NRX+ 490-4


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Product Description

G.Loomis NRX+ 490-4 fly rod

9’0″ 4-wt, 4-pc rod  with case and liner

~ Single foot recoil guides
~ Titanium SiC stripper guides
~ Micro full Wells grip, AAA cork quality
~ Custom aluminum reel seat with walnut insert (490-4, 590-4, 595-4)
~ Custom all-aluminum reel seat with fighting butt (4100-4, 5100-4, 690-4, 6100-4)
~ Aluminum rod case with partitioned cloth liner
~ Handcrafted in Woodland, Washington



  1. There is almost nothing Steve Rajeff does better than design 9’ 4-weights. This rod would be hard to improve. If you’re looking for a fast action 4-weight that doesn’t pigeon hole the angler into power techniques, you’ve found the rod. The NRX+ 490-4 is fast, but progressive, flexing evenly with each additional increment of line in the air or power applied in the casting stroke. The casting cadence for this rod is definitely quick, but it defies “fast action stereotypes” in that the timing is intuitive with distinct feel in the line loading moments. It casts both short and long better than any other 4-weight in its class. The taper is so finely tuned that the angler may literally cast with eyes closed without losing rhythm. Fish it with either an SA Trout Taper or Rio Gold for spectacular results. The original NRX 9’ 4-weight was one of our favorites in that series, but the new model surpasses it in every category: range, accuracy, line speed, touch and loop control. On a scale of 1-100, I would rate this rod a 100.

    John Duncan (Telluride Angler)
  2. G Loomis has long been know for making killer 9’ 4wt fly rods. The original NRX and the Asquith are easily two of the finest 9’ 4wt rods I have ever fished. The new NRX+ is no slouch either. It is wonderfully smooth and crisp and is remarkably easy to maneuver. It is much more stable than the NRX and has a little better feel than the Asquith. I found it to be a very intuitive rod with a nice low swing weight. I cast this rod with both the SA Amplitude Trout and the Rio Gold. Both lines cast very well but the Gold really impressed me the most. The rod loads pretty easy in close but really comes alive with a little more line out. This is one of the best all around 4wt rods out there, well done G Loomis.

    Parker Thompson (Telluride Angler)
  3. Out of all the rods we cast in the new NRX+ family, this one possessed the biggest wow factor. I was so impressed by the power of this 4 wt, I thought I may have mistakenly grabbed the 5 wt. I did not have the 5 wt in hand, the 4 wt just could throw a ton of line, while maintaining excellent loop control. This rod was a blast to cast, and it would be joyous on the water as well. I think the 490 can handle all situations, making it the perfect go to all around 4 wt. I cast this with both the SA Trout and Rio Gold. Both lines were good but the Gold tended to provide a deeper flex into the blank. It was a bit better in close as well. For any angler looking for a new 4 wt, this has to be either at or near the top of the consideration list.

    Jason Moshonas (Telluride Angler)
  4. This is a superb 9 foot 4-weight, truly outstanding! I love the wells grip on this rod and the uber lightness of the rod in the hand. The NRX+ 490 feels like a true 4-weight, rather than a faster 4-weight that wants a heavier line to perform. The rod is light and playful while being uncompromising in its performance. The NRX+ 490 straddles the divide between a slower action and a faster action 9 foot 4-weight. I would not hesitate to add this rod to a quiver that already has a faster or slower 4-weight. With a Rio Gold the rod was superb and exuded the qualities of a true all around 4-weight for trout. The Rio Technical Trout threw beautiful V-loops that turned over a long leader with perfect crispness. The SA Trout tapers were wonderful as well and the NRX+ 490 didn’t seem to prefer one line to the other. For an all around trout line, go with the Gold and for a technical dry fly rod pick up a Rio Technical Trout or an SA Trout. Fine tune this 4-weight to your specific task and rest assured the rod will surpass your expectations. This is one of the only 9 foot 4-weights I’ve picked up that will appeal to both fans of faster and slower rods. This is a wonderful 9 foot 4-weight.

    Richard Post (Telluride Angler)
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