G. Loomis is a brand that has been around for quite a while. During this time, they’ve offered some of the finest hand-made fishing rods for all types of anglers. Those with a genuine love of fishing either own one of these premium fishing rods or aspire to own one, despite their hefty price tag.
Now the fishing rod company has come out with a Loomis available to everyone. The G. Loomis E6X Jig & Worm Casting and Spinning Rods series is a “premium” fishing rod line for all. The series includes 30 casting and spinning rods. Seventeen of those rods are technique-specific, with the rest featuring Loomis’ classic actions.
The E6X series is meant to be affordable—below $200—without sacrificing the high performance that Loomis rods are known for. But do they live up to the hype? Some people are skeptical, and others are die-hard Loomis fans. Here’s what we think:
About G. Loomis
Gary Loomis founded G. Loomis in Woodland, Southwest Washington State, in 1982. Loomis was a machinist who had a passion for fishing. Dissatisfied with the rods available at the time, he customized his fly fishing rod so that it would work with a conventional casting reel. When another angler offered him $200 for his $35 innovation, Loomis realized his true calling.
The G. Loomis company originally manufactured rod blanks to resell to both custom rod builders as well as private-label rod banks that wanted to sell the rods under their own brand name. In 1997, G. Loomis became a subsidiary of the Shimano American Corporation who began to create brands for fishing lines, reels, rods, and apparel.
The G. Loomis company has become well known for manufacturing a variety of fishing rods that could provide anglers from all over the world with the best fishing tools on the market. The company’s flagship creation, known as the NRX rods series, has a retail value of $500 and up, which, of course, speaks for the quality and the craftsmanship. The NRX rods are what the E6X series will be weighed against, begging the question of whether or not there’s an actual difference in quality and performance in a fishing rod designed for the masses.
For starters, the E6X is equipped with eight single-foot Fuji aluminum oxide guides. They also come with a basic rear-locking Fuji reel seat that fastens the reel to the rod. Made for both fresh and saltwater settings, the E6X also sports a premium-grade cork handle with composite rubber for a perfect balance. The handle has a feel almost identical to that of the NRX, which is exceptionally comfortable. The hook keeper is also strategically set forward to keep it out of the way of the angler’s hands when he or she is working with bait. It’s all so simple, yet so efficient.
In terms of specs, the E6X series offers both spinning and casting rods that range in length, starting with six feet and one inch. They’re packed with an extra fast action and medium power, with a line weight of six to fourteen pounds and a lure weight of up to five eights of an ounce. Overall, the G. Loomis E6X Jig & Worm Casting and Spinning Rods series offers high-end performance at a budget price.
What We Like Best
Overall, the G. Loomis E6X Jig & Worm Casting and Spinning Rods series is exceptionally versatile in that they offer a wide range of options for every type of angler. There are also good multi-purpose rods that can handle multiple lures and techniques.
For the price, rod options, and all-around performance, you can’t go wrong with an E6X rod. Whether you’re a beginner or a more experienced angler, this solid rod can withstand anything you can dish out.
What We Don't Like
Honestly, finding any cons for the G. Loomis E6X Jig & Worm Casting and Spinning Rods series was quite difficult. For some people, the price point may be a little high, especially if you’re looking to get more than one type. Of course, there are skeptics out there who believe that $200 for any type of fishing rod is over the top.
The G. Loomis E6X Jig & Worm Casting and Spinning Rods series is extremely impressive. For the price, you get incredible value in performance, balance, and materials. These rods are made right here in the United States and will turn even the most discerning of anglers into believers.
If you’re looking to invest in a high-quality fishing rod for a reasonable price—and from a well-known manufacturer that has been around for decades, it really doesn’t get any better than the E6X series. There are plenty to choose from whether you’re an inshore, offshoreoutshore saltwater, or freshwater angler. Plus, each rod is backed up by a lifetime warranty from the manufacturer.