G.Loomis Goes for the GLX Excellence
bass anglers, G. Loomis introduced five new GLX rods.
- CBR853 GLX crankbait casting stick
- CBR855 GLX crankbait casting stick
- SBR812 GLX spinnerbait casting rod
- SBR813 GLX spinnerbait casting rod
- SHR822S GLX Shakey head spinning rod
The new GLX rods are the top of the line rods across all
Loomis crankbait (CBR), spinnerbait (SBR) and shakey head (SHR)
rod series. In other words, it doesn't get any better than GLX.
"You will have the same actions as existing CBR, SBR and
SHR rod series - enhanced with the light weight and extra
sensitivity of the premier GLX graphite. With these new rods you
will feel every turn of the blade and every movement of your
crankbait," says Dave Brinkerhoff.
"All of these new GLX rods have Recoil guides on them as
well. They're half the weight of normal guides. There are no
rings that can pop out. The guides cannot become bent or
misaligned. You can even step on them," says Bruce Holt.
Guides and GLX. "Not only are there less
accidents, lighter guides, but an interesting phenomena exists
with Recoil guides on GLX, and it may have something to do with
it being a single piece of flexible wire with both ends affixed
to the super-responsive GLX blank. You get a little extra
reverberation, a little more feedback and line feel due to the
Recoil guides," both Bruce Holt of Loomis and Greg Hammond
of Shimano Canada tried to explain to me the best they could.
"We haven't talked about this much, but it's there. Once you
experience it, you'll know. It only occurs in the Recoil guide
models," agreed Bruce and Greg.
There are no edges on the Recoil guides It's a single piece of
smooth, round wire. "The guides go very well with braided
line. In fact, since they makes such a nice package with the GLX
rods, we're now thinking about putting the Recoil guides on some
of our other rods," says Holt. "The biggest issue is
the inherent high price of Recoil guides."
Shelf Shake. In comparison-shopping for the new
GLX spinnerbait and crankbait rod models, GLX may feel stiffer in
the showroom. The GLX material has less of what Bruce Holt call
"When you shake a GLX rod in the air and flex it against
the carpet, GLX rods may seem stiffer, but that's
deceptive," explains Holt.
"Once out on the water, you'll find the GLX rod actions
are the same actions like other CBR and SBR rods. So the GLX
actions are the same, not stiffer. GLX is totally different,
however, in that GLX reduces weight and increases sensitivity
unbelievably," says Greg Hammond.
"In terms of the new GLX Shakey Head spinning rod, first
let me say that last year (2008), G. Loomis debuted two shakey
head rods," says Bruce Holt. "Western anglers in
clearer water with lighter lines went in for the 1 power model.
But the best seller by far across the entire country was the 2
power model shakey head spinning stick. A lot of anglers wanted
that 2 power strength especially in midwestern and southern
states. So now, for 2009, we are introducing the same action as
that 2 power rod model in top-of-the-line GLX with the Recoil
guides," Holt says. "This rod handles best with 8 lb
test. You can drop to 6, but be a little more careful with 6 lb
test. Mono is a little more forgiving, but fluorocarbon will
improve sensitivity," advises Holt. As Bruce says, however,
it matches up best with 8.
Something about the Recoil guides
(left) on GLX adds feel to the system.
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