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G. Loomis NRX Fly Rods NEW FOR 2011 !!!
Fear No Fish !!! NRX Fly Rods with free Rio fly lines !!!       Spey Rod Test Report
NRX Trout NRX Saltwater NRX Salmon/Steelhead NRX Two-Hand
NRX fly line speed generators...SPEEEED !!!
NRX Fly Rods are made with the newest nano-resin technology and are 25% lighter in weight and 20% stronger per model than any other series of fly rods that G. Loomis has made before. This makes them possibly the lightest and strongest rod per model in the world.
This is what G. Loomis says about NRX Rods, "NRX is the culmination of what we have been doing at G. Loomis since day one. We have been continually striving to build the best rod on the planet. Laminates, resin, mandrels, components and the know how you expect from us. These NRX rods look like nothing we have built before. They feel better than anything we have built before. We aren't talking about a little better here or a little lighter there...
What we are saying so there is no confusion... " This is the Best Fly Rod Ever Built!" Period!!

NRX Trout
#3 #4 #5 #6

NRX 1083-4 FLY

Length: 9'     Line: #3     Pieces: 4

A very precise, lightweight trout rod designed for casting small dries and nymphs on large freestone creeks and small rivers where long casts are a factor, but where accuracy is the key. NRX makes it as light as the proverbial feather, allowing you to cast all day long and hardly notice the rod in your hand. Whether it's lake fishing or stream fishing... trout or panfish, this may be the lightest, most technical 3-weight on the market.

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11911-01 NRX 3 Med Fast   $700 SALE ENDED

NRX 1084-4 FLY

Length: 9'     Line: #4     Pieces: 4

An incredible 4-weight rod for fishing larger streams and stillwaters with dry flies, nymphs or small streamers. The 9-foot length, along with the unbelievable light weight gives you casting range and line control that is almost unheard of. It is surprisingly powerful, able to punch out 60'+ casts, it will fish tippets as light as 6X no problem. When you have to use down-to-whisper-thin-tippets to be successful, this rod will handle it and when you want an ultra-light challenge for oversized bluegill or crappie, it makes an excellent choice thanks to that NRX sensitivity!

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11912-01 NRX 4 Fast   $715 SALE ENDED

NRX 1085-4 FLY Length: 9'     Line: #5     Pieces: 4

When it comes to the best rod for all-around trout fishing, the 9-foot for #5 NRX is hard to beat.. When it comes to a feather-light touch and precision casting, this NRX can do everything you'd ask of a fly rod and more. Dry flies, nymphs, streamers, it doesn't matter - especially with the line-speed you'll enjoy with the NRX system - it's the best trout fly rod we've ever made!. It features the G. Loomis "progressive power taper" which allows you to make short casts as efficiently and smoothly as long ones and its ability to cast in windy conditions will soon be legendary.

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11913-01 NRX 5 Fast   $720 SALE ENDED

NRX 1086-4 FLY Length: 9'     Line: #6     Pieces: 4

As the trout get bigger, the river wider and the wind stronger, you need a little more power and that's where this dynamic new 6-weight really shines. It will handle large streamers and big nymphs, no problem. Need to get down with a sink-tip? This is the rod. A good choice for fishing larger flies, like big stonefly nymphs or glo-bugs in Alaska, this rod has the versatility you need. If you're looking for the absolute best big trout, big fly, long-distance fly rod, look no further. NRX makes it's insanely light and you'll be amazed at the power it generates.

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11914-01 NRX 6 Fast   $725 SALE ENDED

NRX Saltwater
#7 #8 #9 #10 #11 #12

NRX 1087-4 FLY Length: 9'     Line: #7     Pieces: 4

Here's where fly rods begin the cross-over from fresh to saltwater. This dynamic "tweener" is a great choice for almost any of the popular saltwater flats species. Looking for a small steelhead rod or a great pond rod for big largemouth? Ditto! NRX makes it so light and so powerful it will surprise you! It's totally capable of handling oversized surprises, no matter where you're fishing. Whether you're looking for a bigger challenge for saltwater or a great all-around freshwater rod for bigger fish, this is a good as a 7-weight gets!

