Randomly found a great interview with Gary Loomis. Talks about how G. Loomis got started and where it's going now that Shimano stopped selling G. Loomis blanks. Keep your eye's open for rods built from North Fork blanks, looks like they'll be leading the pack... Here's the link:
http://www.tackletour.com/reviewintervi ... oomis.html
Awesome read, can't wait for part 2.