We all heard the “hype”… we all anticipated what was going to be next in the evolution of the skeleton fish… 8/13/10, Friday the 13th… NRX has finally arrived!!
The G Loomis NRX rods were officially launched tonight to the public. I was at the south FL leg of the NRX launch at the Flyshop of Miami. While at the launch, I was able to throw the whole gamut of the new G Loomis NRX Fly Rods from 7wt to 12wt. If you want the technical aspects of the NRX, you can find them on the G Loomis website, but if you are seeking the nitty gritty of how the rod performed in the hands of the fly caster then you might enjoy the following read.
Here are my initial thoughts on my favorite 3 NRX models…
7wt NRX… This is the true gem in the entire NRX Flyrod series. This rod is fast but still carries a light enough tip to make those short ninja casts when a fish pops up within pushpole stabbing range. Unlike most other 7wt rods, the NRX had the reserve to handle the wind when needed. Line fee was very impressive with the 7wt NRX. You are never lost as this rod keeps you aware of where your line is at all times so you can make the proper adjustments for your shot and not have to take your eyes off the fish. This was also a very forgiving rod, such that casts that would have fallen apart because of an error in your casting stroke were corrected with ease. Weightwise; the 7wt NRX is extremely light weight. For Sage fans, I would say the NRX weights in between the TCX and Xi3. This is a very power 7 weight, which dances into the realm of a true 8 weight. Edit: I once said this was my favorite 7wt I have ever thrown but I have since casted and owned the Sage Method (one of my favorite 7 weight rods) and casted the new Scott Meridian (which is currently another one of my favorite 7 weights).
9wt NRX… If I ever had to choose one rod to redfish or bonefish with for the rest of my life, it would be a 9 weight fly rod. This 9wt NRX is a powerful rod. There is plenty of ass behind it and plenty of punch for those who like to push their casts. The rod is forgiving but has a tendency to be too powerful at times as I found myself overshooting fish often. Finesse is not in the vocabulary with 9wt NRX. The rod casts well with a more aggressive front weight line such as Cortland’s Guide Taper but you may still have to cut about a foot off the head of the line to really load this rod deeper. If someone was looking for a powerful 9 weight rod to throw bigger flies in a lot of wind, this would be the stick of choice. But then again, why not get a 10wt if you are going to need those attributes. Weight-wise, this rod is in the same weight as the Sage Xi3.
11wt NRX… Edit: After having used the 11wt NRX 4pc, I found the rod was not very forgiving. I preferred the 12wt NRX 4pc over this. Both very powerful rods, but the rod definitely lacks finesse. I would prefer the softer tip on the Crosscurrent Pro-1. If I had to fish a G Loomis 11wt, my preference would be to go back to the Crosscurrent Pro-1.