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11918-01 NRX 7 Fast   $750 SALE ENDED

NRX 1088-4 FLY Length: 9'     Line: #8     Pieces: 4

The standard by which all light-duty saltwater fly rods and heavy-duty freshwater rods are measured will soon be changing. This smooth casting 8-weight will quickly become your number one 9-foot fly rod for fishing the flats as well as steelhead. It has the versatility and quickness of a much lighter rod, with more power than you can ever imagine. Tight loops and great range in such a lightweight package make this is the G. Loomis top choice for bonefish, permit, snook, stripers, blues, salmon, steelhead, pike and any number of big fish. They just don't make a better rod than this... anywhere!

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11919-01 NRX 8 Fast   $760 SALE ENDED

NRX 1089-4 FLY Length: 9'     Line: #9     Pieces: 4

When you need power in a lightweight package, especially to cast bigger flies, make longer casts and handle bigger fish, this is the new standard by which all 9-weights will be measured. It's a great rod for casting big flies in the wind and will handle most of the larger saltwater species, except for maybe giant tarpon and the G. Loomis field testers are having so much fun we haven't heard back from them on that one yet. Permit, barracuda, jacks, big reds, stripers, blues, false albies... you name it. It's got the range as well as the power to handle large, wind-resistant freshwater bass flies and the biggest bass on the planet.

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11920-01 NRX 9 Fast   $770 SALE ENDED

NRX 10810-4 FLY Length: 9'     Line: #10     Pieces: 4

This is, without a doubt, the lightest, most powerful 10-weight G. Loomis has ever made. It will cast big flies, handle big fish and give you the range you need to cover a lot of water, especially on windy days when a lot of fly fishers are thinking it's time to go home. Add in a super amount of lifting power and you've got a great rod for species like big permit, big dorados, cobia and even small pelagics. It's all about power and yet it's so light you won't believe it! If you're into insanely big fish on a fly rod and you want to test your mettle, this is the rod you need!

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11921-01 NRX 10 Fast   $800 SALE ENDED

NRX 10811-4 FLY Length: 9'     Line: #11     Pieces: 4

When you talk "finesse" in a fly rod it usually refers to trout fishing, but when it comes to the saltwater scene, the topic quickly moves towards the flats. There are days when the tarpon are contrary and you need to use longer leaders, small flies and make quiet presentations. This is the rod for those kind of days. NRX makes it insanely light in your hand and so powerful it will get your attention - quick! When you want those big silver kings to tire out before you do, this rod can and will do the job. A great option for small billfish as well!

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11922-01 NRX 11 Fast   $825 SALE ENDED

NRX 10812-4 FLY Length: 9'     Line: #12     Pieces: 4

You might find it hard to imagine a rod lighter and more powerful than the G. Loomis GLX tarpon rod, but this unbelievable 12-weight will change your thinking! When you need raw power, this is the rod. When you need a rod that you can cast all day long and still be ready for more, this is the rod. When it's time to put the pressure on a big "poon" this is definitely the rod! Bottom line? When you're after big fish, whether it's tarpon on the flats, cobia on the beach or striped marlin offshore, this rod will do everything you ask of it and more. It's scary light, sneaky strong and casts like a 10-weight! You aren't gonna believe this rod - it's the best #12 G. Loomis has ever made!

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11923-01 NRX 12 Fast   $855 SALE ENDED

NRX Salmon/Steelhead
#7 #8 #9

NRX 1207-4 FLY Length: 10'     Line: #7     Pieces: 4

Here's a beautifully balanced, lightweight rod for big summer steelhead or fall silvers. It's a great choice for slab steelhead up in BC whether you're skating big dries or swinging popsicles. It will punch out unbelievably long casts time after time... feeling more like a nine-footer than the ten-footer it is. It will give you hours of effortless casting and is so surprisingly powerful you can't imagine it. This is what technology is all about. Lighter, stronger and more powerful than you've ever experienced. This may be the light-duty salmon & steelhead rod of the decade.

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11915-01 NRX 7 Fast   $765 SALE ENDED

NRX 1208-4 FLY Length: 10'     Line: #8     Pieces: 4

When you're fishing big water for salmon and steelhead this is as good as it gets. It's extremely lightweight, casts like a bullet and handles big fish exceptionally well. It's hard to imagine a rod so light can be so tough and have so much power. An excellent rod for managing heavy sinking lines, shooting heads and sink tips, it will practically talk to you it's so sensitive. It has exceptional mending ability and reacts quickly when a big fish does everything it can do to get away. It generates unbelievably high line-speeds which really helps when casting in the wind. If you want one rod to do a lot of things, especially when it comes to managing line and fighting big fish in tough places, this is the best choice. A great choice for sea-run browns, big winter steelhead of most of the salmon species!

