#9 (tie)  G. Loomis Pro 4X LP   9 foot #5  $375.00

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George's Comments

Again this year the shop guys liked this rod and gave it higher scores than I did.  But this is a very good casting rod at a good price.  At short range I did like the Douglas DXF a bit better.  But at 45 feet, it was better than the DXF and nearly as good as the best rods.  The DXF on the other hand was much lighter in both overall weight and swing weight.  Steve Rajeff has designed a rod that casts very well, but I just wish this rod was a bit lighter.  

I’m not too keen on the cosmetics of this rod either.  The DXF to me looks a lot more attractive.  The color of the Pro 4X LP is kind of a slime green olive with lighter olive wraps.  Loomis uses a Western style grip with a black aluminum uplocking seat and a cork insert.   They do use a SiC stripper, which I like better than the Recoil guides, but then they cheap out using hard chrome single foot guides, which are OK but a lot heavier than the guides they use on the NRX LP.

 

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

Performance at 25 feet:  18.5 points out of 20

Good, but the DXF was slightly better and it also is far lighter in swing weight.  The Pro 4X LP is not even close to the NRX LP in either feel or accuracy.

Performance at 45 feet:  19 points out of 20

Now this rod comes alive and I’m forming very tight loops with excellent accuracy.   This is the sweet distance for this rod.

Performance at 70 feet:  18.5 points out of 20

Pretty good, but the TFO BVK smokes the Pro 4X LP at long range when I was casting them head to head. 

 

G. Loomis Pro 4X LP  9’#5   $375 – 55.5/60

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James' Comments

G. Loomis’ Pro 4X LP is a proven stick and a great choice as a “guide rod” for outfitters and guides fishing on freestone rivers.  It has plenty of power for nymph rigs, streamers, yet has the softer light tip to allow you to throw dries in the foam eddies. 

One plus we found about the Pro 4X LP is that the tip section has nano-resin in it, helping its tip stay light while still being stronger than most rods in its price point.  (The nano in the tip probably offsets G. Loomis’ cost with less repairs). 
 

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

Performance at 25 feet:  18 points out of 20

Not bad at all!  A bit heavier feel in hand despite the nano-resin tip but still pleasant to cast in close.  Accurate but more feel would have got it a 19…

Performance at 45 feet:  19 points out of 20

Excellent performance for a mid priced rod, I was happy to see this rod throw loops right in there with the best of them.  Again, if the rod had a little more feel and felt lighter it would be a 20.  Accuracy was there for sure.

Performance at 70 feet:  18.5 points out of 20

Surprisingly more consistent and more forgiving for me than the G. Loomis NRX LP!  The slightly stiffer tip is an advantage at this distance, especially for those who tend to punch the power in too quickly. 

Cast the whole line? 

Yes sir…

 


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G. Loomis Pro4x-LP

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Logan's Comments


The G. Loomis Pro4x-LP is a winner!!  I really like the look, color and overall feel.  It’s not as light as the G. Loomis NRX-LP and I don’t like the stripping guides as much as the NRX-LP.  For the price I don’t think this rod can be beat.
 

Logan's casting notes: 56 out of 60 

Performance at 25 feet: 19 points out of 20

The G. Loomis Pro4x-LP was really good at this distance.  I think the slight breeze hurt its performance but it is still a great rod.  It went where you wanted it to go nearly every time.  The soft tip would make this a great dry fly rod.

Performance at 45 feet: 19 points out of 20

This is where I thought the G. Loomis Pro4x-LP really shined.  It felt so good at this distance for an inexpensive rod.  This would be a great rod for someone who comes out west for only a couple times a year and can’t justify spending $800 on a rod.

Performance at 70 feet: 18 points out of 20

This rod had an incredible amount of power behind it.  Not as consistent or as powerful as the Hardy Wraith or Scott Radian but still very smooth.

 

3.    G. Loomis Pro 4X LP  - 58.5

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Josh's Comments

Finally this rod is in production and no longer a myth.  For me this is a great rod for the price conscious angler.  While it’s not as light and aesthetically pleasing as the NRX, (or some of the other rods from Hardy or Winston), the Pro 4x is the best mid range 5 weight I’ve ever fished.  It's much like the NRX LP but a rod that is a little heavier in hand and not as crisp.

It also felt like it was a little more forgiving than the NRX.  If I punched the forward cast too much the Pro4x LP wouldn’t throw a tailing loop like I got from the other rods.  Honestly the Hardy rods are probably a little better overall but for what you’re getting at this price range it’s a no brainer.  I often tell folks if you have the money to spend on the best why not get the best but if you’re on a budget or can’t afford to spend $700+ this is the absolute best bang for your buck.

 

Performance at 25 feet: 19 points out of 20

Crisp action in close, I really enjoy the flex of this rod from its butt section to the tip. Heavier than the NRX in hand and overall swing weight but feels really nice and is very accurate.

Performance at 45 feet: 20 points out of 20  

Casts well at forty-five feet; very accurate with ample amount of feel.  Smooth as the NRX but requires a little more effort from the caster.  At this distance you began to notice the amount of reserve power the Gloomis Pro 4x LP has. 

Performance at 70 feet: 19.5 points out of 20  

Has the power to hit 70 feet without difficultly, great control at this distance and nice tight loops.  I notice the extra weight at this distance, a lot like the Sage Bolt but it cast so well I was willing to over look the weight. 

 

 


#7.  G. Loomis Pro 4X LP  56.5/60

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JG's Comments

The Pro 4X LP is a great rod, especially when you consider that it comes in at under $400.00.  It feels a lot like the NRX LP but a little heavier.  Think Michael Jordan for the NRX and Denis Rodman for the Pro 4X LP.
 

Performance at 25 feet:   19 points out of 20

The Pro 4x casts really well at 25 feet.  Like the NRX the soft tip gives the Pro 4X great feel and accuracy in close, I like the Pro 4X just a little bit better than the NRX at this distance. 

Performance at 45 feet:   19.5 points out of 20

At 45 feet this rod performs really really well.  It’s accurate, feels good in my hand and puts the fly exactly where I want it.  This rod’s slightly heavier than the NRX but at this distance I don’t feel that weight is much of a factor yet. 

Performance at 70 feet:   18 points out of 20

At 70 feet the swing weight of the rod becomes a little more noticeable.  Not so much as to really hinder the castability of the rod but enough to notice that it’s got a little more weight than some rods.  It’s got plenty of power to reach the 70 foot mark and beyond.  There may have been the slightest drop in accuracy and feel do to a little extra weight.