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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