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Rod Review

Want to feel even the slightest ticks 50 feet below? With the latest G.Loomis GLX Drop Shot rod you can

Date: 12/29/05
Tackle type: Rod
Manufacturer: G.Loomis
Reviewer: Zander

Total Score: 8.91

Do you enjoy fishing drop shot rigs? Are you willing to pay more for a premium rod? Do you crave every ounce of sensitivity you can possibly wring out of a high modulus rod? If the answer to all these questions is a resounding “yes,” then G.Loomis has a new spinning rod with your name on it. For those anglers that are looking for an ultra lightweight, extra refined, and super-sensitive drop shot rod comes the new GLX DSR820S.

GLoomis GLX (DSR820S) Specifications

Material GLX Graphite
Length 6' 10"
Rod Weight 3.8oz
Line Weight 4-8lb
Lure Weight 1/8-3/8oz
Guides 7 Recoil plus the tip
Action Extra Fast
Power Mag-Light
Color Brown Moss
MSRP $355.00

Its nearly 2006 and the start of the show season is beginning just a week from now. One of the new rods that G.Loomis is sure to showcase is their new GLX drop shot rod. That’s a right, an official GLX version of their already popular DSR820S Drop Shot rod. The new GLX version has the same dimensions as the original with a length of 6’10” and also has the same #2 power rating. While the original sported a color dubbed “Spanish Green,” the GLX DSR is a much darker brownish-green finish.


The newest member of the G.Loomis family, the GLX version of the DSR820S

Feature-wise the two rod’s grips are near identical, but the original DSR’s blank is finished with a heavy coat of gloss while the GLX is uncoated and matte in appearance, similar to a traditional G.Loomis Mag Bass GLX rods. The last thing we noticed was the difference in guides. The original makes use of all Fuji components while the GLX version employs Recoil guides in an effort to reduce every last iota of superfluous weight. (4.1oz (original) versus 3.8oz) All in all I found the rod clean, handsome, and utilitarian in appearance, much more in keeping with the traditional motif of the G.Loomis rods of days past.

Complete Test Rig for GLoomis GLX (DSR820S)

Rod GLoomis GLX DSR820S
Reel(s) Shimano 2500MgFA
Line 4lb P-Line Fluorocarbon
6lb P-Line Fluorocarbon


Real World Test: For this test we fished clear water reservoirs drop shotting in winter at depths between 20-60 feet. We also decided to see just how versatile a stick the new DSR GLX was by fishing modified drop shot rigs by pitching the rigs in the murkier shallower waters of the California Delta. To maintain a low overall outfit weight we paired the rod up with the 2500 Stradic Mg. We also wanted to be able to really get a feel for how well rod handled light lines so we ordered an identical spare spool and proceeded to put 4 and 6lb P-Line Fluorocarbon on our test spools. With the rod, reel, and a full spool of 6lb line the entire rig weighed in at 12.9oz, which is lighter than a Calcutta 300 TE alone.


We paired our rod with the magnesium based Stradic 2500MgFA

There was a time when I seldom drop shotted. I knew the technique worked but I seemed to only land small fish, and thought my time was better spent pitching and flipping Texas rigged plastics. All that changed when I began fishing larger plastics and started having success fishing a drop shot not only in deep clear water but pitching the rig right up against structure or the shore. Since then I have been obsessed with the technique, as it has successfully produced big fish for me even when other techniques have failed.

A supplied elastic band holds drop shot weights in place

The methods in which anglers are now fishing this technique have also evolved as the popularity of the practice has grown. No longer is fishing a drop shot simply lowering a line vertically in clear water the minute the fish finder lights up. It is possible with the GLX DSR to cast and pitch drop shot rigs with ¼ to ½ oz weights a very good distance. This allows you to park your rig parallel to structure or bring it back along a rocky shoreline. We found the tip agile enough to get drop shot rigs right in between downed trees or even skipped under docks. When pitching with this rig it was easier to use the 6lb line over the 4lb, as it is easier to control distance, and you don’t have to be concerned as much about line damage as a result from contact with structure. The advantage of the rod’s responsive tip is the ability to also use this rod for accurately throwing light plastics. I also found this rod exceptional for casting darter heads and jig & worm setups.

The new rod makes use of Recoil guides for reduced weight and increased sensitivity

Retrieve: It seems like anglers these days will use just about any size hook on a drop shot rig, but I still prefer small mosquito hooks for even my heaviest “Bubba Shot” rigs. Using small hooks like these requires a nimble rod that is capable of moving fish up to the boat without ripping the tiny hook right out of the fish’s mouth. During our tests we found that fishing 50 plus feet of water tested the attributes of this rod. With 4lb line once I hooked into a 3lb fish it felt like a lunker. On that particular fish I thought I actually had something much bigger on the line as the fish absolutely mashed my Roboworm. As I carefully lifted the rod and began my retrieve the fish dove for cover and took both the drag on the Stradic as well as seriously bent the front of the rod downwards. Here’s where it got interesting. Rather than arcing like a traditional rod the GLX graphite is stiffer up through the middle of the rod so the tip can travel with the fish while you still have a solid enough stick to move a lunker away from structure, this helps keep lighter lines from snapping if the fish makes a hard run. The characteristics of this rod actually help preserve your line during the fight, just make sure not to overload the tip and high stick.   

Stressing the Recoils


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