Black Widow

First Strike

Performance Features:

  • Our USA made, NFC, hand-sanded, naked-graphite blanks, do not hide blemishes and are on average 20% lighter than their coated counterparts.All of our blanks are hand-sanded to avoid sanding into the fiber, damaging it and creating a weak spot.
  • Proprietary, made in the USA, offset seat for a lower sitting reel leads to better torque/rod roll control, increases casting accuracy, and enhances cradling of reel reducing wrist fatigue.
  • Proprietary lock-nut for a vice-like grip eliminates rocking reels.
  • Minimum epoxy on guide feet reduces weight and impact to blank action.
  • All guides feature a recessed ring design (RRD) creating enhanced bonding between ring and frame while protecting ring from impact. Angled tri-legged frame design eliminates nearly all line wrap, and improves casting distance and accuracy.
  • Our carbon-fiber grips wipe down and clean up like new after aggressive and successful days on the water.


  • Hand-woven carbon-fiber strips amplify vibration and increase sensitivity. Each grip has a unique weave, with a satin smooth comfortable feel that becomes slightly tacky when wet.
  • Titanium frame with Zirconium insert guides are corrosion resistant (saltwater) and 40% lighter than comparable guides.


  • 20% lighter than cork and has a shelf life of 5,000 years, this tight hand woven, carbon-fiber saves weight and increases sensitivity.
  • Titanium frame with Zirconium insert guides are corrosion resistant (saltwater) and 40% lighter than comparable models.

Developing the Series:

Gary Loomis could probably credit finding the Summer Steelhead run on the Kalama River, for his career in building and selling rods.
He was only making $50 a week as a machinist at the time, and built his own rod to conquer that river in 1972. Another angler cornered him in the parking lot and talked him out of his rod for $200. As they say, the rest is history. We can credit the Pacific Salmon for spawning EDGE Rods in 2010 when this series made its mark after Gary was asked to build a special Salmon rod for a competition to see how various rods stacked up against one another for Salmon Steelhead Journal. That first build won and the winning streak has yet to be broken for this foundational series of EDGE. The First Strike and Black Widow builds are the quintessential performance designs for Gary’s favorite species. From the Pacific Northwest, to the Midwest, to Chile, to Russia, anglers are covered for every kind of fishing scenario for these fish. Be it side drifting, hover fishing, or back bouncing, EDGE Ambassadors, who are some of the most talented and longest careered guides in the world, swear that they catch more fish because of the performance of the rods. That says everything.

