Field and Stream

2. G. Loomis NRX+ Freshwater Fly Rod

- —D.H.

I loved the original NRX when it came out in 2010 and would have been happy to cast it forever. But I may never cast it again now that I’ve slung the new NRX+. It’s lighter, livelier, and betterlook­ing; it’s more stable and accurate; and it’s much more versatile. What sets the NRX+ apart are finely tuned micro tapers throughout the rod blank that somehow give you as much control when you’re casting to close-range sippers as when you’re firing at the far bank. My 9-foot, 6-weight test rod is fast and powerful and begs to throw a streamer, which it does as well as any 6. What blew me away was how well it does everything else, too. Whether you’re casting meat flies or tiny dries, the NRX+ makes it easy to throw precision casts from 15 feet to as far as you can fling it. The Freshwater series comes in nine models, from 4- to 8-weight.

STARTS AT $795 • GLOOMIS.COM

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