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11916-01 NRX 8 Fast   $775 SALE ENDED

NRX 1209-4 FLY Length: 10'     Line: #9     Pieces: 4

When you're looking for the ultimate fly rod for fishing big salmon in big rivers and difficult conditions, this is the rod you want in your hands. It's designed for fishing heavy sinking lines and shooting heads so you can get down in those deep runs where the big kings swim. It's a great choice for fishing those new integrated shooting head lines in the 400- to 500-grain size. This is everything you'd ever want in a big fish, big water fly rod. Striper anglers will really appreciate the amount of line they can handle with this rod. It fishes big flies, even in the wind and is so light it's hard to imagine how G. Loomis did it.

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11917-01 NRX 9 Fast   $785 SALE ENDED

NRX Two-Hand
#8/9 #9/10 #10/11

NRX 1568/9-4 FLY Length: 13'     Line: #8/9     Pieces: 4


G. Loomis says about this rod: "A smooth, powerful casting 13-footer rated for an 8/9 Scandi head. A 500-grain head it loads this rod perfectly and makes tight narrow loops using the "under hand" cast. At 550 grains, utilizing the Skagit method, it will manage all the necessary tips... full sinking, intermediate or floating. While it casts the new short Scandi-style heads exceptionally well, it's more than capable of handling a wide variety of casting strokes given the proper lines. A wonderful choice for medium to large rivers. It is capable of casting big, weighted flies if necessary, to get down in those deep pockets where salmon or steelhead rest on their migratory journey. NRX gives you unbelievable power and line control in a rod so light it's insane!"

Our tests in the field:
Session One, 10/20/10, mid-day: "Strung the rod up with a 460-grain AFS head, and fished it through 250-yards of demanding water. Fished casts to about 100-feet, then reeled in to fish the water at hand, which required about 65-feet of line beyond the rod tip. Then realized that the rod was marked to take 500-grains. Changed to a 520-grain AFS. Fished the same piece of water again with the same leader and fly. I found better harmony with the lighter head. The rod seemed to be more predictable and easier to time with the lighter head.
Session Two, 10/20/10, Evening: tried the next session with a 500-grain Skagit Flight, looped to 12.5-feet of T-11. This combination was difficult to cast for a period of time. Eventually I was able to fish deep at ranges of 80+ feet.
Session Three, 10/21/10, Morning: Only one steelhead of about 6 pounds was landed the first day, no test at all for this rod. This fish came to the fly and pulled on the fly very daintily two different casts before it was finally hooked on another fly on the third presentation.
Session Four, 10/21/10, Evening: Fished the 500-grain Skagit Flight/12.5-feet of T-11 combo again probing the deep water. Two fish pulled gently on the fly, no hook-ups. Water still 2-3 foot visibility. Skagit outfit is becoming more comfortable on NRX. The rod is very fast action and has the ability to store tremendous energy in the tip section. The dense cork handle does transmit more feel to your hand. The handle shape and diameter facilitates finger-tip control.
Session Five, 10/22/10, Morning: Fished 250-yards of a deep tailout wading on my tip-toes to keep water from coming over the top of my waders. Used a very a very large fly. This piece of water demands very long casts. Was able to accomplish the task, and caught a wild buck steelhead of about nine-pounds. This fish went into the backing about fifty yards and jumped at least ten times. The NRX did a great job.

THIS IS NOT AN OVERLAY, photographed as life happened.

If you need a 7/8/9 rod for steelhead, this is a great one! MB

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11924-01 NRX 500-550
Fast 5 $1,050 SALE ENDED

NRX 1689/10-4 FLY Length: 14'     Line: #9/10     Pieces: 4

As two-hand rods get longer, casting distance increases, that's a given. The beauty of this 14-footer is the NRX dynamics... it's insanely light, has extraordinary power and handles like a rod much shorter. It's totally capable of handling heavier heads and is sneaky quick... a bonus when you want to turn over big, weighted flies. Big winter steelhead won't go far to chase down a fly so you have to put it right in their face making accuracy and line control is everything. Anglers swinging big tube flies on swift Nordic rivers will appreciate the power of this rod. This rod is dual-rated in grams for Europe and grains for the North American market. Under the G. Loomis the standard rating-system this would be a 9/10. This is a great all-around two-hand rod!

