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Rod Review

Cranking at a Higher Level, the New G.Loomis GLX (continued)

Price & Applications: The G.Loomis GLX cranking rods truly deliver when it comes to action and sensitivity, all in a package that is both ergonomic and lightweight. Even when paired with lighter reels the 783 CBR balances nicely in hand a day full of constant casts does little to tire you out when you have such a lightweight well balanced rod in hand. If covering a lot of water is your primary goal a longer more robust rod would be a better choice and if you w ant to fish really big deep divers you will definitely need more power. The good news is G.Loomis has 12 different crankbait rods to choose from! (See G.Loomis options beyond the 783 CBR below) Talk about getting application specific, or ultra-specific in the case of this new cranking series.

G.Loomis GLX Crankbait Rod Descriptions

GLX 781 CBR - A light crankbait rod designed to throw small lures. Works well with 1/8 to 1/4 Ė ounce baits like the small Rat-L-Traps, small deep divers and 3.4Ē minnow imitators. It loads easily, allowing you to cast light lures with accuracy, a long ways. Itís perfect for small topwaters and extremely effective for using light line on clear-water impoundments and stream when fish get spooky.

GLX 783 CBR - A really good, all around crankbait rod designed to throw medium-sized crankbaits of all sizes and shapes. Itís handles the mid-range diving baits exceptionally well, especially when fishing around docks and the edges of heavy cover. Itís quick, accurate and light as can be. GLX lets you know if and when a bass engulfs your offering because they just donít get anymore sensitive than this and that makes it a great choice for small jerkbaits as well.

GLX 785 CBR - When you start fishing slightly larger lures, especially around more cover where accuracy is more important that sheer power, this rod is a great choice/ The shorter length makes it perfect for tight places where you donít have a lot of room for casting, but need a little more power for those bigger bass. An excellent alternative for medium-sized jerkbaits and topwaters.

GLX 841 CBR - A slightly longer, light-duty rod designed to throw small to medium-sized crankbaits where extra distance is helpful. Itís just right for small deep-diving and lipless crankbaits. If you prefer casting to spinning, this is a really good rod for stickbaits like the Rapala or Long-A. Itís light in power as well as weight and is surprisingly powerful. A great clear-water, long-range cranking rod.

GLX 843 CBR - A rod designed to throw medium-sized crankbaits. Itís a great choice for diving lures like the 3/8-ounce Fat Free Shad or Wiggle Wart, and will throw a Rat-L-Trap or a LuckyCraft LVR across the county. Itís surprisingly powerful and will get a big largemouth away from trouble and moving to the boat quickly. Probably our best alternative for smallmouth and spots. It is a really good, all around crankbait rod!

GLX 845 CBR - When you need a little more power for casting larger crankbaits, this is the rod youíll want. Itís very light, and thanks to GLX, so sensitive you can feel a big bass watch your bait! Itís responsive and recovers quickly when a bass decides to dart under the boat or jump. If you like a slightly longer jerkbait rod for larger baits, this is an excellent choice. Itís responsive, sensitive and resilient... a great rod for all but the largest crankbaits.

GLX 847 CBR - When youíre throwing big deep divers like a 3/4-ounce Fat Free Shad or a DD-22, this is the rod! Itís powerful, slow-tapered enough to let those big baits do their thing and provides just enough give to allow the bass to engulf the bait. Itís designed to fish big baits in and around heavy cover and keep you out of trouble. When in big bass waters like Lake El Salto, this is our rod of choice. Distance, accuracy and Ďfishabilityí all make it a very good big bait, big bass cranking stick.

GLX 855 CBR - It is a specialty crankbait rod, designed for ripping lipless crankbaits like Rat-L-Traps or an LVR D-10 in the grass. It has a moderate-fast action thatís slightly stiffer than our standard crankbait taper to help move the bait enough so it can break free of the grass and still have some room to work itís magic without just flexing the rod. It will handle virtually any size bass and for those that may prefer a little stiffer crankbait rod, and some do; itís a good choice for deep diving baits as well.

GLX 954 CBR - When distance is important and youíre looking for a great lipless crankbait rod, this is an excellent choiceÖThanks to GLX, itís extremely light and so sensitive you can feel a big bass watch your bait! Itís responsive enough to yo-yo baits, recovering quickly when a bass engulfs the bait on the fall. Itís a great choice for virtually any sized bait so if you had to pick one rod for every style of crankbaits, this would be our winner.

GLX 955 CBR - When you need a little more power for casting slightly bigger crankbaits, but the water is clear and the fish are ultra-spooky, this is a great option. Itís light, responsive and recovers quickly, plus it will throw a lure as far as you can imagine. If youíre looking for a real rocket launcher this is the rod... a great rod for 1/2-ounce and 5/8-ounce lipless cranks and medium-sized deep-diving baits. Thanks to GLX it wonít wear you out and you can almost feel a bass look at your bait!

GLX 956 CBR - A good choice for the larger crankbaits and covering a lot of water quickly. The 7í11Ē length gives you unbelievable casting range and lure control. Need to get your bait a little deeper? You can use the old kneel and reel routine easily with this one. Itís the perfect big-water crankbait rod for giant smallies or big largemouth. Handles all but the biggest crankbaits with perfection!

