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G Loomis win the battle to launch the next generation of fly rods to the market and sweep the recent industry awards in Spain and the USA G Loomis win the battle to launch the next generation of fly rods to the market and sweep the recent industry awards in Spain and the USA

Voted best new fly rod at the recent EFFTEX show in Valencia and just last week best in show at the prestigious ICAST event in Las Vegas, G Loomis seem to have created something special.

Following hot on the heels of the recent Hardy Sintrix announcements, fly rod manufacturer G.Loomis launched their new NRX range of 16 4-piece models ranging from a 3 weight trout rod up to a 12 weight saltwater version and a 15' #10/11 double-hander to cover all the bases.

NRX_101786263.jpgCalling on the talents of chief rod designer Steve Rajeff and the support of the entire G.Loomis team worldwide, anglers “will uncover a series of rods that are at least 15-percent lighter than equivalent power GLX rods, plus we’re able to offer a durability feature to make them up to 20-percent stronger and more impact resistant,” said Rajeff. “And as anglers would expect from G.Loomis, we bring the best in components – from reel seats, grips and guides – selected specifically for the NRX fly rod series. At G.Loomis, we have never settled for just good enough. These NRX rods are the best at every level in terms of graphite, resins and components to provide anglers with the most dynamic, lightweight and sensitive rods we can make.”

According to Justin Poe, brand manager for G.Loomis, the NRX construction method is completely unique to rod manufacturing. “By utilizing a stiffer, lighter and higher density carbon married with Nano Silica resin systems, we can provide Steve and his design team with a material that provides all kinds of positive benefits to anglers. The rods are lighter, yet more durable, extremely sensitive, and yet stiffer. Obviously we simply think they are the best fly rods out there.”

The EFFTEX and ICAST judges would seem to agree.

Craig Brew, MD of Shimano UK commented; “17 years in the making, and following 2 years of extensive development and field testing, this is a range G.Loomis are justifiably proud of, and what better launch platform than to be recognized by independent experts as THE fly rod revolution in 2011”.

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In addition to the Best New Fly rod award at EFFTEX, Shimano also scooped the awards for Best New Spinning Reel for their forthcoming Stella FE, and Best New Rod, for the flagship Lesath AX Power Game series.

At ICAST they were not content with best new freshwater rod and best in show but also scooped best new freshwater reel for the Stella FE as well as best new saltwater rod and reel for the Terez and Trinidad A.







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Comments (38 posted):

