#1  G. Loomis NRX LP  9 foot #5   $755.00


G.Loomis NRX LP

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G.Loomis NRX LP

 

George's Comments:

This year I really thought that someone would knock off the NRX LP but it didn’t happen!  This is the third 5-weight Shootout that the NRX LP has won, starting with a surprise win in 2013.  But there is a very good reason for this - The G. Loomis NRX LP is a very special rod, with masterful performance at all distances.  At 25 feet, no other rod that could match the feel or accuracy of the NRX LP, and it got my only perfect score at close distance.  I just get the feeling that with this rod in my hand, I can put the fly exactly where I want it and do it sub-consciously.  Steve Rajeff designed this rod with a soft tip, yet it has very good butt and mid-section power, which makes for great performance at 45 feet and also 70 feet.  This rod has explosive power on tap when you need it.  Only the Scott Radian, the Hardy 
Wraith, and the Tom Morgan felt as good and as solid at 45 feet.   

 

Forming tight loops at all distances is effortless, and with its light swing weight, this is a rod that you can cast all day with minimal fatigue.  Not only is it a fantastic rod for fishing dry flies, but it’s also a great nymph fishing rod.  There is plenty of power on tap to fire a double nymph rig with some split shot and an indicator, or medium sized streamers.  This has been my go-to 5-weight rod for the past three years and the softer tip allows me to use 6X and even 7X tippets fishing dries, without breaking many fish off on the hook set. 

The NRX LP rods are available in two colors – a nice dark green with green wraps is the most popular, and they also have a dark gray carbon colored rod with robin’s egg blue wraps.  I love the dark nickel/titanium single foot guides that are extremely light and flexible.  The unbreakable Recoil guides used as strippers are not my favorites, but at least you’ll never break one.  

With the S.A.  MPX WF-5-F line this rod is absolutely perfectly matched and this gives it a special feeling like no other rods in our Shootout.   

 

George’s Casting Notes: The perfect line: S. A.  MPX in WF-5-F.

Performance at 25 feet:  20 points out of 20

Terrific feel and wonderful accuracy.   It casts off the tip beautifully and feels nice and light in my hand.  Better feel than any other rod.

Performance at 45 feet:  20 points out of 20

Really shines at this distance.  So easy to form tight loops with great accuracy.  As good as it gets. 

Performance at 70 feet:  19.5 points out of 20

Extremely good.  Not quite the power of the Hardy Wraith but tracks beautifully with nice tight loops.  Equal to the Radian out long.

 

 

#1 (tie) - G. Loomis NRX LP 9’#5   $755.00 – 58.50/60

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James' Comments


Nothing Sweeter Than a Threepeater!

As they say, three times is a charm.  For the third consecutive year the G. Loomis NRX LP has taken top honors as our undisputed 5-weight winner.  The NRX LP can handle size 22-24 tricos on the Bighorn one weekend and a size 4 streamer on the Yellowstone the next. 

 The NRX LP’s mix of finesse and power - especially between 25-45 feet is unsurpassed by any rod we’ve found to date. If you haven’t picked one up yet, it’s time!

Although the G. Loomis NRX LP and Scott Radian tied in performance points for me, the NRX LP’s softer tip gave me a “YOU DA MAN” feel at both 25 and 45 feet.  I think it is the perfect rod for Spring Creeks, and flatwater, tailwaters, and anywhere else where large, spooky trout lurk.  For guys casting a single dry, no question this is the weapon for you. 

The one thing I will say for those who can’t get the NRX LP to perform – give it time!  Don’t rush your forward cast, if anything apply more power to your back cast, (which will set you up for a successful forward cast).  Anglers who spend the time with the rod and “get used to it” will reap the greatest benefits and in short become a better caster because of it.

G.Loomis NRXLP

The folks over at G.Loomis should be exceptionally proud of themselves.  In this day in age where new nano-resins, single foot titanium guides, high modulus graphite, and good cork are readily available it’s hard to stay on top, much less remain “king of the hill” for three years in a row! 

To be honest we didn’t really want the G. Loomis NRX LP to win.  Most of our customers have already bought one and it would have been better for sales if something new (and better) had knocked them off.  If anything, this just goes to show what a timeless rod the NRX LP is.  

If it ain’t broke don’t fix it!  Until a new material hits the world of fly rod design and manufacturing G.Loomis has found the perfect balance for an all around 5-weight.  Pinnacle performance in nearly every distance, in the right hands this rod creates mastery control, accuracy, and feel.  At this point the only thing G.Loomis could do is offer the NRX LP in a third color…

G. Loomis NRX LP

Jamie’s Casting Notes with a Scientific Angler MPX WF-5-F line. 

