G.Loomis redesigns one of the best rods in the world, NRX and NRX LP get replaced with new materials, taper and color.
The new taper is a nice update for the all new 2020 NRX+ & NRX+ LP rods.
- NRX+ - stiffer than its predecessor to help differentiate the two NRX models. Also a call out to the Saltwater rods being separated from the freshwater crowd, which seems to be a way to get out from under the confusing "All-Water" branding message that the Asquith has.
- NRX+ LP - similar action and a bit more power in reserve. I always loved my LP but it certainly struggles on bigger water even from an elevated platform like a drift boat deck. They also have added a 6wt to the mix which should prove to be a great western stick or for rivers here like the Delaware.
- NRX+ Spey/Switch - of course for those that throw the long lines there are a series of new tapers that should prove to find a place in your quiver.
NRX+ - while this action will be new, it should be based on the classic NRX which has been a go-to rod for most of our saltwater anglers and a personal favorite of many of our shop employee's. The 9wt is one of the best rods out there. This new rod should prove to be a winner, as long as Loomis doesn't jack the price up to high...we understand that it is a premium product but there really needs to be relief between this and the Asquith. Honestly, it will be hard not to see this rod as a saltwater favorite right out of the gate, that is unless somehow Loomis duplicates the debacle on original NRX launch years ago. NRX+ material is sporting a new blackish color-way and an all new resin composition - apparently silica is out everybody, and alloy is in. What does that mean for all of us? We are still uncertain at this point, but is sounds fancy enough that someone may mistake you for a materials scientist. One cool standout that peaked my interest (as it was not ready for casting when I saw the line) was the 9'5" 5wt. They are calling this a tailwater rod, which makes a lot of sense as it is designed for technical casting while wading deep.
NRX LP - including the all new materials and tapers, we have seen the color on the 2020 NRX LP and its a beaut.