mcnerney on 10/08/2010 21:42:00
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Paul Looks like the new NRX rods go on sell Friday, Aug 13. http://www.flyfishingoutfitters.com/onlineshop-fly_rods-g_loomis-nrx Larry
atxflyfish on 11/08/2010 20:27:42
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Anyone handled one that can explain what's different with the reel seat? The articles say 'no exposed threads,' but I see threads on the reel seat pictured in the article.
Frank Whiton on 11/08/2010 21:08:04
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Hi Everyone, Thanks for the link Larry. I see they discuss the individual rods but there are no weights listed. Unless the Loomis or Hardy rods are as light as the Helios I don't think anyone can claim the best just yet. In my mind the Helios is the rod to beat and just coming out with a new resin is not all the answer. I have noticed when an ad leaves out the weights it is not by mistake. Frank
imxer on 13/08/2010 02:14:35
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Frank Isn't the new technology supposed to make the rod stronger as well as lighter? I
imxer on 02/09/2010 17:28:18
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Hi Frank, This is a reply that I received from Loomis about the question of publishing the weights of their rods. Only speaks for one company but it sounds reasonable to me. "We do not publish the weights because they can vary a few grams from rod to rod. They are all handmade which results in some variance from rod to rod. It caused a serious problem with a customer in the past which led us to not publish the weights." Re: strength in the new NRX. I am under the impression that Loomis has used a new grade of carbon in addition to a new matrix in order to make the rod stronger. I acknowledge that I am not an expert on this subject and welcome feedback from members who are. My interest lies solely in a desire to learn more about the new technology. Paul
Frank Whiton on 02/09/2010 19:35:54
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Hi imxer, Well it is good that they sent you an answer. Their response doesn't float with me. They could take 10 rods or 100 rods and get an average weight and list it as a Avg Rod Weight instead of just Rod Weight. I don't think anyone expects the published rod weights to be absolute. By not listing a rod weight their marketing people can make any claims they want about how light the rods are. On another note I was just looking at the Feather-Craft site and they are selling no less than fourteen different makes of rods. There are a lot more rod makers out there but fourteen seems like a lot of different makes to be carried by one store. I did note that Scott, Orvis, Sage, St Croix and TFO all had rod weights listed. Frank
troutbum251 on 02/09/2010 23:26:54
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I work at Cabelas, when we get a few NRX's in Ill be sure to cast them and post my opinions on them. Not sure when they will be in, hopefully soon.
imxer on 03/09/2010 00:03:25
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Frank, Apparently one Loomis customer thought the weight listed should have been absolute. I have to respect their decision. Agree with you about the average weight used by the "listers", weighing each rod would be unexpected. A friend of mine has a HELIOS that has 2 7/8 oz in the description on the rod, will weigh it with my Postal scale. I have never been a big ORVIS fan but must say his rod is beautiful, straight and very light in the hand. Have yet to hear anyone knock their HELIOS rods. paul ---------- Post added at 05:03 PM ---------- Previous post was at 04:44 PM ---------- T-Bum That will be great. TX imxer
fishordie on 02/10/2010 22:12:18
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Has any more information come out regarding the re release of the fixed reel seat versions of the NRX fly rods?? Of particular interest are the 7 thru 11 WT. versions for Saltwater work. FOD
fredaevans on 02/10/2010 22:53:44
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Interesting thread and 'timely.' The latest addition of "Fly Fisherman" mag has a feature article on 'New nano-resin adopted by St Croix, G. Loomis, and others." Apparently (short version) this is Silica dioxide in microscopic dimensions (read that electron microscope to even see one); point being this stuff rolled into graphite really fills in all the 'holes' in the material. (Stuffs made by 3M, no surprise there.:punk::teef:) 3M calls it their "Matrix Resin; stuff can be used on fly rods to golf club shafts to jet airplane wings/bodies. Article suggests this is the new 'seceret ingredient' in Hardy rods .. what a waste of $$ there ...:yawn:. Several other manufactures (rods) are also interested/will use the product; some (Orvis as an example::yawn::rolleyes:). All aside, this does sound like a jump forward for rod blank manufacturers, even if it's far more expensive than what's presently available. But, how much do they spend to 'repair' a broken rod? A good trade off from the 'git-go?'
imxer on 02/10/2010 23:45:38
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Great info- guys. In addition to the new Matrix Resin, Loomis claims to have found a stronger carbon fiber that allows them to make the rod lighter. For those interested, go to the Loomis Home site and click on the NRX box. The process is explained by Steve Rajeff, chief rod designer for Loomis. Think you will find it interesting. IMXER
fishordie on 03/10/2010 01:18:58
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I have been doing product testing On Black Hole rods being manufactured for well over a year now out of Korea. This is on my Long Range deep sea side of my fishing life using conventional's and spinners for giant Yellowfin Tuna. The testing has shown this fishermen and others I have turned on to the gear the advantages of this material and methodology. The rods are much lighter, much smaller in diameter and have equal or better recoil than their present bigger and heavier graphite composite cousins. I did some of the original testing on Micro balloons when they first came out as well and this leap, though maybe not as earth shattering, is in the same category of being the next step in the progression of lighter and tougher space age materials. I am not convinced the material is as expensive in production as it appears but G Loomis/Shimano is going to get theirs one way or the other. I will be donating some monies to them myself as I have numerous NRX flyrods on order. FOD
