From Rigs to Jigs with the
G. Loomis NRX 873C CRR
with the NRX 873C CRR is pure joy. I really enjoy fishing rods in between 7'0”
and 7'6”, and this rod was probably the most accurate one in this size range I
have ever fished. The blank is very light and crisp, lending it self to
consistently pinpoint casting accuracy. The rod handles it's rated range of
1/4-3/4oz very well. I was able to throw everything from unweighted Senkos to
heavy jigs with no complaints. In fact, it actually did fairly well with
weights up to 1oz as well. While using a rod above it's ratings is never
recommended, in a pinch it will work.
break from Tarpon fishing to test out the action
Though the action is rated as fast, it feels and fishes like many extra fast
rods I've experienced. The immediate tip is not overly stiff so it still
handles light baits well, but the blank loads and fishes similar to many extra
fast rods I've fished in the past.
problem I encountered during casting was when I used a leader when fishing
braid. The connection knot would occasionally hang on the Recoil guides during
casting and retrieval. It was never a huge annoyance, but was most noted when
casting light plastics or pitching a bait. The way around this was to shorten
the leader and always try to keep it outside of the guides.
As the hype suggests, sensitivity is top notch. This rod leaves no mystery as
to what your bait is doing and really helps you fish more effectively. An
angler should never miss a bite with this stick unless they are asleep! I found
myself addicted to using this rod with braided line. When coupled together,
this is the ultimate in sensitivity.
ended hook hangar holds any size hook perfectly
Power: The NRX
873C CRR exhibits plenty of power. When hooked up, there is substantial power
in the mid and butt section to subdue a good fish. The numerous Bass I caught
on this rod posed no problem at all. As mentioned earlier, this rod went with
me one day to an Everglades canal to target Tarpon. I managed to hook into an
acrobatic fish of about 20lbs, which after a short bout and 3 jumps managed to
throw the swimbait. Though a short fight, the NRX handled the fish beautifully
and I didn't feel undergunned whatsoever.
cork protects the rod butt.
Designed as a carolina rigging rod, the NRX 873C CRR certainly excels at this as
well as other bottom contact techniques like texas rigs, jigs, and tubes. I
would also qualify other applications as being acceptable with this stick,
particularly ones using single hooks. My favorites included Senkos, swim jigs,
paddle tail swimbaits, and spinnerbaits. The blank has the perfect amount of
stoutness to be a very well rounded plastics rod, but as expected it is too
stiff to really make a good rod to fish treble hooked baits on.
With a cost of $500, the
NRX 873C CRR is a substantial investment. The only other rods available in the
USA in that price range is the Daiwa Steez lineup. Whether it's worth it or not
is up to you, but the performance definitely backs up the high price tag.
NRX rods feature G. Loomis' “Wild Card” warranty program in addition to the
standard warranty against defects in materials and workmanship. With the Wild
Card warranty, an NRX owner receives a special card that entitles them to a one
time, free, no questions asked exchange if something should happen to their NRX
for any reason. That is tremendous peace of mind considering the high cost of
ratings standard for
2008 and have
included a key at
the bottom of the
following matrix as
: 2 =
poor : 3
: 4 =
: 5 =
: 6 =
fair : 7
= good :
: 10 =
Pluses and Minuses:
Through my middle and high
school years in the 1990's, fishing became a true passion. As I fished more
and more, I began using better and better tackle. At the time, G. Loomis was
really the only true high end rod available, and I slowly acquired a nice
collection of some great GL3, IMX, and GLX rods. I can still envision my rod
rack full of those stealthy, subdued blanks and full cork handles. The NRX
series was such a drastic change in design and cosmetics for G. Loomis, that it
took not only me but many other anglers a while to warm up to them. NRX graphite
is certainly something special, so it only makes sense that the design of the
rods represented this as well.
continues to make some of the best performing rods available!
Loomis realizes that some people may have avoided purchasing an NRX simply
because of the color scheme used. With this in mind, they recently launched the
NRX “Green” rod series. Every NRX rod with blue wraps is now available in this
new series featuring the same components, but showcasing a green blank and
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