Without this critical item one would find themselves at an incredible disadvantage on the flats and at the mercy of the tide and wind. Trolling motors, although useful in some situations, are typically too noisy, spook fish, and can't operate in water as shallow as fish can go. Poling offers skiff based anglers the stealth needed to sneak up on wary fish and the ability to hold in places that fish travel through. Push poles come in an endless variety of sizes, materials, and lengths with the most critical features being weight and flex.

Recently, I got the opportunity to demo the new push pole from Loop tackle. Although new to the push pole game, Loop has designed one of the lightest and strongest push poles on the market. Through rigorous product development and testing Loop has produced an incredible fishing tool made from high quality carbon fiber that is feather light yet rigid enough to hold a larger skiff into the wind and current. This push pole is sectional and built to very tight specifications.
It incorporates a ridged scrim surface that provides an unparalleled grip, even when wet! The joints are bonded using a proprietary process that guarantees a strong, sealed joint. The ferrules that connect the five-foot sections are made from graphite which makes for a lightweight connection that flexes evenly with the rest of the pole.

While many people are opposed to multi-piece push poles because of weak connections and water intrusion issues I have not had any of these problems arise after heavy use for 5 months. The Loop pole weighs 3.2 ounces per foot, with a 21' pole weighing roughly 4 lbs! The unique L foot pushes very well in marl and soft muddy bottom, which unplugs much better than the typical paddle versions out there. Both the foot and point are made from solid nylon plastic, a durable product that holds up to razor sharp oysters and coral.

Loop is an innovator of cutting edge fly fishing equipment and this new push pole is a great compliment to their current product line. This product can be found on the Carbon Marine web store at The founder of Carbon Marine, Joe Welbourn, is currently distributing this product for Loop and will gladly help out with assembly, instruction, and delivery. Do yourself a favor and pick up one of these bad boys, your arms will thank you for it.


  1. I have had a lot of push poles in the past twenty years and each one was better than the previous in weight and function. The LOOP push pole is radically better than any I have utilized. Pushing and staking - off the Hewes Redfisher 18' is easier and with the textured surface of the LOOP push pole.

  2. Jared,
    Carbon marine has great customer service.

  3. how much does one of these run? i need one for my carp sled

  4. You can find pricing and more information on the Carbon Marine webstore @

  5. We’re the manufacturer of carbon fiber push pole shaft in China for many years,with good quality and attractive price.

    Light-weight , high strength and anti-corrosion are the main features of carbon fiber shaft. The strength of carbon fiber shaft is 5 times to steel shaft.

    Hope to cooperate with you in the future.

    Best regards,