GLX 957 CBR - The Mack-Daddy of all crankbait rods. When the baits youíre fishing are big and bass are tough to handle, this is the one you want. It will handle the giant deep-diving crankbaits easily and with the extra length can pitch them as far as you can see. Itís surprisingly light thanks to GLX, but donít let that fool you. It will handle giant largemouths, whether theyíre in the trees or headed for the hydrilla. A real advantage when you come across a school of big stripers!

Taking a closer look at the understated design and color choice of the rods you may wonder why G.Loomis chose to go with green? Personally I love the unpainted blank design of the previous generation GLX rods. The gloss on rods adds a small amount of weight but also a lot of extra durability, helping shield the blank from blank weakening nicks and scratches. If you think back to the initial introduction of the NRX rods which featured a combination of an unfinished blank with bright blue highlights.

The proprietary reel seat may look aggressive but it is very ergonomic and allows you to put your fingers anywhere under the reel

Those NRX rods were striking, different and polarizing. While I adored the unique immediately identifiable look of the rods there were many anglers that found the blue highlights a turn off. To satisfy those anglers G.Loomis introduced the more traditional NRX Green Series. With something as important as the GLX redesign on the line it isnít a surprise that they would kick things off with a less polarizing implementation. While the green blanks are attractive I canít help but miss those unfinished matte blanks. If G.Loomis releases a limited run of GLX rods with a unique finish, or even just an unfinished blank, Iíll be first in line to purchase one.  

Nearly 400 dollars is a lot to pay for a cranking rod but if you are looking for a rod that delivers that soft moderate action without sacrificing sensitivity or ergonomics the new GLX cranking rods are definitely worth looking at

Which brings us to the actual subject of price, and as you might expect these GLX rods come with a pretty hefty price tag. Performance, sensitivity and quality ergonomics doesnít come cheap and the 783 CB retails for $395 dollars. As one of the shorter rods in the series this rod is actually more affordable, and the longer heavier powered cranking rods retail from $410-$455 dollars. Yes, that is a lot to pay for a cranking stick but if you are a G.Loomis fan you know what to expect and wonít have any sticker shock, this is simply the price of fishing a premium Loomis rod. If you are not an existing fan of G.Loomis just a few hours on the water with this rod will probably make you one. While expensive these rods live up to their billing and this is among the best cranking rods Iíve ever fished when it comes to both balance and sensitivity.  

Ratings: (We've re-calibrated our ratings standard for 2008 and have included a key at the bottom of the following matrix as a guide):

G.Loomis GLX 783CBR Cranking Rod Ratings (?/10)

Construction/Quality Great build quality and none of the wrap issues that were obvious on the blue threading on the original NRX rods. Our test rod was very clean when it came to both the wrap and epoxy work and the new proprietary reel seat is well implemented 9
Performance This rod my not be all that aggressively styled but what it lacks in cosmetics it makes up for in sheer performance. This rod delivers the soft moderate action you want in a cranking rod but unlike glass rods and lesser graphite cranking rods the GLX graphite gives this rod plenty of sensitivity, making it one of the most refined cranking rods we have every fished. When a fish is on the line the rod is deceptively powerful, set as hard as you want, this rod can take it and keep fish pinned 9
Price A "good" price that while not cheap is what you expect with a GLX Series rod 6.5
Features The GLX cranking rods are more about function than form. Some anglers may be disappointed to see the grips so similar the much more affordable GL2 rods but the secret sauce is in the GLX blank and kudos to G.Loomis for designing a new reel seat to help differentiate this offering 8
Design (Ergonomics) This rod balances out beautifully with most reels and the cork grip is a comfortable base for your hand or palm 8.5
Application The 783 CBR is a great choice for precision casting and cranking with mid-sized crankbaits and smaller jerkbaits. This rod can cast heavier lures than it is rated for but if you want to fish deep divers or cover long distances you will want a longer more powerful rod, the good news is G.Loomis has 11 other GLX cranking rods to choose from 8

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:

                 Plus                                    Minus

+ Delivers the soft moderate action you want with a crankbait rod, but with a lighter overall weight - From first glance very similar to other G.loomis offerings in style and harder to identify as a "GLX"
+ Feels very refined, great balance - A premium rod with a premium price to match. You have to pay to play with this rod
+ Very good sensitivity  
+ Set aggressively, this rod not only can take it, it eats up pressure on both ends of the line beautifully  
+ The proprietary reel seat is both attractive and an ergonomic success  


Conclusion: The new GLX cranking sticks really deliver when it comes to improving the parabolic action, ergonomics and still remain among the most sensitive rods you can fish. The difference between this new series and the previous cranking sticks, or the companyís more affordable ďcrankbaitĒ series is huge. While those other rods are certainly respectable the use of the new GLX blanks elevates cranking to a higher level.


There is plenty of G.Loomis DNA in this updated series and the second you feel that "take" and set aggressively into a fish with this rod it is easy to appreciate just what this new GLX blank brings to the table


These rods are precision weapons in the hands of savvy crankbait anglers, and the 783 CBR is a great choice for finessing the bite with mid-sized cranks or smaller jerkbaits. Iíve got many more crankbait rods to test and write-up but something keeps bringing me back to this particular rod when I want to fish the mid-sized cranks. While it may not be the most aggressively styled rod it pushes the envelope not with cosmetics but with pure performance. This rod is built with purpose, and the first time you aggressively set into a big bass and see that green GLX blank arc exquisitely, putting pressure on the fish, you can ďfeelĒ that G.Loomis DNA come through from tip to butt.


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