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The Search For One: Eclectic Versatility in the 2 Hole. The G.Loomis NRX 852C (continued)

Sensitivity: It's been two years since G.Loomis debuted their new flagship line of rods, NRX. Up until that time, GLX was a safe benchmark for the best of the best in terms of sensitivity. But the competition had caught up. Word out on the dock is NRX is the new standard.

A look at the rod's extra-fast taper.

Our very own Wolbugger called the 873C CRR "the ultimate in sensitivity". In his review of the NRX 822DSR, Zander warns to "be careful about getting into NRX if you really like sensitive, lightweight rods. It seems a consensus may be forming here on TackleTour.

The rod is eccentric to say the least in terms of its mix of guides.

I fished my NRX 852C JWR with my primary line of choice - high quality fluorocarbon, and there's little to doubt that G.Loomis got it right with the NRX. These rods are hyper sensitive. But are they the most sensitive sticks I've fished? Well, I'm not sure I'd go that far, but the sensation I get from fishing this stick is very similar to that of my Kistler ZBone LE ZB4-MH, St. Croix Legend Elite LES76MLXF, Evergreen Kaleido Black Raven, and Megabass Kirisame Limited. I give a slight nod to the Evergreen Black Raven and Megabass Kirisame Limited as the most sensitive sticks I've used in recent memory.

Personally, I'm a little tired of the look when manufacturers mix the compressed cork with regular cork.

Design/Ergonomics: It's taken some time, but G.Loomis finally broke out of their conservative mindset with the NRX lineup. The original NRX was polarizing and contributed to that wave of negativity. I enjoyed it. The baby blue threads made a statement and were anything but bland.

But the split reel seat is a welcome addition.

These rods also feature a mix of guides from REC and Fuji. Pretty strange when you first see them, but out on the water? They work. Aside from that, the split rear grip is the new passť. But the split real seat and integrated foregrip/reel seat locking mechanism are good choices.

G.Loomis, making waves with their new NRX.

Application: The 852C is designed as a bottom contact rod in G.Loomis's "Jig and Worm" series within the NRX line. But considering it is a 2 power rod with a nice light, extra fast tip and a good backbone, I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this rod for light topwater baits, spinnerbaits, shallow cranks and more. If you like fishing with lighter powered rods and giving the fish a fighting chance as you savor the thrill of the fight, the NRX 852C JWR is an excellent "Search for One," all purpose candidate.


G.Loomis NRX 852C JWR Ratings (?/10)

Construction/Quality If you can afford to pick and choose, you can find acceptable specimens but still a far cry from what we expect out of a $475 rod 7
Performance But if performance is your ultimate goal, this stick is sick 10
Price You have to want to play at this level 6
Features The new NRX blanks are the real deal otherwise this stick features an eclectic blend of components 8
Design (Ergonomics) Most either love or hate the baby blue... I've no real problem with it 7.5
Application A 2 powered rod with 3 power versatility 9

Total Score

Ratings Key: 1 = terrible : 2 = poor : 3 = lacking : 4 = sub par : 5 = mediocre : 6 = fair : 7 = good : 8 = great : 9 = excellent : 10 = unbelievable!
For More Details of the updated rating system visit our explanation here


Pluses and Minuses:


+ Finally a new stick worthy of the G.Loomis name - Cosmetic issues still exist
+ Wonderful casting stick  
+ Extremely versatile for a 2 power  
+ Very comfortable to use  


Conclusion: Finally some of that magical nostalgia of the G.Loomis brand has returned for me thanks to the NRX 852C JWR. Sure not everything is quite perfect with the rod and if perfection is what you seek, you really need to be able to shop for these sticks in a store where you can handle and inspect each specimen prior to committing to a purchase. Styling with this stick is more up to date considering its split rear grip, but while the original graphics and colored threads are polarizing for some, for me, the new green colored option is too ho-hum. I'll take the blue.


Welcome back to the lead group G.Loomis, we've been waiting for you.

It's a bit of an eccentric stick to say the least. In my opinion, it's lure rating is under rated, the mix of composite cork with the straight cork is a tired look, the mix of different types of guides is quirky but works, and the open ended hook keeper reminds me of a different rod company every time I look at it. None of this is being pointed out as a criticism but simply a demonstration of how the NRX 852C JWR is both eclectic and contemporary all at the same time and this is a good thing. In the end when you make that first cast, and feel that first contact you'll know you made the right decision. For me, despite some cosmetic issues, this stick scored just under "great" but performed well enough to make it one of my Editor's Choice selections. Welcome back to the lead group G.Loomis, we've been waiting for you.









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