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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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They are nice rod but I recall that the earlier versions were fragile.
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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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Have been using them since late 1980's, never had a problem with them. First IMX was an 8.5' x 6wt.
Later added a 8.5' x 4wt. the 2 rods covered all my Trout fishing needs.

They are great all around rods. Many consider the 4wt the best of the line-up. Does your's have the Gary Loomis signature ? Nice gift, take care of it. Predict you will appreciate it more and more as you use it.
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Default Re: G Loomis "IMX" line of fly rods.

I have two Loomis rods, both GL3s. Not only are they great rods, but the best thing about them is the warrantee. If you break one, call Loomis. Give them a visa deposit for the value of the rod and they will fed ex you a new one, no questions asked. If you call before noon their time you'll have it by noon the next day. Just send the carcass back with the Fed Ex guy. They charge you $45 shipping (don't ask how I know about this service). You can't beat that. Good luck with the new rod.
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Default Re: G Loomis "IMX" line of fly rods.

I dont have a Loomis Fly rod but I do have a conventional gear IMX casting rod. I cant say enough about how nice this rod it. Also the IMX series either fly rods or conventional gear rod they are light weight and have a nice feel in the tip. Nice gift and yes make sure you take care of it!
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Have been using them since late 1980's, never had a problem with them. First IMX was an 8.5' x 6wt.
Later added a 8.5' x 4wt. the 2 rods covered all my Trout fishing needs.

They are great all around rods. Many consider the 4wt the best of the line-up. Does your's have the Gary Loomis signature ? Nice gift, take care of it. Predict you will appreciate it more and more as you use it.

No signature but in the process of looking for it I discovered that I finally own an American made Fly Rod.
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They are nice rod but I recall that the earlier versions were fragile.
This is true, I was both a dealer and on the guide program back then. When they were first introduced they were very popular, but the first ones were extremely fragile - mostly the tips and especially the lighter weight rods. The other plague with the early IMX was trying to find a straight one. However if you found a straight one and it survived the first few trips, they were very nice fishing tools.

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This is true, I was both a dealer and on the guide program back then. When they were first introduced they were very popular, but the first ones were extremely fragile - mostly the tips and especially the lighter weight rods. The other plague with the early IMX was trying to find a straight one. However if you found a straight one and it survived the first few trips, they were very nice fishing tools.

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I found some info about those same issues.

This one is straight and it's been around long enough that I don't believe I need to worry about it breaking.

It seems that these things are like the international scout of fly rods. People that own them don't sell them.
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Default Re: G Loomis "IMX" line of fly rods.

The G.Loomis IMX was an important rod during a period of technological transition. The early ones used fiberglass scrim but lightly to keep weight and wall thickness down hence some elevated failure rate. An in-line transformation was the introduction of carbon scrim (the material surrounding the mandrel to provide hoop strength prior to the lay-up of longitudinal carbon fiber pre-preg sheets cut into a flag or taper pattern). These were the first rods to employ carbon scrim. With resin impregnated, "stabilized", wood reel seat spacers flat sanded, graphite gray blanks and black tipped gray wraps, these were handsome fly rods in a modern idiom. I had several from #4 - #9 with the light ones being preferred but found them to have slightly too soft tips...delicate, yes, but prone to collapse under power. When replaced by seminal GLX, everything changed. Sure, they still where not the straightest or truest tracking rods in existence but GLX exponentially expanded all the great potential of IMX. Adding the first ever woven carbon reel seat spacer and redefining the high modulus fiber with carbon scrim blank construction, GLX offered performance head and shoulder above anything that came before it. Even today, a much refined, redesigned and re-engineered StreamDance GLX is a serious contender to consider when shopping for a new rod. I added an 8 1/2'/#4 version to my quiver just this past spring and love it.
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Default Re: G Loomis "IMX" line of fly rods.

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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