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    Default Re: Is it replacement time for the Loomis NRX and NRX LP rods?

    Quote Originally Posted by jr spey View Post
    That should mean new Shortstix and Long-handled Predator models. Supposedly both will have fewer rods (sizes) in the series, especially the Shortstix.
    It doesn't seem like there will be new Shortstix rods, as Ian Devlin and Mark Sedotti are working on some new prototypes under the name Outcast Fly Rods. Maybe Loomis went in another direction but will still add some shorter rods, but I know Ian has posted quite a bit on Instagram lamenting the discontinuation of the Shortstix.
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    Default Re: Is it replacement time for the Loomis NRX and NRX LP rods?

    I started this thread after reading the statement in the shootout hoping someone in the know could shed some light. My fly shop carries Loomis but doesn't display them or some other makers rods. Why is that? If the NRX do get marked down the wife has been informed there might be an unexpected draw on the bank account.

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    Default Re: Is it replacement time for the Loomis NRX and NRX LP rods?

    Quote Originally Posted by willyf View Post
    It doesn't seem like there will be new Shortstix rods, as Ian Devlin and Mark Sedotti are working on some new prototypes under the name Outcast Fly Rods. Maybe Loomis went in another direction but will still add some shorter rods, but I know Ian has posted quite a bit on Instagram lamenting the discontinuation of the Shortstix.
    Actually, I'm quite aware of what Mark and Ian are trying to do. It's been discussed to some degree on another forum. I even sent a note asking Ian if their plans were still in the works and he confirmed that they were. However, a good fishing buddy of mine is a GLoomis rep and he claims what I mentioned above. A new version of the Shortstix will be released at the iCast (not IFTD) show this July and will be part of the IMX-Pro series. He also was the one who mentioned that there will be fewer sizes available.. Of course, plans can always change, but it would seem to be kind of late in the stage to drop the idea now. I hinted to Ian whether he knew what GLoomis was doing, but he scooted around the question. All we can do is wait and see.

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    Default Re: Is it replacement time for the Loomis NRX and NRX LP rods?

    Quote Originally Posted by brownbass View Post
    I started this thread after reading the statement in the shootout hoping someone in the know could shed some light. My fly shop carries Loomis but doesn't display them or some other makers rods. Why is that? If the NRX do get marked down the wife has been informed there might be an unexpected draw on the bank account.

    Bill

    The reason they don't display rods they may have access to is $$$$. Small shops, in particular, have to be very careful how much inventory to keep on hand. When I had my business I often featured reels and other FF gear that I didn't inventory. And not just certain sizes, but the entire line. To do so would have been suicide financially. What you don't stock you don't have to blowout at near or below cost when these companies make changes. I recall a number of years ago when Rio started putting the identical flylines in new packaging. Thankfully, I didn't stock many flylines, but there were a few shops who did that were furious when they had to turn it all over at a serious discount. And yes, most shoppers in a brick and mortar expect them to have the latest in stock, even if it's only the packaging.

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    Default Re: Is it replacement time for the Loomis NRX and NRX LP rods?

    It would make sense to me that the NRX and NRX LP could be replaced with some new tweaked material that may be marginally better (or simply equal to) the current NRX graphite, but for sure lighter in mass weight... the one criticism of the NRX I've read is it's relatively heavy compared to the competitive top-shelf stuff from Sage and the like.... Now, is a NRX so heavy that it'll cause my arm to fall off? I doubt I could even tell the difference... but, purely from a marketing standpoint, it would seem logical to come out with a lighter material so Loomis could tout light weight and/or low swing weight (because swing weight seems to be very important to Mr. Anderson). Again, not necessarily to provide a real-world improvement over the NRX, but purely for marketing (because it will be NEW, and 'light in the hand', both strong selling points these days....)

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    Default Re: Is it replacement time for the Loomis NRX and NRX LP rods?

    S&S stated that the NRX line is a top of the line rod series. So the only thing they could do is lighten up the materials. By lightening the materials wouldn't that change the wjole feel of the rods? Yes, so a redesighn would be nesisarry wouldn't it? I would still buy one if they go on sale.

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    The new rods will have a stunning reel seat with fly-on-a-napkin presentation. It will be interesting to see if they're an evolution of Asquith or not but I think Spiral X will be the platform. If Steve Rajeff's track record proves anything the new series will be a game changer.

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    Default Re: Is it replacement time for the Loomis NRX and NRX LP rods?

    NRX's are core rods in both my trout and bonefish kits. Very few other rods are close to their equal in casting/fishing performance. I don't notice that they are a tad heavy unless I fish them back to back with Sage ONE or X in the sweet or Stickman T8 in the salt. When a replacement series arrives I do suspect it will be lighter with a lighter reel seat too and undoubtedly new taper tweaks as well. I do not anticipate it employing Spiral X though I imagine that technology will find its way to Woodland, WA for the next generation of Asquith eventually. G.Loomis does not introduce new series as often as some other makers and, since 1980's IMX has not had an also ran series yet. GLX and NRX have both been at the forefront of performance and innovation of their respective generations.

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