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Old 08-13-2013, 02:08 PM
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Default Re: G Loomis "IMX" line of fly rods.

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Some ten years or so ago, I purchased a "deluxe" kit from Cabelas for a 9ft 4wt fly rod for my first rod building project. I remember that it was a Loomis blank and believe it was an IMX. I did a fairly bad job of building the rod, but, in spite of that, it turned out to be a really fishing rod which I used on trout and even salmon in Colorado. The kit and the blank are no longer available, but I wonder if it was actually an IMX blank.
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Could have been.

When I was looking for info about them, most of what I found was about the blanks, and I think I do remember something about Cabelas. In fact I think cabelas still has a review page for them.

Yup, found the review page for blanks

review page for fly rod kits
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Thanks for the information; all I remembered was that it was a Loomis blank.
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Anyone have some info or history on these?

I was given a 9'6" 4 wt 2 piece and was able to fish it on Saturday. I am in love with this stick.
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Default Re: G Loomis "IMX" line of fly rods.

I remember buying a couple of IMX rods about 20 years ago, and the tip broke on each of them without major provocation. I loved how they casted, but I hated their fragility.

A couple of years back I picked up a used 9' 4wt IMX and it has not demonstrated similar fragility...yet. And I still love the way it casts.

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Default Re: G Loomis "IMX" line of fly rods.

Had several over the years, traded my 9' 4wt earlier this year and having regrets already. My favorite is my 9'6" 6wt. Still an awesome rod all these years later. Hang on to yours there getting harder to find.

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Default Re: G Loomis "IMX" line of fly rods.

I still have IMX (late carbon scrim version) in 9'/#4 and 9 1/2'/#6. The 4-weight is eclipsed by several other rods and languishes retired but the #6 remains in active though infrequent duty. It was one of the best models in the IMX line up.
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I still have IMX (late carbon scrim version) in 9'/#4 and 9 1/2'/#6. The 4-weight is eclipsed by several other rods and languishes retired but the #6 remains in active though infrequent duty. It was one of the best models in the IMX line up.
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How do you know your IMX rods have the carbon scrim?
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Default Re: G Loomis "IMX" line of fly rods.

As I had problems with early versions, I inquired of G.Loomis and, when informed of the in-line transformation, replaced my #4 and added the 6 and a 9-weight. Visually, IMXER, I did not discern a difference. My earlier, glass scrimmed, #4 is sill in use, unbroken, by a friend. As is the 10'/#9 which I disliked. As I wrote in my history report above, these were fine rods but Sage had introduced RPL(X) and then incredible GLX followed and we entered the "modern" era of graphite rods.

If one enjoys the dramatic taper of soft tipped, progressive mid to stout butt conceptualized in IMX; one owes it to oneself to cast NRX...that concept realized.
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As I had problems with early versions, I inquired of G.Loomis and, when informed of the in-line transformation, replaced my #4 and added the 6 and a 9-weight. Visually, IMXER, I did not discern a difference. My earlier, glass scrimmed, #4 is sill in use, unbroken, by a friend. As is the 10'/#9 which I disliked. As I wrote in my history report above, these were fine rods but Sage had introduced RPL(X) and then incredible GLX followed and we entered the "modern" era of graphite rods.

If one enjoys the dramatic taper of soft tipped, progressive mid to stout butt conceptualized in IMX; one owes it to oneself to cast NRX...that concept realized.
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Interesting. Do you remember the approximate date of the in-line transformation from glass to carbon scrim? Thanks

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Remember a date? Hardly. However, I just pulled the #6 and it has this gold G.Loomis tag on the zipper of the Cordura case which reads, "FR1146 5/20/92". Which is later than I would have guessed. This change foretold of the impending introduction of GLX, Gary Loomis's crowning achievement.

I appreciate that many in our forum enjoy rods and reels from yesteryear. Even I posted a picture of a 1989 Orvis 4-weight in "Rod Love" this week. I bought these and other rods that are kind of classics today when they where the new cutting edge thing. I fish two NRX rods; an unloved by some 9'/#4 which I consider one of the three best trout rods I own and a 9'/#8 which is the best bonefish rod I own. Both are in the original, flat gray blank bright blue wraps, no green rods for me, that pronounce in their departure from conventional graphite rod aesthetics how different they in fact perform from most other graphite rods. Steve Rajeff has expanded upon the G.Loomis tradition of soft tip, stout butt, steep tapers built of innovative carbon technology and taken it to an elite level with NRX.

When I attended the CFFC FFF Casting Rendezvous last spring, all kinds of exotic rods where present. I created a little buzz bringing one of our forum members "Flying Pig" 8-weight. But among the hard core serious types there were two dominant rod lines; Sage ONE's and G.Loomis's NRX's.
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