imxer on 04/10/2010 17:22:14
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fredaevans- Is 3M providing the "pre-preg", or what ever they call it now, for all the rod mfgs who are using the new nano-tech? FOD Googled your SW site, looks like the technology is being well tested by you guys. This new rod tech should keep advancing as long as the Aerospace industry continues to flourish. Longer, stronger carbon fibers & new "tighter" resins, wonder how far they can take it? All very interesting. I
fredaevans on 04/10/2010 20:00:41
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This new rod tech should keep advancing as long as the Aerospace industry continues to flourish. Longer, stronger carbon fibers & new "tighter" resins, wonder how far they can take it? All very interesting. I You have (probably?) no idea just exactly how close to the truth your really are ...:army: Many would be amazed at how many of the things we now 'take for grated' which originated in Military applications. From the Transistor to the Micro Wave oven. Former neighbor many years back was a 'true inventor,' millionaire many times over .. and lost all but the last one trying to develop the next. (He was the one who came up with the idea how to scale down Navel Radar sets to .. the Micro Wave oven. Amazing Man! Every so often he'd call and say 'I need to talk.' Always kept a very good bottle of single malt at the ready and was over to his place in minutes .. even if it meant leaving my 'desk job.' (Good to be in Sr. Management, you could 'pull' and no one questioned why.) Amazing man who wanted someone (truly interested) to 'run ideas' by. Many were completely (at the time anyway) impracticable, but later??? Maybe before there time? Perhaps? Commercially viable?? Not yet? Etc??? All that aside, one of the things he taught me was to have a 'pocket sized recorder' on the night stand. He (and soon so did I) come to realize that you'd wake up (like bolt up-right:eek:) at 0230 and have 'ideas.' Many pure gibberish when you played back the tape, but at least you got the idea where your 'subconscious' was taking you at the moment. A life experience that took (after retirement) a long long time to break. Fred
mcnerney on 04/10/2010 21:21:36
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Fred: That had to be pretty interesting to be so close so someone with that kind of mental genius! fishordie: Be sure to post back once you get your hands on the NRX rods and have had time to test them. Being that they won't publish the rod weights, if you have a capability it would be nice to know what the average rod weighs in a particular wt class. Larry
fredaevans on 04/10/2010 21:27:47
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Larry it truly was; many, well some, were really 'hair brained,' but this fellows mind was 10+++ steps ahead of mine. The basis of his idea for the micro wave oven? Sea Gulls getting 'fried' by flying to close to a radar set on some Navy ship. 'If you could cook a flying bird in the air .......' Fred
mcnerney on 04/10/2010 21:35:30
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Larry it truly was; many, well some, were really 'hair brained,' but this fellows mind was 10+++ steps ahead of mine. The basis of his idea for the micro wave oven? Sea Gulls getting 'fried' by flying to close to a radar set on some Navy ship. 'If you could cook a flying bird in the air .......' Fred Fred: I can only imagine some of the converstaions you two must of had, but it would have been fun to be a mouse in the corner listening to that guy. Larry
imxer on 04/10/2010 22:36:36
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Fred- Today's newest aircraft are being built of carbon, the R&D of which probably, at least partially, made these newest rods possible. I believe credit for connecting the two belongs to Gary Loomis. Am waiting for one of the designers to figure out how to eliminate guides by running the line through the blank. Far fetched? Perhaps, but imagine your friend more than likely would have had a thought or two about that. Paul
fishordie on 05/10/2010 02:41:21
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Hi Paul, Connecting the two was not a result of anything related to sports equipment. As others have noted this is a direct result of Gov't funded programs mostly developed by the Aerospace industry. Cowlings, hulls, skins and so many other uses have wormed their way into aircraft, missles and space travel vehicles. We have actually used Carbon and graphite to make complete small thrust jet type engines which have flow in space many, many years ago. I was using new forms of carbon/graphite before it was available to the public and could only be purchased from aerospace firms. We used it in racing sailboats decades and decades ago and the material has found its way into all sorts of commercial applications we see and use on a daily basis. Many sorts of R and D companies have been and continue to work towards developing higher strength and lighter forms of resins, Glass or its equivalent and other forms of matrix type items not just 3M. This is a world wide endeavor and not just in the hands of Americans. Nano technology is the buzz word hear but tomorrow it could have a new name by a new company as the world travels into the next decade and next century As far as line through the rod we have also had that for decades just not efficient at this time as the transfer of direction from the reel into the rod and then through the rod and out just is not efficient. That said lines are placed inside spars of all kinds in the sailboat racing industry, Motorcycles and bicycles or anywhere wind resistance is a factor. The only fishing application I have seen effectively used is a dedicated rod for Mackeral snatching rigs where the hooks are stored out of the way when not in use inside the hollow of the rod. Anyway, If I should get the rods in time I intend to try them Mayaguana this month if I can put the trip together. We are just waiting to see if we can get one or two more folks to go to this amazing bonefishing destination which I have never been to. It sounds like one of the last remaining destinations where bone fish have not been over fished or at least so I have heard. I have heard all the NRX rods have now begun to ship out of G. Loomis with fixed reel seats. FOD Fred- Today's newest aircraft are being built of carbon, the R&D of which probably, at least partially, made these newest rods possible. I believe credit for connecting the two belongs to Gary Loomis. Am waiting for one of the designers to figure out how to eliminate guides by running the line through the blank. Far fetched? Perhaps, but imagine your friend more than likely would have had a thought or two about that. Paul
