Greg has a NRX, a fact I went about to some length long ago. If you read that, you know I love the thing: it’s probably one of the best 8wt in the history of fly fishing tackle, arguably THE best, and anyway I personally never cast a better one.
I wanted to dig deeper into it but Greg, who had something as a bit of an attention disorder with respect to tackle, had quickly sold it, much to my dismay. But yay! the old chap came back to his senses, realized what I had been telling him bitterly during our hour long drives to the fishing hole, and bought the same rod again. I was pleased. I had another half an hour casting session with it last week, confirming all the good I thought about it. Except that my casting is way better now that it was when I wrote the review, and as a result I was even more pleased.
Even with the spun crap that was on Greg’s reel I could cast to the last 2 yards of line. And that was because the end of the line was curlier than Nelly Olson, I reckon I would have sent the backing in the guides with a proper line, like my Barrio GT90. (I doubt I’ll ever see the backing with the GT140…)
The other night we felt wild and decided to go for some casting in the dark. I didn’t want to endure again Greg’s catastrophic thing, so which switched to my GT140 WF6. The NRX handles the line quite beautifully. Even when it was pitch dark, we could’t see shit and had to do most of the casting relying on the rod’s feedback. Not bad for a rod underlined of two numbers.
I was impressed. If you get a chance, go cast it, it’s a treat. But beware if you have that kind of dough. You could well find yourself 800 euros lighter sooner than you think.