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11925-01 NRX 550-600
Fast 6 $1,110 SALE ENDED

NRX 18010/11-4 FLY Length: 15'     Line: #10/11     Pieces: 4

When maximum distance is your goal this is the rod you want in your hands. Even in tough conditions... wind, rain and high water, you need a big rod, but one that doesn't wear you out. You need a rod that can cover the water, control the swing and still be manageable. It's hard to imagine a 15-foot rod that can be characterized as manageable, but this one does all that and more. Thanks to NRX technology, this is the big, Mac-Daddy of the G. Loomis NRX two-hand rods. It has unbelievable line control, capable of handling long 45' heads as well as large, air-resistant tube flies on the big rivers of Scandinavia and gives you total coverage in the deep, fast runs these fish call home. Under the standard rating-system this would be a 10/11. As impressed as you may already be with G. Loomis GLX two-handers, this one is so light and powerful it will blow you away!!  FREE RIO WINDCUTTER II FLY LINE INCLUDED

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11926-01 NRX 600-650
Fast 6 $1,170 SALE ENDED

Fish Taco Flies
Black Pink Purple Chartreuse Red
Jeff Hickman
Jeff Hickman is a very popular local fly fishing guide who grew up in the Mt. Hood area and hung out at The Fly fishing Shop in Welches, Oregon during his formative years. Here is what he says about his Fish Taco series of flies:
"When I get hungry, there is one thing that always comes to mind…a fish taco. It is the one thing that I don’t ever get sick of.  The hunt for the best taco cart around is full time…and the fish taco is always the best indicator of the cart’s cuisine. I would say that fish tacos are my favorite food.  When the Fish Taco fly was born, it was the perfect fly for my fishing needs and so naturally the name Fish Taco seemed most suitable. Why wouldn’t steelhead ranging from Alaska to N. California returning to their natal streams, be hungry for a Fish Taco as well?
The Fish Taco was designed to fit a niche in my fly box, which I couldn’t previously find. I needed a fly that was the right size for steelhead, large enough to elicit an aggressive attack response, yet not so large to be intimidating to a fish in clear water conditions and not be weighted. The existing patterns available that were sized to my needs were all weighted. Fishing with clients, I noticed that large weighted flies were difficult for them to cast.  When clients did make the casts the flies would often hang-up when they got into the soft inside water where many fish tend to hold. The fly I needed had to be the right size, be easy for people of all skill levels to cast, and would not hang up on the soft-inside.
In my mind the fly I needed to fill this void had to be tied with a stinger hook that would capitalize on short strikes.  I choose to use Maxima to hold the stinger hook firmly in place to insure the fly would not become fouled on a poor cast. It was also important that the fly maintained a large profile in fast water and impart lots of movement once it entered the softer water on the inside i.e. "The Strike Zone".  Many hours on this vise later and many hours on the water later the Fish Taco was born.
Since its inception and introduction to the market, the Fish Taco has proven to be versatile fly that is incredibly productive for a most of  the anadromous species, in a variety of fishing situations. Originally designed to cross over as both summer and winter Steelhead fly, it is also a very effective fly for all five Pacific Salmon, Char, Sea-Run Browns as well as Atlantic Salmon.
I believe its success comes firstly from being an extremely easy fly for anglers to cast.  It can be cast on one or two handed rods using either floating or sinking lines.  Getting the pattern to the fish is always the 1st step to successful steelhead fishing.  The fly is dressed sparsely (and unweigted) making it easy to cast but once in the water the fly holds its profile. Once the fly swings into the strike zone the ostrich and sparse flash come to life making it Taco time for holding steelhead.
Different colors of the Fish Taco are productive in most water Steelhead are found and a variety of light conditions. In low clear conditions Red performs well. It lands softly in the pool and it is the right size to not spook fish when they are weary. Purple is also a great fly for finding fish in even the most colored water. Recently on the Deschutes, a client landed a nice steelhead on a purple Fish Taco when visibility was less than a foot.
When I guide for steelhead in Oregon, I tend to change the fly color based on the time of day. I typically will fish the Purple Taco in the morning till just before noon, then switch to pink or red through the midday bright sun. When the sun is off the water in the late afternoon and evening black is my go to color. Chartreuse is my go to color for Chinook." 