Frank Whiton on 05/10/2010 14:14:08
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Hi Paul, There has been bait casting rods out for some time where the line goes through the rod. They have not been very successful. One of the problems is the increased friction caused by the line being in contact with the rod. Beter than eliminating guides we need to make them slicker. The reason the SA Sharkskin line works so well is it has less contact with the guides. If they come up with a miracal material for guides it would help with casting distance. Frank
imxer on 05/10/2010 15:59:12
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FOD, Thank you for all that interesting info-. The tech is there, now we can watch for performance results, where we find out how good the rods really are. In my opinion Steve Rajeff is as good a rod designer as any out there and will get about as much out of the material as possible. You certainly make a good point about what lies waiting in the future, should be fascinating. Am sure we will hear from fishermen etc. after the rods have been in use for awhile. Something to look forward to. Paul ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Frank, Nothing new under the Sun? Not surprised to hear the line thru blank idea has been tried or by the results. Maybe the miracle materiel for guides you mentioned will come out of Aerospace also. If we get as much discussion about NRX as we have about Sharkskin line, all interested in the Tech side of things will be ahead. Paul
fredaevans on 05/10/2010 20:55:20
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Fred- Today's newest aircraft are being built of carbon, the R&D of which probably, at least partially, made these newest rods possible. I believe credit for connecting the two belongs to Gary Loomis. Am waiting for one of the designers to figure out how to eliminate guides by running the line through the blank. Far fetched? Perhaps, but imagine your friend more than likely would have had a thought or two about that. Paul Actually Paul, they're already out there and have been for years. Speculation on my part here only on why not a 'big seller' is 'before their time?' and not sure how a rod maker would make the interior of a 'rod' smooth enough not to chew up a line (save for a very heavy one). Again, just speculation . as in 'What the hell would I know?'
imxer on 05/10/2010 22:41:00
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Fred, Have thought about the roughness of the interior, would no doubt require a newly designed mandrel. Or, maybe they will figure out a way of making extruded blanks. OK, tell me they have already tried that too! :) Beginning to feel like the oldest Nerd in the Forum, don't want to run the topic into the ground. Just find it interesting. Paul
fredaevans on 05/10/2010 22:59:04
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Paul, no clue (truly) here, but you could be very right. fae
Jackster on 05/10/2010 23:25:37
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There has been bait casting rods out for some time where the line goes through the rod. Frank I remember those, Frank. To cast, you spun the reel around the butt of the rod so the spool was perpandicular to the rod blank. I would imagine that if made today the interior of the blank could be lined with Teflon or some other super slick substance but you would still end up with a lot of skin friction, especially with wet lines.
fishordie on 06/10/2010 05:51:53
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Well, back to the post at hand. I received my NRX 11 Wt today and if I could judge a rod without a reel, line, fly or water I will tell you this rod "Feels" like the real deal. The shop owner and I played with it for a while or as much as we could without looking like Idol Worshipers. This thing is light in the hands, stiff to the feel with what appears to be plenty of whip for the bugs yet shuts off right where I imagine it should. Driving the butt into the tip really creates some recoil. Heck it would be a great spinning rod if that was the intent. I cannot wait to put a reel on it and throw to some carp in my local lake though I wish we had bigger stuff to play with. Oh well, next best thing to Tarpon and G.T.'s. especially since I will not be in the salt for a few weeks. IF this thing is as good as it feels..... MY oh MY. Now, I am just waiting for my other rods to arrive as the NRX rods 10 Wt and above were without reel seat problems.... I believe. Yes, Steve Rajeff may just be DA MAN. I sure hope so. FOD
imxer on 07/10/2010 19:01:54
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FOD Enthusiastic report, sounds like there will be a lot more to come. Somehow I think 2011 is going to be an active year on the subject of comparing fly rods. Should get interesting. Thanks P
oregonsteel on 08/10/2010 01:58:37
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Well, back to the post at hand. I received my NRX 11 Wt today and if I could judge a rod without a reel, line, fly or water I will tell you this rod "Feels" like the real deal. The shop owner and I played with it for a while or as much as we could without looking like Idol Worshipers. This thing is light in the hands, stiff to the feel with what appears to be plenty of whip for the bugs yet shuts off right where I imagine it should. Driving the butt into the tip really creates some recoil. Heck it would be a great spinning rod if that was the intent. I cannot wait to put a reel on it and throw to some carp in my local lake though I wish we had bigger stuff to play with. Oh well, next best thing to Tarpon and G.T.'s. especially since I will not be in the salt for a few weeks. IF this thing is as good as it feels..... MY oh MY. Now, I am just waiting for my other rods to arrive as the NRX rods 10 Wt and above were without reel seat problems.... I believe. Yes, Steve Rajeff may just be DA MAN. I sure hope so. FOD Was the "NRX wild card" program clearly explained to you? It would seem that if you use the one time wild card you forfeit the ability to use the expeditor program or even simple lifetime warranty.
