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G. Loomis NRX Lite Presentation 3 wt.

What a little gem!

OK, I’d be embarrassed to reveal how many trout rods I’ve owned. One of the side effects of having had so many, is that I’ve become blasé about their performance. A rod has to really have something to impress me. This one impresses me.

I’ve had more than my fair share of 3 wts. Some were excellent, some were 4 wts. masquerading as threes, and a few were best not remembered. I thought my last 3 wt. was the cream of the crop, but this one has exceeded it. All good threes can do the same thing, deliver small to medium flies with accuracy, protect fine tippets, and make small fish fun to fight. This one does all of that plus an extra dollop of power that one normally does not find in a rod this small.

My first day out with it, of course the wind was howling, a front was moving through, there was a hint of rain and the air had that impending thunderstorm smell. A fine time to fish a three weight for trout.
I have never fished a three weight in such conditions, with such confidence. There is power in that little blank that doesn’t compromise its other characteristics. We’re used to making choices between power sticks and delicate sticks, but now we can have our cake and eat it too. I can’t remember the last time I was this enthusiastic over a trout rod.

Oh ya, managed one on a BWO dry and one on a classic Adams wet fly. Sulphurs were out early despite the late spring and I missed a couple on a parachute sulphur. Overall, not bad considering all that looming atmospheric ugliness.