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TackleTour Exclusive: On the Water with the New G.Loomis Conquest Rod Series 


Date: 7/9/17
Tackle Type: Rods
Manufacturer: Shimano/GLoomis
Reviewer: Zander




Introduction: The only way to really experience just what a new rod has to offer is to use it, and we had the opportunity to not just check out but actually fish the new Conquest rods in advance of ICAST this year. These new premium rods combine much of what makes G.Loomis rods so popular among anglers, including proven actions and design, only this time it is merged with Shimano's latest blank technology to create a new series with some very interesting performance attributes and a unique character.




Jointly Branded: Since Shimano's acquisition of G.Loomis the parent company has allowed the well known American brand to continue to develop and manufacture rods the only way that they know how, the G.Loomis way, blending proven rod design with good old American manufacturing. This spawned popular lines including the updated IMX, premium NRX, and even the affordable E6X lineups. At the same time on the Shimano side of the rod house the company focused on driving rod innovation utilizing the latest materials and advancing blank technology.


A first real look at the new Conquest rods from Shimano and G.Loomis


The time for the two teams to really integrate the best that both had to offer came a year ago, with the introduction of the Asquith Fly Rods which were designed by world casting champion Steve Rajeff and became the first G.Loomis rods built with Shimano's Spiral X platform. Leveraging premium Shimano blanks these fly rods delivered excellent power transfer from tip to hand, quick recovery, and increased sensitivity.


Conquest on Conquest


The Asquith line represented an exploratory step into the future of rod making for the G.Loomis brand, and in a few days at ICAST 2017 the company will officially launch the new Conquest Series, which is also a blending of technologies and design to create a new flagship line within the G.Loomis bass rod offerings. 


These are the first jointly branded bass rods in the company's lineup


With significant contributions from both the G.Loomis and Shimano teams the new Conquest rods will be the first jointly branded bass specific rods from the company.


So what makes this a "jointly branded" product offering? Let's start with the actions themselves which are straight out of the G.Loomis proven MBR playbook. G.Loomis team members spent months in Japan helping design these actions utilizing the wider array of blank materials made available to them.


The rods get familiar G.Loomis and Shimano reel seats


To manufacture the new Conquest rods the blanks are first rolled in the Shimano factory using the company's proprietary Spiral X process combined with Hi-Power X technology. Once these blanks are completed they are then sent to the G.Loomis facility in Woodland, Washington to be hand finished into the final rods. There are a total of eight casting and four spinning models in the new lineup, all of which are one piece designs and feature fast actions.


G.Loomis Conquest Rod Lineup Specifications

Line Weight
Lure Weight Action
Mag Bass Casting
CNQ 782C MBR 6'6" 8-14 1/4-5/8 Fast Medium $650
CNQ 783C MBR 6'6" 10-17 1/4-3/4 Fast Med-Heavy $650
CNQ 842C MBR 7'0" 8-14 1/4-5/8 Fast Medium $650
CNQ 843C MBR 7'0" 10-17 1/4-3/4 Fast Med-Heavy $650
CNQ 844C MBR 7'0" 12-20 1/4-1 Fast Heavy $650
CNQ 903C MBR 7'6" 10-17 1/4-3/4 Fast Med-Heavy $675
CNQ 904C MBR 7'6" 12-20 1/4-1 Fast Heavy $675
CNQ 905C MBR 7'6" 15-25 3/8- 1 1/4 Fast Ex- Heavy $675
Spin Jig Spinning
CNQ 782S SJR 6'6" 6-12 1/8-3/8 Fast Medium $650
CNQ 842S SJR 7'0" 6-12 1/8-3/8 Fast Medium $650
CNQ 843S SJR 7'0" 8-15 3/16-5/8 Fast Med-Heavy $650
CNQ 902S SJR 7'6" 6-12 3/16-1/2 Fast Medium $675

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