fishordie on 08/10/2010 03:34:50
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Yo O/S, That was not the way it was explained to me nor does it appear the G Loomis web site explains it that way. My understanding is the Wild card is a one time deal for the original owner only. Upon purchase of the rod the owner of the rod fills out the on line paperwork and sends it to Shimano/Loomis along with a copy of the purchase receipt. Upon processing of the paperwork Loomis will send the rod purchaser a document/coupon/ card or ??? which entitles the named purchaser a one time Retail get out of jail free card which allows that purchaser to go to a retail G Loomis distributor and do an over the counter exchange.. No questions asked.... ONE TIME and is only good at retailers with some issues should the retailer not have the exact rod in stock. This one is a bit fuzzy especially should any rod in the NRX line become obsolete. I am not crazy about this one and it really should be made crystal clear about what happens in this instance as for now it appears as if you cannot just ship it for the one time wild card to the factory for a free replacement and have to rely on retail shops to carry these expensive rods in perpetuity. Of course this did not keep me from purchasing 4 of these rods. My understanding of what was explained to me and confirmed on the G Loomis web site is this is for NRX rod owners only at this time and is in addition to the Limited Lifetime warranty. Yes, other than the one time wild card there is a charge to use the lifetime warranty of 100 dollars for most states and shipped ground to and from the factory. 125 dollars for second day air and A couple of states, not mine, cost 125 dollars for ground. NO expedite service on NRX though I really do not know why. That is one precedent I do not like. Anyway that is my understanding. I only hope my rods stay in tact for the rest of my and my son's life. FOD Was the "NRX wild card" program clearly explained to you? It would seem that if you use the one time wild card you forfeit the ability to use the expeditor program or even simple lifetime warranty.
imxer on 09/10/2010 05:17:59
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FOD I'm with you, if I wanted to fish a certain rod I would do so, warranty or not. Imxer
fredaevans on 09/10/2010 16:46:11
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FOD I'm with you, if I wanted to fish a certain rod I would do so, warranty or not. Imxer Not so sure I'd agree with that ... rod cost new 'dependent.' The 'cost' of a warranty is usually built into the 'sale cost' from the git-go for high end rods. The 'what you pay' for the repair is (generally) not much more than the mail back figure. Or at least that's been the case in my (admittedly) limited experience. Would I pay $700+ for a rod (single or two hander) without one? Not a chance. The odds of me ever using the Warranty? Damned small. That said, the cost of re-wrapping a broken section of rod probably costs 'Peanuts,' but having to keep a ware-house full of rod sections, etc., would have to be unreal.:rolleyes: Little personal experience here in 'Warranty Repairs' but either it was 'fixed' or I was offered a whole new rod (usually a current model) as a replacement (Sage). Fred
imxer on 11/10/2010 05:24:10
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Fred, Well spoken, can't argue with anything you said. Paul
fishordie on 20/10/2010 01:05:53
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Good evening all, Well I now have all my NRX fly rods. 7, 8, 9 and 11 wt. to match with my Nautilus NV reels and Sharkskin lines. The NV's are two G7's for the 7 and 8 wts., a G8 for the 9 wt. and the 10/11 for the 11 wt. all with plenty of 50 pound gel spun. I have plenty of spare lines and will try going up one line size per rod to see what happens. My rigs are setup with loop to loop attachments so changing line is a cinch. I delayed my next bone and permit with maybe some smaller tarpon/snook trip until the 4th of November at Pesca Maya to make sure I had these babies to take with me. I have not had a chance to throw anything with any one of these rods but I will soon and hopefully come back with a big smile on my face. I cannot wait to see if it is hype or the real deal. I am hoping for the latter. My worst case scenario is a great sun tan or cloud tan and a weeks worth of added arm strength from casting. FOD
imxer on 20/10/2010 21:40:50
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FOD Sounds like you are in for some good times! Looking forward to the results.:) Imxer
shorthaul on 20/10/2010 23:23:03
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I just bought a 10 wt NRX that I will be taking to Cape Lookout at the end of the month ---It does great on land and I'm sure it will live up to the hype with a clouser on it. Mike
imxer on 28/10/2010 03:58:43
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SH feedback should be interesting, enjoy your outing.:thumbsupu I
shorthaul on 01/11/2010 17:08:48
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Im back---albie conditions werent the best but i did manage to hookup a 30# amberjack on a big crease fly---woohoo:D I was severely undergunned with a 10 wt but it was fun to watch it eat the fly and pull me around for 15 minutes before it got to the bottom and broke me off. the hoop strength of the Nrx was impressive:thumbsup: mike
Editor on 03/11/2010 15:03:51
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I delayed my next bone and permit with maybe some smaller tarpon/snook trip until the 4th of November at Pesca Maya to make sure I had these babies to take with me Hope you'll post up a full trip and tackle report for us when you get back please! Tight lines, Paul
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