G. Loomis NRX LP  9’ 5-weight   $755.00 

G. Loomis NRX LP

G. Loomis NRX LP

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George's Notes:

It’s hard to believe, but the NRX LP steamrolled the competition once again to win our 2017 5-Weight Shootout.  This is the fourth consecutive Shootout that this rod has won!   

With all the great new 5-weight rods on hand, we were convinced that at least one would dislodge the LP from the throne but it wasn’t to be.   There are several rods that cast as well if not better at long range, but nothing beats this rod at the short to medium distances, that we fish most of the time.  The NRX LP scored perfect 20’s at both 25 and 45 feet.  At 45 feet the only rod that performed as well for me was the Scott Radian, with the Hardy Zephrus, the Sage X, the Loomis Asquith, the Douglas Sky and the new T&T Avantt all close on Loomis’ and Scott’s heels. 

When I put this rod in my hand it gives me the confidence that I can put the fly just where I want it, and do it time after time.  It conveys the sense that I have the ability to steer the cast throughout the stroke.  This is a nice light rod in swing weight and it has a progressively softer tip than most of the other rods in our Shootout, and this gives an angler the utmost in feel as well as accuracy.  An added bonus is the price, which is $100 under most of the other high-end rods.  

This is definitely one of Steve Rajeff’s best efforts as a rod designer.  Not only is this a marvelous rod for fishing dry flies, but it’s also a wonderful rod for fishing nymphs.  It has enough backbone in the butt and mid –sections to chuck a double nymph rig along with some split shot, and enough power on tap to cast small to medium sized streamers.  If you need to reach out, you’ll find some explosive power on tap.  But to utilize this power your cast timing and stroke need to be precise. 

The LP has been my go-to 5-weight rod ever since it hit the market.  I love to fish dry flies with light tippets, and this is a rod that can handle 6X and even 7X without breaking many fish off when you set the hook a little too hard. 

The NRX LP rods are now only available in a dark green color, which has been my preference all along for G. Loomis’ freshwater rods.  I absolutely love the dark colored single foot nickel/titanium guides.  They will flex but never break.  The wire recoil stripping guides are not my favorites but they do seem to work well and you’ll never break one.     


The Perfect line: S.A. Amplitude MPX in WF-5-F.

Performance at 25 feet:  20 points out of 20

Absolutely the best feel of any of the 5-weights, combined with terrific accuracy.  It cast off the tip extremely easily, and was nice and light in my hand.

Performance at 45 feet:  20 points out of 20

Nothing beat the feel or accuracy of this rod at mid-distance.  Forming tight loops that provide the ultimate in accuracy was so easy.  As good as it gets. 

Performance at 70 feet:  9.2 points out of 10

Still good but at long range, the stiffer rods like the Avantt, the Asquith and the Radian have the edge.



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James' Notes:

It’s safe to say no one wanted this rod to win.  We didn’t want it to win, (since so many of our customers already own one), G. Loomis didn’t want it to win, (since the Asquith is more advanced and more expensive), and obviously none of the other rod manufacturers wanted to see it win for the 4th consecutive Shootout. 

In the end, however, was hard to deny the NRX LP the win!  Since Steve Rajeff designed the NRX Lite Presentation back in 2012-13, the LP has been our favorite rod, for many good reasons. With the LP’s stiffer butt section but softer tip, the LP can do just about anything you ask of it.  Size 20 tricos on the Horn?  Check.  BWO’s, PMD’s, Caddis, perhaps an emerger dropper?  Check.  Pop your dry midge emerger on the nose of a rising spring creek brown?  Check. Throw a Chub/Rub? Check.  Fish a Hopper Dropper?  Check.  Use an indicator, rubberlegs, plus tungsten bead dropper?  Check.  Have the power to cast a 10-foot sink tip and a size #6 leadeye bugger?  Check.  Cast the whole line to impress you friends?  Check.   

We really hoped the technological advances behind the Asquith, or some other rod, would raise the bar enough to knock the NRX LP off the podium, but it didn’t happen. 

At the end of day, the G. Loomis NRX LP’s action is the action we like best for a rod that can do it all. This is the most rounded 5-weight, with both the feel and power we are look for.  

