Just to clear things up a little, it's been a couple of years, not ten. His relationship with Ed was "butch and sundance" Not "yoda and luke". If he was a "product" of fishing with Ed wouldn't fish the same lines and flies as Ed and have a similar casting stroke? If by 55 feet you mean longbelly, then yes, he used longbelly lines, but I don't know many who would consider 55 longbelly. Ed used the 1308 dec rod extensively and probably still does when no one is looking. His input is very much responsible for the "thumb notch" at the top of the grip. He also uses Burkheimers, CND, and I'd be surprised if a Meiser or two hasn't made it into his quiver. The loomis rods are fun and great fishing tools no doubt about it, but damn pricey!