G. Loomis IMX Pro Series - Review

Few rod series are tailor-built for one purpose as well as the IMX-PRO series from G. Loomis.

by Thomas Nugent • May 09, 2022

Gear Reviews, New Gear for 2022


Very few rod companies built products that come close to the versatility and the performance of the G. Loomis IMX-PRO Series. While the IMX-PRO consists of a core series of rods, G. Loomis has also introduced some more specialized sticks in the series to capture a wider audience of anglers. Make no mistake, these are not just rods that are made to expand the lineup, these are high-performance rods made for the most serious technical fly anglers who know exactly what they want out of their gear. 

IMX-PRO

G. Loomis IMX-PRO Fly Rod

The new G Loomis IMX-PRO fly rods are each engineered for a specific fishing technique. These rods are designed for professional guides and hardcore anglers that know exactly how they want to fish. Each IMX-PRO fly rod has a finely tuned action for that specific purpose. IMX-PRO rods incorporate a new Conduit Core Technology, which uses fewer wraps of graphite, resulting in a rod that is lighter and more sensitive, without sacrificing power or durability. Using less material reduces weight, balances better, and transfers energy more efficiently through the blank. IMX-PRO rods are very light, crisp, and effortless to cast. Striking the ultimate balance of handsome appointments, positive feel, smooth power, and durability, the IMX-PRO is a game-changing addition to the serious angler's quiver. 

IMX-PRO Streamer

G. Loomis IMX-PRO Streamer Fly Rod

These specially tailored for anglers that like to throw big meaty flies to freshwater prey. The G Loomis IMX-PRO 7wt 8'10" 1-piece is the ultimate performance streamer rod. Lighter in weight, and stronger without ferrules, this is a pure streamer rod to keep on the boat or rigged and ready in the rod vault. Fast in all the right places for lifting, casting and sending heavy sinking lines and big flies, the IMX-PRO-1 Streamer is the ideal tool for chasing giants. This rod will launch big streamers in the wind straight to that cut in the bank. The IMX-PRO is a fantastic performance rod from G Loomis that will compete with rods costing nearly twice as much.

Four-piece Streamer rods are available in nine-foot lengths and are 7wt and 8wt. G.Loomis does offer one-piece rods that are 7wt and 8wt which measure in at 8'10". 

IMX-PRO Euro

G. Loomis IMX-PRO Euro Fly Rod

With the rise in popularity of European Nymphing over the last decade, G. Loomis set out to create an extremely purpose-drive European Nymphing rods. The result was the IMX-PRO E, a dedicated nymphing rod that is effortless to cast, lightweight for high-sticking, and possesses an extremely sensitive, yet strong, tip. The IMX-PRO Euro is designed to load easily for improved casting accuracy without sacrificing the “oomph” behind the hookset. Conduit Core Technology and our GL7 Resin System combine to reduce overall weight, resulting in a lightweight, scary-sensitive blank. A custom half wells “Euro Grip”, matte finished reel seat with counter-weighted fighting butt, precise guide spacing to eliminate line sag, and pointer finger “sensitivity zone” on the blank above the grip round out the feature set for this purpose-driven euro nymphing powerhouse.

The IMX-PRO Euro is available in two configurations, both very common lengths and weights. A 10'0" 2wt for smaller waters and a 10'6" 3wt for the bigger prizes which can be had while using nymphing techniques.

These are phenomenal Euro Nymphing rods at mid-price level but pack premium performance.

IMX-PRO Creek

G. Loomis IMX-Pro Creek Fly Rod

Small water. Big rewards. Now more than ever, anglers are searching for new opportunities to explore the path less traveled. Avoiding crowded waterways in search of solitude not only offers pause from the hectic pace of everyday life, it’s also an excellent way to find that happy, unpressured fish of a lifetime. 

A great choice for those bluelining anglers, the IMX-PRO Creek rods were tailored for small waters and every detail was taken into consideration during the design phase. Lightweight aluminum reel seat to reduce weight. Single foot guides to reduce weight and to also keep slack out of your line. 'Multi-taper' blank which packs more proprietary material into potential weak points which aims at reducing traditional breaking spots. A quick-loading blank which is most punchy in tight quarters. 

The IMX-PRO Creek rods all come in a 7'9" lengths and are available in a 2, 3, or 4wt which covers almost all of the most technical small trout waters.

IMX-PRO Muskie

G. Loomis IMX Pro Muskie Fly Rod

 The rise in popularity of Esox on the fly over the last decade shown the world that it is best to have a dedicated tool for this demanding job. Nearly every major rod maker in the world now has a special stick for chasing musky and northern pike. When you're casting sopping wet foot-long flies to freshwater apex predators, make sure you've got the right tool for the job. G. Loomis accomplished this while tailored the IMX-PRO Muskie. 

The IMX-PRO Muskie is available in 11 and 12wt models, both 9ft in length. The Muskie rod is flush with features those musky anglers are sure to appreciate. Triple stripping guides for increased durability. Oversized tip-top to decrease chances of tangling. A composite cloud cork handle for durability and comfort. A unique three hand cork handle that aids in fighting fish and handling those figure-8s on the boat side. 

As far as high-performance muskie rods, the G. Loomis IMX-PRO Muskie stands right at the top of the list. Consider this for the most serious, technical of Esox anglers.

IMX-PRO Shortspey

G. Loomis IMX-Pro Shortspey Fly Rod

These rods really blur the lines between between a traditional spey rod and a modern switch rods. For this reason, the series was given the name which is slightly confusing, the Shortspey. To many it is a misnomer, like jumbo shrimp. However one may feel about the names of these rods, the performance and popularity cannot be understated. 

Shortspey rods all come standard at 11'11" and are available from 3wt all the way through 7wt. This should be a popular rod for anglers looking to step into a premium trout spey rod or those midwesterners looking to swing eggs to lake run trout off of the Great Lakes.

Warranty 

G. Loomis rods are covered by a Limited Lifetime Warranty against non-conformities in workmanship and materials for the life of the original owner.


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