G. Loomis NRX 9'#6

 

G. Loomis NRX

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George's Comments:

Here is one of our favorite 6-weights, the NRX.   Although this rod has not changed much over the last few years, it is still one of the best performing rods at all distances in the Shootout.  Nothing jumps out to make me rate it higher than others, but the NRX gave a very solid overall performance.   This is a fairly light rod in swing weight, which I like but it has lots of power to throw long with the best of them.  The softer tip gives it very good feel in close and the tight loops at mid and long distance are impressive.   

 

For once now all the NRX rods in sizes 6-weight on down are green and the 7-weight on up come in charcoal grey with blue wraps. Personally I really like this dark green with matching green wraps.  This is a good-looking rod.  The guides are two wire recoil guides for strippers and the rest the excellent single foot, and flexible black finished nickel/titanium guides.  These help to reduce weight in the upper section and tip section of this rod.  The handle is a Western style grip with excellent cork, and an uplocking aluminum seat with a single locking triangulated ring that is easy to grip and a green graphite insert.  This rod also has a short fighting butt that is helpful and only ¾ of an inch long so it doesn’t get in the way. The NRX rods have proven to be the toughest rods we have ever sold, and very few get broken, although the Asquith may prove to be even more durable.   If they do, you can take advantage of the Loomis Expeditor policy and get a brand new rod in just 3 days!  Your credit card will be charged $100 but G. Loomis also send you a FedEx call tag so it won’t cost you a thing to return your broken rod.   To me, getting a broken rod back quickly is well worth the $100.

 

 

George’s casting notes:    The perfect line-  S.A. MPX in WF-6-F

 

Performance at 30 feet:  19 points out of 20

The soft tip and light swing weight produce good feel and accuracy at short range, but not quite as good as the Radian or Air.

 

Performance at 50 feet:   19.5 points out of 20

Superb power and smoothness.   This rod tracks with the best.   The NRX seems equal in performance to the Asquith and Radian at mid-range, and better than the Sage X or Zephrus.

 

Performance at 75 feet:   19.5 points out of 20

Great power on tap to reach out with ease.   Out long I liked this a lot better than the Sage X or Helios 2.

 

 

 

 

G. Loomis NRX 9'#6

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James' Comments:

In case you haven’t noticed, G. Loomis doesn’t mess around.  While the quality of their marketing hasn’t always been the best, their product has always been top quality, and equal to if not better than their competition.  A lot of anglers associate G. Loomis with spin fishing, since they also excel at making the industry’s top spin gear.  If you haven’t tried a G. Loomis rod because of this stigma, you should forget about it and give one a try. 

 

The G.Loomis NRX 9’ 6-weight is fantastic nymph fishing rod, with smooth power and a soft enough tip to protect light tippets, even up to 5 and 6X.  This is one of those rods that truly excels at casting everything from size 22 trico duns to size 2 streamers.  In the hands of an expert caster, the NRX is an unstoppable fishing tool, capable of conquering every reasonable fishing situation thrown at it.

 

Part of this rod’s success is due to the mandrel design, but the other half is due to the components.  The lightweight and flexible titanium single foot guides cut down on weight and give the NRX its great in hand feel.  The miniature fighting butt is a nice touch as well, which doesn’t get in your way while casting but comes in handy on big fish days or big number days.   The western style cork grip is comfortable and the cork is better quality than other rods in the shootout.  The recoil stripping guides don’t bother me too much. Only when your line is excessively dry will they squeak.   Washing your line and adding some silicone like Russ Peaks will cure any squeaking immediately.

 

The NRX 9’#6 only comes in green (7-12 weights are grey with blue wraps, 3-6 weights are emerald green with matching green wraps and silver trim).  This rod looks great in the sun.  The reel seat only has one locking ring, however it seems to do the job.  The G. Loomis text on the reel seat makes it look a little cheaper, otherwise the carbon fiber insert looks nice.

 

 

 

Performance at 30 feet:  19 points out of 20

 

Tremendous feel and brilliant accuracy.  The NRX was a touch smoother than the H2 but not quite as much feel as the Winston Air or Scott Radian.  Nothing to complain about here!

 

Performance at 50 feet:  19.5 points out of 20

 

Line tracks perfectly.  This is a terrific rod and nearly perfect 20 at this distance.  The Sky and Cross SX felt a little lighter in hand and also had a bit more power.

 

Performance at 75 feet:  19.5 points out of 20

 

Solid performance however timing proved to be an important factor.  Perfect timing provided perfect wind cutting loops.  Punching it produced tailing loops.  Less experienced anglers may find this rod more challenging at 75 feet as it is less forgiving.

 

 

 

G. Loomis NRX

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Logan's Comments:

 

The NRX six weight is another great G. Loomis rod.  Not quite as sweet as the 9’ #5 LP or the heavier models, but great nonetheless.  I think if they made the six-weight in the LP version it would be the winner of this shootout.  A slightly softer tip would really put this rod over the top.  It was nice to see the contrast between the G. Loomis Asquith and the NRX.  Both rods are very different and good complements to each other. 

 

 

 

Logan’s Casting Notes: 

 

Performance at 30 feet: 18.5 points out of 20

 

The NRX was good at 30 feet.  It was not as good for me at 30 feet as it was at the longer distances.

 

Performance at 50 feet: 19 points out of 20

 

At 50 feet the NRX really started to feel like the NRX rods I know.    It was accurate as any rod in the test aside from the Asquith. 

 

Performance at 75 feet: 18 points out of 20

 

The G. Loomis NRX wasn’t getting it done for me at 75 feet quite like the Asquith or the Scott Meridian. I had to work harder to get out to this distance.

 

 

 

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JG's Comments:

 

A popular rod in almost any weight, the NRX is one of my favorite rods.  It’s a little heavier than some but performs great and is really tough.

 

30 Feet:  19 points out of 20

The NRX feels really good in close.  The tip is soft enough that short casts are easy and accurate.  The powerful mid and butt sections give the rod plenty of backbone and make it track true.  It was easy for me to get a nice gentle presentation every time without too much worry of being overly splashy.

 

50 Feet:  20 points out of 20

One of my favorites at this distance, I like the rod’s spot on accuracy and great feel.  I get a lot of feedback from this rod and can get really consistent accuracy.  It loads great and has a really smooth transmission of power because of a great blend of soft tip to powerful butt sections. 

 

75 Feet:  20 points out of 20

I like the NRX a lot at distance because it’s one of those rods that will really do the work for you.  If you overpower the cast it tends to act up when you get some distance between you and the target, but dial it back and let the rod do the work and it really fires out smooth accurate casts.  It’s easy to hit the mark no matter how far out the fish are with such a great rod. 

 

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