NameFactory Direct PriceMsrpPiecesLengthActionPowerLine WeightLure WeightBuildBuy
BWC HSR 760-1$399.00$575
BWC StR 904-2$399.00$575
BWS FWR 741-2$399.00$550
BWS SAR 9115-2$399.00$575
BWS StR 861-2S$399.00
Delta-FSS-HSR 883-2S $169.00$225,
Delta-FSS-PR 905-2 $169.00$225
Delta-FSS-PR 905-4 $169.00$225
Delta-FSS-SJR 803-1 $149.00$299
Delta-FSS-STR 865-2 $169.00$225
FSC KDR 760-1$199.00$299
FSC StR 1064-2$279.00
FSC StR 904-2C$279.00$450
FSS FWR 702-2$279.00$450
FSS FWR 901-2$279.00$450
FSS SAR 9115-2$279.00$450
FSS StR 1064-2S$279.00
FSS StR 861-2$279.00
FSS StR 961-2s$279.00
SWC STR 10105-2 (X-Ray LMX) C6O2$495.00$675
SWC STR 1044-2 (X-Ray LMX) C6O2$495.00$675
SWC STR 1143-2 (X-Ray LMX) C6O2$495.00$675
SWC STR 933-2 (X-Ray LMX) C6O2$495.00$675
SWC STR 993-2 (X-Ray LMX) C6O2$495.00$675
SWS CPR 1143-2 (X-Ray LMX) C6O2$495.00$675
SWS CPR 1303-2 (X-Ray LMX) C6O2$495.00$675
SWS STR 10105-2 (X-Ray LMX) C6O2$495.00$675
SWS STR 1044-2 (X-Ray LMX) C6O2$495.00$675
SWS STR 1143-2 (X-Ray LMX) C6O2$495.00$675
SWS STR 933-2 (X-Ray LMX) C6O2$495.00$675
SWS STR 993-2 (X-Ray LMX) C6O2$495.00$675
BWC BBR 805-1$399.00$575
BWC HSR 821-1$399.00$575
BWC HSR 822-1$399.00$575
BWC HVR 763-1$399.00$575
BWC HVR 764-1$399.00$575
BWC SAR 1064-2$399.00$575
BWS SAR 1064-2$399.00$575
BWC SAR 1065-2$399.00$575
FSC SAR 360 Pro 1064-2$345.00$575
FSC SAR 360 Pro 1065-2$345.00$575
FSC SAR 360 Pro 1066-2$345.00$575
FSC SAR 360 Pro 1165-2$345.00$575
FSC SAR 360 Pro 1265-2$345.00$575
FSC SAR 360 Pro 804-1$345.00$575
FSC SAR 360 Pro 924-2$345.00$575
FSC SAR 360 Pro 925-2$345.00$575
FSC SAR 360 Pro 926-2$345.00$575
BWC SAR 1066-2$399.00$575
BWC SAR 1067-2$399.00$575
BWC SAR 1235-2$399.00$575
BWC SAR 9115-2$399.00$575
BWC SAR 905-2$399.00$575
BWC StR 1004-2$399.00$575
BWC StR 1064-2$399.00$575
BWC StR 1065-2$399.00$575
BWC StR 1134-2$399.00$575
BWC StR 1264-2$399.00$575
BWC StR 865-2$399.00$575
BWC StR 905-2$399.00$575
BWC StR 964-2$399.00$575
BWS HSR 760-1$399.00$575
BWS HSR 7600-1$399.00$575
BWS SAR 1235-2$399.00$575
BWS StR 1002-2$399.00$575
BWS StR 1004-2$399.00$575
BWS StR 1064-2$399.00$575
BWS StR 1065-2$399.00$575
BWS StR 1134-2$399.00$700
BWS StR 1264-2$399.00$700
BWS StR 1302-2$399.00$575
FSS StR 1302-2$279.00$700
BWS StR 1405-2$399.00$700
BWS StR 7111-1$399.00$575
BWS StR 741-1$399.00$575
BWS StR 865-2$399.00$700
BWS StR 904-2$399.00$700
BWS StR 905-2$399.00$575
BWS StR 961-2$399.00$575
BWS StR 962x-2$399.00$575
BWS StR 964-2$399.00$575
FSC HSR 821-1$279.00$450
FSC HSR 822-1$279.00$450
FSC HVR 763-1$279.00$450
FSC HVR 764-1$279.00$450
FSC SAR 1064-2$279.00$450
FSC SAR 1065-2$279.00$450
FSC SAR 1235-2$279.00$450
FSC SAR 905-2$279.00$450
FSC SAR 9115-2$279.00$450
FSC StR 1004-2$279.00$450
FSC StR 1065-2$279.00$450
FSC StR 1134-2$279.00$450
FSC StR 865-2$279.00$450
FSC StR 905-2$279.00$450
FSC StR 964-2$279.00$450
FSS CenterPin 1342-4 Full Wells Style Foregrip $379.00
FSS CenterPin 1342-4 Half Wells Style Foregrip $379.00
FSS CenterPin 1344-4 Full Wells Style Foregrip $379.00
FSS CenterPin 1344-4 Half Wells Style Foregrip $379.00
FSS HSR 760-1$279.00$450
FSC HSR 7600-1$279.00$450
FSS HSR 7600-1$279.00$450
FSS StR 1002-2$279.00$450
FSS StR 1004-2$279.00$450
FSS StR 1065-2$279.00$450
FSS StR 1134-2$279.00$450
FSS StR 1264-2$279.00$450
FSS StR 7111-1$279.00$450
Mag Pro HSR 7111-1C$279.00$450
Mag Pro HSR 7113-1C$279.00$450
Mag Pro HSR 7114-1C$279.00$450
Mag Pro HSR 902-2C$279.00$450
FSS StR 741-1$279.00$450
FSS StR 865-2$279.00$450
FSS StR 904-2$279.00$450
FSS StR 905-2$279.00$450
FSS StR 962-2$279.00$450
FSS StR 964-2$279.00$450