G . Loomis takes top honours in fly rod shootout
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A G. Loomis fly rod has taken top honours for the third time in the George Anderson Yellowstone Angler Five-Weight Shootout – a rigorous rod test that compares 30 of the world’s best fly rods.
The US company’s NRX LP won the 2016 accolade after impressing Anderson and his team of expert anglers and casters in categories including overall weight, swing weight, craftsmanship, price and performance over various distances.
“Honours like this show fly anglers worldwide G. Loomis’ dedication and passion to build the best fly rods possible,” said Thomas Larimer, Fly Sales Manager at the Washington State manufacturer.
By combining the talents of designer Steve Rajeff with a staff that has years of experience, plus a manufacturing facility that allows us to focus on consistent quality, we will continue to make some of the best fly rods in the world.”
The NRX LP (Lite Presentation) also came out top in 2013 and 2015, while the NRX eight-weight was the number one rated rod in the 2014 Eight-Weight Shootout. Also, in both 2015 and 2016 the Yellowstone Angler testers recognised the G. Loomis PRO4x LP as among the top mid-priced fly rods.
“I really thought that another rod would knock the NRX LP off the top this year, but it didn’t happen,” said George Anderson, who has been in the fly fishing trade for 45 years as guide, store manager and shop owner. “The reason is simple. It’s a special rod, with masterful performance at all distances.”
Second in the 2016 Five-Weight Shootout was the Scott Radian, third the Douglas DXF and fourth the Fenwick Aetos.
Introduced in 2012 alongside the nine-foot, five weight were the NRX LP seven foot six inch and eight foot eight inch three weight models, plus a nine foot four weight.