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The G.Loomis NRX+ Bladed Jig Rod – Overkill, and Just What Enthusiasts Want

 

Date: 7/13/21
Tackle type: Rod
Manufacturer: G.Loomis
Reviewer: Zander






Total Score: 8.50 - ULTIMATE ENTHUSIAST AWARD!

Introduction: The G.Loomis NRX+ rods are a modernization of a legend, and bring the American-made series up to date with Spiral X technology, a new resin which makes for a lighter overall blank, improved ergonomics, and the return of the hybrid guide-train. In addition to the popular Mag Bass actions the company is introducing a series of technique specific models, including a brand-new bladed jig rod, which is our first in depth look at what this new series is all about.

 

G.Loomis NRX+ 883C BJR Specifications

Material NRX+ Graphite (GL8 Resin) 
Length 7'-4"
Line Wt. 12-16lb
Lure Wt. 3/18-5/8oz
Pieces One
Guides 11+Tip (Fuji Ti/SiC + Recoil)
Rear Handle Length 10"
Power Rating Medium Heavy
Taper Fast
Rod Weight 4.2oz.
Origin Made in USA
MSRP $625.00

 


The new G.Loomis NRX+ rods are now available and positioned directly below the Conquest Series

 

Impressions: For many anglers, the original NRX Series is the benchmark for what anglers expect in a light ultra-sensitive rod, and even though it has been a full decade since the initial launch they continue to be a favorite in many angler’s arsenals. This season G.Loomis took the challenge of reimagining the NRX line, and similar to what they did on the fly side last season, introduced the evolution of the conventional series with matching “NRX+” technologies and branding.


NRX+ clearly pays homage to the original series with signature design elements and continued use of a hybrid Fuji and RECOIL guide-train, but now adds multi-taper design and Spiral X graphite construction which helps modernize the series and brings it right up to the border of Conquest territory.

 


The NRX+ rods merge Spiral X construction with a new GL8 resin to create a lighter, more crisp, feeling rod


There is a total of twenty-eight rods in the new NRX+ lineup, and many are updates of venerable Mag Bass actions, while some now address new applications that have become only more popular over the last ten years. Examples of these technique specific rods include the NRX+ Spin Jig, Ned Rig, and Bladed Jig rods.

 


The first NRX+ rod we are taking a closer look at is the technique specific Bladed Jig Rod


We will be looking at the Mag Bass and Jig and Worm casting rods in future reviews but the first NRX+ rod that we were able to get our hands on was the Bladed Jig Rod. This is a very unique application for the new NRX+ series and an interesting showcase for the rod’s new blank design, as many anglers prefer a softer more moderate and forgiving blank for fishing bladed jigs, and glass is even a popular blank material for this application.

 


Check out that clean wrap


When it comes to design the BJR, and other NRX+ rods, follow the original NRX formula pretty closely. The grips are still cork, and the blanks are dark, and raw, in appearance without a layer of gloss beyond the lower branded section of the rod. Use of blue threading gives the NRX+ rods a direct tie to the original, and I’m happy to report that the threading on all the rods this time around is excellent. There is no noticeable thread gapping on this rod whatsoever.

 

Many of the NRX+ Mag Bass rods feature a single solid cork grip but the BJR has a familiar split grip


There are both full and split grip models but the ergonomics on the new rods looks fresh, and much more modern. Custom Shimano style CI4+ reel seats are now employed on the rods, and the cork grips are sculpted more aggressively and finished with composite cork for an overall more refined look. If anything, the new rods look cleaner than the originals with the blue highlights implemented on just the lower portion of the rods, versus extending all the way up through each of the guides. Overall the new rods look very premium and do not deviate very much from what makes G.Loomis rods instantly recognizable.

 


The cork grips are finished with composite cork

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