The LP’s soft tip does more than just feel good when casting in close.  The softer tip allows you to throw some amazing “mini mends” which keep your hopper on track past that corner on the cliff wall.  It also protects lighter tippets when you hammer them after the indicator goes down.  The powerful butt section drives the hook in hard while the softer tip dampens the blow.  We’ve found you can be aggressive with this rod and not break fish off on 6X like you would with a stiffer tipped rod.  Nothing can be more frustrating than fishing dries and breaking 3 or 4 fish off in a row with a stiffer tipped rod. 

If it ain’t broke don’t fix it.  Too often do we see rod manufacturers come up with the perfect rod, which sells well for a few years, only then to discontinue it from the lineup. 

When G. Loomis decides to discontinue the NRX LP, we hope they will upgrade the reel seat (like the Asquith or of similar quality), or perhaps give the blank color the kind of shimmer we see in the Asquith, and also upgrade the cork as on the Asquith. Ha, I guess we just described an Asquith LP…


Performance at 25 feet:  20 points out of 20 

Easily the nicest feel, and most accurate, of all the 5-weight rods.  I never felt the need to slam it in there in order to be accurate as with the stiffer tipped rods.  The soft tip here is the key to the LP’s success versus the others.  Only the Hardy Zephrus felt as good to me at this distance, although the Loop Opti-Stream, and Scott Radian were as accurate. 

Performance notes at 45 feet:  20 points out of 20

Smooth, light, and great feel.  The balance of the rod really makes it effortless to cast at this distance.  It was fun to dial in accuracy with this rod, I was able to hit the plate more often than with other rods.  I also enjoyed the feel of the rod better than stiffer tipped rods that were equally as accurate. 

Performance at 70 feet:  9.5 points out of 10

Not as good as the Douglas Sky, G. Loomis Asquith, Thomas & Thomas, Hardy Wraith to name a few.  With the perfect application of power (starting slow and accelerating to a stop) or no wind, I would have scored this rod higher.  For me personally it required more concentration to get it to perform where other rods felt more forgiving.  With any amount of headwind or bad timing I had problems with tailing loops.




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Logan's Notes:

The G. Loomis NRX is still my favorite all around five-weight rod.  Time and time again the NRX-LP proves to be the best.  Its power in the butt and mid sections, along with its soft tip, make the NRX-LP a pleasure to cast and fish.


Logan’s Casting Notes:

Performance at 25 feet: 20 out of 20

Perfect 20 out of 20, every time.  I was able to make accurate, smooth, delicate casts with extreme consistency.  In my mind nothing beats the G. Loomis NRX-LP at these in-close distances.

Performance at 45 feet: 20 out of 20

The NRX-LP still scores a perfect 20 out of 20.  The G. Loomis NRX-LP is the only rod that gets perfect scores for both 45 feet and 25 feet.

Performance at 70 feet: 9.5 out of 10

The NRX-LP was a very strong rod at long distances.  Every year in this Shootout I am able to throw a few rods at 70 feet that have good accuracy, and the NRX-LP does that. 


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JG's Notes:

The NRX LP is still the nicest 5-weight on the market.  The NRX LP has finished first in so many past 5-weight Shootouts, that some people think we be on G. Loomis’ payroll.  The truth is, G. Loomis has a winning recipe with the NRX LP that hasn’t been matched yet, and that’s the bottom line.  For a do-it-all 5-weight the LP’s soft tip and powerful butt section mix perfectly to give me what I consider is the perfect action, and it does everything well.


25 Feet – 20 points out of 20
Good tip flex and light weight allows it easily to make delicate, accurate casts.  The tip of this rod is light and supple and gives great tippet protection and also allows the angler to make really delicate short distance casts.


45 Feet –20 points out of 20
At middle distances, the mid section of the rod begins to load to help produce more line speed and power. Accuracy is great and the rod feels light and nimble in my hand.  The NRX is an awesome rod that casts, mends, and fishes like no other. 


75 Feet -  19.5 points out of 20 
Despite being less powerful than many of the rods we tested, the NRX still performed great at long range giving me very consistent accuracy.


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