I've had a chance to test the new G Loomis NRX fly rods for several months and the results have been impressive. I've been tarpon fishing in Keys and also spent some time in the Northeast fishing for striped bass and bluefish.
This new fly rod and spinning rod series from G. Loomis uses Nano Resin technology to make a product that is truly like nothing else on the market. Microspheres fill in the space between the fibers of the high modulus graphite. This allows for lighter graphite material and also strengthens the graphite exponentially. A more simplified explanation - you have a very durable rod that is both 20% lighter and 20% stronger than the GLX!
For those of you that think the new NRX series is just a beefed-up version of the GLX, it is anything but. This fly rod is built on new mandrels, consists of new schedules of higher modulus graphite, and has the latest most state-of-art components in fly fishing rods.
Here's what I've noticed. It feels lighter than any other fly rod I've ever cast before. It's much lighter than the G Loomis GLX series. An 11-weight feels like a light 10-weight in my hands. Casting wise - the rod is very crisp and doesn't "bobble" when I apply power to the cast (like in extra long casts or punching a fly into the wind). Fish fighting wise- the NRX performed much like the CrossCurrent GLX, but just feels so much lighter in my hands. Power is not sacrificed. I even purposely hooped these rods several times to test durability. The G Loomis NRX absolutely maintained strength throughout.
The end result - my casting loops are tighter with less effort and it's easier to deliver the fly to the fish in any condition. Thus far, the rod has performed flawlessly. And that's the truth.
Check out the official press release below
G LOOMIS INTRODUCES THE NEXT ADVANCE IN GRAPHITE RODS
EXCLUSIVE NRX TECHNOLOGY OFFERED IN 16 FLY RODS
WOODLAND, Washington USA - ICAST Show 2010 Introduction - Anglers around the globe realize G.Loomis is a long-time leader in graphite rod blank technology. It started with IM6 and GL2, then to GL3 and IMX, and then GLX more than 16 years ago, the only graphite made strictly for use in the construction of fishing rods. The next breakthrough is now here with the new NRX fly rod series, offered in 16 four-piece models in weights and designs for trout, salmon/steelhead, saltwater and two-hand/spey techniques. The rods have already received international recognition by being honored with the ‘Best New Fly Rod' award at European Fishing Tackle Trade Expo (EFTTEX), held this past June in Valencia, Spain.
Calling on the talents of chief rod designer Steve Rajeff and the support of the entire Loomis team worldwide, anglers "will uncover a series of fly fishing rods that are at least 15-percent lighter than equivalent power GLX rods, plus we're able to offer a durability feature to make them up to 20-percent stronger and more impact resistant," said Rajeff. "And as anglers would expect from G Loomis, we bring the best in components - from reel seats, grips and guides - selected specifically for the NRX fly rod series. We have never settled for just good enough. These NRX fly rods are the best at every level in terms of graphite, resins and components to provide anglers with the most dynamic, lightweight and sensitive rods we can make."
According to Justin Poe, brand manager for G Loomis, the NRX construction method is completely unique to rod manufacturing. "By utilizing a stiffer, lighter and higher density carbon married with Nano Silica resin systems, we can provide Steve and his design team with a material that provides all kinds of positive benefits to anglers. The rods are lighter, yet more durable, extremely sensitive, and yet stiffer. Obviously we simply think they are the best fly rods out there."
Within the NRX series, trout anglers are addressed with four 9-foot rods offered in 3, 4, 5 and 6 weights. For salmon and steelhead action, there are 10-foot NRX rods in 7, 8 and 9 weights. For both lighter action inshore and heavier tarpon and tuna use in the salt, NRX rods include 9-foot 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12 weight models, while two-hand casters are provide with NRX spey rods in a 13-foot 8/9, a 14-foot 9/10, and a 15-foot 10/11.
All the NRX fly rods feature black Ion coated REC Recoil guides. Each rods custom reel seat - proprietary to G Loomis - has no exposed threads so as to make it easy to lock the reel to the reel seat. The grips feature G Loomis' ‘HD cork' design, where the cork transitions to provide more sensitivity where needed, and more durability in where needed."What fly anglers will experience with NRX is line on the water sensitivity through the rod blank that they have never felt before - either in a G Loomis rod or any other," Poe states. "And with our NRX trout rods, it could be the difference needed on whether you fish with an indicator or not. At G Loomis, we say these fly rods have life. Fish one and you'll quickly feel what we mean."