Performance at 25 feet:  20 points out of 20

One of the smoothest rods I felt at this distance, this NRX LP is a dry fly enthusiast’s dream come true.  The fast (soft) tip allows me to throw tighter loops than any other rod in the shootout.  In terms of amazing feel, only the Tom Morgan 2 pc from last year felt better with equal accuracy at this distance.  The two Scott rods came close but the G2 wasn’t nearly as accurate and the Radian was just a hair stiffer in the tip.

Performance at 45 feet:  20 points out of 20

Flawless victory.  This rod has absolutely zero mid-distance hiccups.  Smooth as butter with plenty of reserve power to drive the fly straight to the plate nearly every time.  20 out of 20, without a doubt, no questions asked.  The rod literally feels like an extension of my arm and does exactly what I want it do without any extra concentration or effort.  

Performance at 70 feet:  18.5 points out of 20

Finally at this distance I have to slow down my casting stroke and really concentrate to make a good cast. When I do, the result is amazing and I’m convinced this IS the perfect rod for me.  When I rush the cast and punch the power in too quickly however, I end up frustrated with a tailing loop. If you are a great caster and can hit the NRX LP’s sweet spot every time, you’ll be unstoppable with this rod.  In the meantime spend some time casting long with it to get used to it.  Slow down your timing and don’t force it - let the LP take do the work instead of your arm.

Cast the whole line? 

Yes, but I really have to apply my power smoothly, otherwise expect a tangle.

 

 

 

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Logan's Comments

Again?!?!?!?!  Yes, the NRX-LP is still my favorite 5-weight.  Everything about it was great, and is still great.

Logan's casting notes: 59.5 out of 60 

Performance at 25 feet: 20 points out of 20

The G. Loomis NRX-LP is perfect in close.  I was hitting the plate almost every time.  Even when I was off, I was off in the same place (wind).  The soft tip gives me just what I'm looking for at close distances.

Performance at 45 feet: 20 points out of 20

If this rod had a sweet spot it would be 45 feet.  This rod is still the only rod I gave perfect 20’s for 25 and 45 feet, simply because it is so accurate.

Performance at 70 feet: 19.5 points out of 20

This rod felt very solid at these longer distances.  There were few rods that felt good at 70 feet and the NRX-LP was one of them.

 

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 Josh's Comments

Three-Peat!  All around winner for three years running, If there is one thing we can all agree on it is this rod is incredible.  The two reasons I placed the Scott over the Loomis for two years running is overall ascetics and the fact that it is a little more forgiving than the Loomis.  The NRX is a precise piece of fly fishing equipment, if you are a text book caster like Rajeff or George there is nothing this rod can't do. However I have a tendency to power my cast late giving the NRX tailing loops at times.    

 

Performance at 25 feet: 19.5 points out of 20 

This rod is fantastic for in close work! Feels amazing in tight, I liked grabbing the Radian and directly comparing the two.  While the NRX wasn’t quite as good at this distance for me, it was a very close.  I had just as much control as I did with the Radian but with a little less feel when casting off the tip of the rod.

Performance at 45 feet: 20 points out of 20  

This was by far the best rod at this distance for me.  Landing the fly six inches of the target was automatic with very little effort.  The rod creates nice tight loops with every casting stroke at this distance.  I would really enjoy fishing both nymphs and dries at this distance with the NRX. 

Performance at 70 feet: 19.5 points out of 20 

The LP excels at 70 feet, it throws tight loops with little effort and tracks beautifully. While a lot of my shots feel just short of the plate they were all very accurately.   This is one of the few rods that remain accurate at this distance and doesn’t compromise feel with a stiffer rod blank.

 

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It’s hard to beat the way this rod feels in hand.  It’s light, crisp, balanced, and attractive.  It comes in two colors, a solid emerald green and grey with blue wraps.  George really likes the green but I like the blue one the best.  

Performance at 25 feet:   20 points out of 20

At 25 feet the LP (light presentation) tip really makes this a great rod to cast.  Flex the tip and let the cast go, it’ll land right where you want it with excellent control.

Performance at 45 feet:   20 points out of 20

Once you get enough line out to flex the rest of the rod the NRX LP really comes to life.  It is accurate every time, light so you know that you have control and it gives the angler a great sense of what’s happening at the end of your line.  If your fishing is anything like mine, most of your casts will be right there around the 45 foot mark.  This rod is any excellent tool to fish just about anything you can think of and mid-range casts are where I think most people will appreciate it the most.

Performance at 70 feet:   20 points out of 20

That’s not to say that at longer ranges like our 70 foot test distance the NRX LP doesn’t do very well.  It still has fantastic power, excellent accuracy, and great sensitivity to keep you connected with your fly even at long ranges. 

I also think it should be said that the G. Loomis rods are some of the most durable out there.  I can use them and abuse them and they hold up better than anything else I’ve ever fished.