What the Finesse: A Different
Character, the NRX Drop Shot Rod
Total Score: 8.42 -
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Introduction: We kick off our look at the NRX series with the finesse
oriented drop shot rod, the 822DSR. This rod makes use of the company’s new
blank technology and features a hybrid guide design. Does this high-end drop
shot rod really deliver on all fronts when it comes to weight, sensitivity and
6 - 12lb
3/16 - 1/2oz.
9 Guides + Tip Top
review of an NRX rod... the finesse drop shot rod in the series
The NRX Series got off to a good start when they were well
received at last year’s ICAST show taking home both the overall “Best of Show”
and “Best of Show in the Freshwater Rod Category.” The launch was a major
undertaking for the G.Loomis brand which is deeply rooted in tradition. The is
new series of rods feature a number of firsts for G.Loomis including use of a
brand new blank material, a split grip, skeltonized reel seat on the casting
models, and a hybrid guide design. While some of these design elements are
commonplace on custom rods much of this was a radical departure for G.loomis.
make use of a new nano silica resin
One of the key people behind G.Loomis is Brand Manager
Justin Poe, who was also heavily involved in the launch of the Shimano Cumara
and Cumulus rods. It is pretty clear some of what was successful from previous
Shimano launches was carried over into the NRX design, including the use of
split grip and the open reel seat design. For some die-hard Loomis fans these
changes were shocking, other anglers were thrilled and pondered as to just why
it took so long to implement some of these designs.
rod features a cork handle
The NRX rods also broke the mold of what anglers might
expect in terms of look and feel and the bright blue threading was somewhat
polarizing at first. I personally really liked it, not only because it stood out
versus the rest of the G.Loomis line but because it showed that the company was
willing to take chances. While most bass anglers responded positively to the new
motif it took fly fishermen a little longer to warm up to the radical design.
guide is Fuji SIC
The NRX rods make use of a brand new material that is very
different than the ultra high modulus GLX graphite. This new graphite is an
ultra high density carbon that is infused with Nano Silica resin systems, the
result is a blank that is designed to be lighter, more sensitive, and 20% more
durable than GLX. Those are some pretty big claims!
In the middle
are REC recoil black ion coated nickel-titanium guides
The NRX’s hybrid guide system is utilized on both casting
and spinning rods and features both Fuji titanium-framed SIC guides and REC
recoil black ion coated nickel-titanium guides strategically placed on the
blank. The result is a very clean looking implementation that is designed to
handle the complete gamut of fishing lines.
The tip top
guide is also Fuji SIC