Field and Stream

3. G. Loomis IMX-Pro

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G. Loomis makes the lightest technique-specific rods on the market, and the IMX series has long been its standard-bearer—not the most expensive, but what most Loomis fans will purchase for dayto-day use. The new IMX-Pro is not flashy and didn’t jump out at me during the Outdoor Life/FIELD & STREAM tackle test. But I found myself reaching for it again and again. Not only did it excel in its intended lure class, but it was also much more versatile than promised. Compared with previous IMXs, the new Pro version is even lighter and more refined, with premium cork and Fuji K Frame Alconite ring guides. What really sealed the deal for me was the blank. It loads up effortless­ly and performs flawlessly on both the cast and while fighting a fish. In the end, it’s a perfect example of efficiency winning out over cosmetics.


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