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I see about a $70-$80 difference in price and when you're spending $400+ on a rod that doesn't seem like much.....

 

I'm looking to pick up a new jig/worm rod and will more than likely get a 6'8" as I mainly fish from a yak. 

 

I'll probably go with the NRX but wanted to get some input on what everyone thinks. Thanks

 

 

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NRX but the GLX is amazing also.

 

I do like the reel seat on the GLX over the NRX myself.

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I’ve never used a NRX so I can’t comment on how much better the NRX is.  You’re right once you’re spending that much what’s another 50-70 bucks. But for me the NRX just isn’t appealing, I hate skeletal reel seats. I can tell you I’m very happy with my 2016 GLX MBR 844 and would see no need to go beyond the GLX line based on how it performs.  

 

For me me while I love love high end gear, and don’t judge anyone for dropping $$$ of their hard earned money on a rod, I’ve learned about $350-400 is my max. I’ve also learned that I don’t love taking my most expensive brand new sticks in my kayak. When I first got my MB FMJ the way my rods store it got wedged up agains my seat and d**n if I didn’t get impatient pulling it out to use and scar the blank on a screw head. Totally avoidable, and totally my fault. 

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NRX is suppose to be the way to go and forsure at another 70 or so dollars it shouldn’t matter. I have 2 glx’s and love them!! Best rods I’ve ever used. The reason I went glx vs nrx was mainly cause I was with 2 guys sponsored by g.loomis and they got wicked deals on rods and they said even at there price they could only see the benefit of the nrx in few models. They prefer the glx’s power and balance, with superb sensitivity it’s tough to beat (not that there More sensitive, just that the nrx wasn’t a heck more sensitive then the glx) They did say there was 2-3 models in the nrx that for some reason the glx didn’t even come close too and recommened that. 

 

Now theres the curiosity factor that takes into play. I own the glx 894c and the 852c but now I want to try an nrx for myself. So next will be nrx to judge for myself. The one model they highly recommened in the nrx was the 893c so that’s what I’ll try.

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I just went thru the same decision - the one factor that made the choice easy was the reel seat.  This has been noted on many reviews of the GLX (see TW site for starters).  The reel seat is far forward and if you palm your reel, very difficult/uncomfortable.  Worth the extra $80 to get the NRX and not be annoyed all day with your grip.  

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6 years ago G.Loomis NRX was the state of the art JWR and both IMX and GLX were different rods then they are today. The NRX hasn't changed and the Shimano Conguest is the flagship rod today. Both the IMX and GLX have been updated and good rods today.

I liked the NRX when it came on the market and considered buying a few until they added $100 rod warranty certificate to their cost. When you get in the $300+ price point you can consider a custom rod made to your exact requirement using state of the art blank, handle, guide train etc. I went with ALX custom that is equal in every way to NRX at 1/2 the price. My late fishing partner owned every NRX they made and he admitted my ALX rods were equal. 

Check around to learn what is available today.

Tom

 

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To the OP’s question, I would get the GLX regardless of price. I have even gone to the mag series over the JWR.

Truth be told Conquest , can be had for 400.00 and if you don’t go custom look for one

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If $400 is your price point go custom.   Don't buy a shelf rod.  

 

I have a glx and an nrx but I got them much cheaper than their retail price.   Both are great but if your fishing bottom contact I'd lean towards the nrx.  

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I say all the time once you get north of $300 you should at least consider custom. Either way, I generally reserve the highest modulus blanks for finesse techniques, usually spinning tackle. 

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