Fish Taco, Black
A bit more of a natural looking color, works well for later season or fish that have been in the river for a while. The go to color in the evening light!

Tied on a custom stainless steel shank, using the finest grade materials available.

Fish Taco, Black

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SIG1052 Fish Taco, Black 1 3 for $10.50 SALE ENDED

Fish Taco, Pink
Quite possibly a steelhead’s favorite color. Pink is especially effective for chrome bright, fresh-from-the-salt winter fish. The classic taco if you will, with its hot green butt, it is the fish taco complete with a lime.

Tied on a custom stainless steel shank, using the finest grade materials available

Fish Taco, Pink

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SIG1053 Fish Taco, Pink 1 3 for $10.50 SALE ENDED

Fish Taco, Purple
Is it the imprinted purplish color of squid ink that triggers an attack? I don’t know, but I always fish purple with full confidence. My photo albums reflect the success.

Tied on a custom stainless steel shank, using the finest grade materials available

Yummee !!!
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SIG1054 Fish Taco, Purple 1 3 for $10.50 SALE ENDED

Fish Taco, Chartreuse
The go to for Chinook, but I have been surprised by how many steelhead I have found when swinging this through Chinook water. Nobody is safe with this fly tied on.

Tied on a custom stainless steel shank, using the finest grade materials available

Fish Taco, Chartreuse

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SIG1372 Fish Taco, Chartreuse 1 3 for $10.50 SALE ENDED

Fish Taco, Red
Low clear water or bright sun overhead, red is the moneymaker. Probably the most underrated color. It will bring an attack when no other color will.

Tied on a custom stainless steel shank, using the finest grade materials available

Fish Taco, Red

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SIG1373 Fish Taco, Red 1 3 for $10.50 SALE ENDED

Ostrich Plumes, Pro's Choice
These are half plumes with very large herl for tying saltwater flies and Intruder style steelhead flies. This is the grade that the best professional fly tiers use.
Ostrich herl is used in many types of flies. Herls are soft and absorb water readily for much movement when wet. Herls shed water quickly as soon as they are removed from the water. This makes flies tied with herl lightweight and easy to cast. Herls may be wrapped for bodies or used as streamer wings. Pro's Choice grade herl is perfect for Alec Jackson Spade type flies and Jeff Hickman Fish Taco style flies.
Average stem length is 12".
Average herl length is 4".
Ostrich Herl
Individual ostrich herls under magnification.
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OH33 Ostrich Herl Plume, Scud Gray Olive   $2.95 SALE ENDED
OH92 Ostrich Herl Plume, Dark Gray   $2.95 SALE ENDED
OH298 Ostrich Herl Plume, Purple   $2.95 SALE ENDED
OH40 Ostrich Herl Plume, Brown   $2.95 SALE ENDED
OH11 Ostrich Herl Plume, Black   $2.95 SALE ENDED
OH336 Ostrich Herl Plume, Scud Tan   $2.95 SALE ENDED
OH187 Ostrich Herl Plume, Hot Orange   $2.95 SALE ENDED
OH310 Ostrich Herl Plume, Red   $2.95 SALE ENDED
OH263 Ostrich Herl Plume, Olive   $2.95 SALE ENDED
OH54 Ostrich Herl Plume, Chartreuse   $2.95 SALE ENDED
OH377 Ostrich Herl Plume, White   $2.95 SALE ENDED

Deschutes Season Ender
The last day of the regular season on the Deschutes River bordering the Warm Springs Reservation is past. That part of the river officially closed to trout fishing on October 31. The portion of the river upstream and downstream from the Reservation remains open all year. Because White River muddied the lower Deschutes, I pulled camp early and spent a couple of days rowing my Clackacraft drift boat for Steve Pensinger. The weather was perfect and traffic was light. Fishing wasn't terrific, but Steve managed to land a nice steelhead, and nearly landed another. It was fun.

The Deschutes is bathed in golden morning light as an orange AFS slices & dices the river.

Steve with a big buck that ate the fly in the early morning while frost was on the grass, and plumes of fog rose from the river.

In this peaceful panorama is written the history of eons of lava flows, pyroclastic explosions, wind, scorching sun, freezing rain and catastrophic floods.  The effects of man seem minimized.

The caddis cares not...

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