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Rod Review

Creature Fever : Jigging, Worming, and Chopping with G.Loomis's GL2 804C JWR


Date: 1/27/12
Tackle Type: Rod
Manufacturer: G.Loomis
Reviewer: Cal

Total Score: 7.42 - GOOD

After G.Loomis’s exciting launch of their new flagship, NRX rods during ICAST 2010, we were really excited to see what this manufacturer had in store for us at ICAST 2011. What they did was take us by surprise by addressing the other end of their lineup spectrum in updating the often neglected and taken for granted GL2. For bass fishermen, GL2 represents G.Loomis’s entry level stick, yet at roughly $190, they’re still a pretty hefty investment for anglers just starting out. As part of our Creature Fever themed year, we take a look at their six foot, eight inch (6’-8”) heavy powered stick. Introducing our review of G.Loomis’s GL2 804C JWR.


G.Loomis GL2 804C JWR Specifications

Material G.Loomis GL2 Graphite
Length 6'-8"
Line Wt. 14-20lb
Lure Wt. 5/16 - 3/4 oz
Pieces 1
Guides 8+Tip (Fuji Aluminum Oxide inserts with black frames)
Rear Handle Length 8.5"
Power Rating Heavy
Taper X-Fast
Rod Weight 5.1
Origin Made in USA
MSRP $190


Impressions: I've mentioned previously that my introduction to G.Loomis came in the company's early years with a stick in their now defunct IM6 line. Back then, as I recall there were only the IM6 and IMX lines. GLX wasn't even in the picture. In time, IM6 became GL3, and GL2 was introduced as the new entry level series.  We're not exactly sure when GL2 came into the picture, but the series as a whole stood pat for a long while before finally being updated for the 2012 model year.


Introducing the new look G.Loomis GL2.

G.Loomis is pretty guarded regarding the blends and composites within their blanks, but the most notable improvement with the GL2 line is the new, more aggressive cosmetics. The manufacturer hinted last year, that status quo was up for a shakeup when they introduced NRX to the scene, and they've continued that trend with the new GL2.

The most notable feature with these sticks? The sculpted, split grip handle design.


Case in point? Our GL2 804C JWR features a split rear grip contoured for better comfort in your hand, a butt end with squared off sides,  and a very small foregrip to cap off the handle assembly. It is made with a blend of cork and compressed cork material and surrounds a Fuji ACS reelseat. The blank itself is a deep burgundy and the components are Fuji Aluminum Oxide guides with black frames.


Lab Results for G.Loomis GL2 804C JWR

Avg RoD (2-48 oz)
Measured Weight (oz)
Balance Point (inches)
Balancing Torque (ftlbs)
G.Loomis GL2 804C JWR

Fig 1: This chart illustrates the deflection characteristics of the GL2 804C JWR (orange) as compared to our Creature Fever baseline rod, the MBR844C GLX (yellow) and another similar stick, St. Croix's ACV70MHXF (blue). You can see both the GL2 and Avid share similar tip characteristics to the MBR844CGLX, but thanks to their extra-fast tapers, they have plenty of power behind the tip.

Field Tests: I cheated a little bit with this stick purchasing it right at release and just in time for a trip to the Amazon. I figured what better way to test this overhauled stick than to put it up against some mean peacock bass.

First test for the GL2 804C JWR? A trip to the Amazon.

Casting: The 804C JWR is rated as a heavy powered stick. Typically a “4” power bass rod from G.Loomis is rated up to one ounce in lure rating, but just like the rating discrepancy we found on the NRX 852C JWR, the GL2 804C JWR is only rated up to three quarters of an ounce (3/4oz) on the high end.

Even though this is a "4" power bass rod from G.Loomis, it does not share the same line and lure ratings as the MBR844C.

Just the same, when paired with either a Chronarch E7 or Scorpion DC7, this stick easily cast baits up to one and a half ounces and despite its extra-fast rating, the rod loads well and is a predictable caster.

This stick performed well when matched with a Scorpion DC down in the jungle.

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