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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 11-08-2018, 10:06 AM Thread Starter
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Hey Speypages i just wanted to introduce myself. I am I getting into trout Spey and I was into steelhead in New York and recently moved to Montana By the Missouri River. I am in the market for a new rod and was considering a three or four weight trout Spey out here. I’m debating between the Anderson custom rods and the Loomis Imx Pro. What are your guises thought?

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The IMX Pro 71111 was my first spey rod earlier this year. I've since bought three more spey rods (two 8wts. and a 9 wt.), and have spent over 60 hours on the river with them. I'm still very much an intermediate beginner, but from my perspective that IMX Pro was the perfect rod for me to start on. Compared to my other spey rods, it has a huge sweet spot, meaning that the timing for the forward cast from your D loop doesn't have to be perfect (my timing is rarely perfect, and I get punished with some of my other rods as a result). At the same time, you don't sacrifice power in casting it and the length is a good in-between the shorter switch and longer spey rods out there (casting my 14' 9wt. leaves a lot more factors to consider and is not as intuitive).

There is some great advice on the rod on these pages that I read before I purchased it, and a great video review by a longtime member. If you search around for it, it should pop up. I would also check out the podcast that Jacob Zirkle and Tom Larimer did on this rod with Red's. They work for Loomis so take it with a grain of salt, but there was some great info. I like this rod so much that I am close to buying the 5 wt. version as a dedicated trout spey rod.

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The IMX Pro 71111 was my first spey rod earlier this year. I've since bought three more spey rods (two 8wts. and a 9 wt.), and have spent over 60 hours on the river with them. I'm still very much an intermediate beginner, but from my perspective that IMX Pro was the perfect rod for me to start on. Compared to my other spey rods, it has a huge sweet spot, meaning that the timing for the forward cast from your D loop doesn't have to be perfect (my timing is rarely perfect, and I get punished with some of my other rods as a result). At the same time, you don't sacrifice power in casting it and the length is a good in-between the shorter switch and longer spey rods out there (casting my 14' 9wt. leaves a lot more factors to consider and is not as intuitive).

There is some great advice on the rod on these pages that I read before I purchased it, and a great video review by a longtime member. If you search around for it, it should pop up. I would also check out the podcast that Jacob Zirkle and Tom Larimer did on this rod with Red's. They work for Loomis so take it with a grain of salt, but there was some great info. I like this rod so much that I am close to buying the 5 wt. version as a dedicated trout spey rod.

Good luck,

Dave
Thanks for your input Dave. I’m getting the 3 wt and may add a 5wt down the road for the bigger stuff. I like to get rods in two weight increments.
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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 11-14-2018, 09:44 AM
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Welcome Stravic,

The IMX Pro is a great rod, well described above by AKDave. I learned how to skagit cast on my 6111, and also have the 5111. Both are fine, forgiving rods. The 5111 is impressive with 300-325Gr Commando and Rio Skagit Max Short heads.
On my 6111, I find 400-425Gr heads work best for me. I fished my 6111 on the Missouri River last month. I would not want to go lighter than my 5111 on the Missouri. You moved to a great place!

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Welcome Stravic,

The IMX Pro is a great rod, well described above by AKDave. I learned how to skagit cast on my 6111, and also have the 5111. Both are fine, forgiving rods. The 5111 is impressive with 300-325Gr Commando and Rio Skagit Max Short heads.
On my 6111, I find 400-425Gr heads work best for me. I fished my 6111 on the Missouri River last month. I would not want to go lighter than my 5111 on the Missouri. You moved to a great place!

Fred
Thanks for the input! So I ended up going with the 3wt only because if I ever wanted to swing something heavier I’d get a 5wt. With two rods 2 weights apart it will cover a variety of scenarios. Plus I’m looking forward to swinging soft hackle with the 3wt. We will see how the rod holds up in Montana wind.
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