I had an 8 1/2' four weight on an IM6 blank. Nice casting rod but this one has a little more zip. I did an outing with disabled vets through our FFF chapter in the Twin Cities a while back. The guy I was assigned to fell in love with the rod. He cast ti well and asked where he could get one. I gave it to him.This one is similar to mine too and I am still wondering, reputation aside, if anyone had both this rod and one of the Loomis blanked IM6's to compare it too....my suspicion remains that this older one is the better caster.
The 5 weight has seen a lot of action over the years as it was my primary rod before I got into cane. If my memory serves me correctly I've used it in New York, PA, MN, WI, WY, MN, OR, WY, MT NM and CO. Tom Morgan was right when he said a good rod then is a good rod now. I still use it on occasion.