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Welde 10-20-2003 02:34 PM

Loomis Slate/IMX blanks?
I am told that the Slate blanks sold in Scandinavia is the same as the old IMX blanks. Can anyone confirm this?
The reason is that I am considering bying one in 9f #4 or #5. I am being offered "Slate blanks" in Norway, but if I order what is called "IMX blanks" from the US, i`ll end up saving 50% of the price.
Another problem is chosing AFTM-class. I have heard that the IMX #5 is supposed to be great. Can anyone confirm this?

flytyer 10-20-2003 08:52 PM

The Loomis "slate blanks" are IMX blanks. The 9' 5 wt is a very nice rod; however, it is nor as nice as the GLX (which is not available as a blank).

Welde 10-21-2003 04:41 AM

I have tested the GLX 4wt, and was very pleased. But unfortunately it is out of my "financial league". The price tag on the GLX is 1000US$-1200US$ in Norweigan stores. I`ll get a IMX 9`5wt blank for 130US$ from, and the pleasure of building my first custom rod.

I need a nice rod for trout, arctic char and grilse. An alround rod for long cast in smaller lakes, but also for speying in tiny streams. The IMX disapeared from the Norweigan marked a few years ago, and I have little knowledge about the model.

flytyer 10-21-2003 12:57 PM

The IMX disappeared from the US market when the GLX was released. However, since Shimano bought Loomis and discountinued the selling of GLX blanks, select models of the IMX blanks has been brought back into production for sale as blanks only. The IMX is still a very nice blank which I have no problem recommending to folks who are looking for a fast, progressive, smooth action rod. The GLX is just noticeably better, although much more costly.

You might be better served by the 9' 6 wt instead of the 5 wt though because it is better able to handle long casts and fish over 4 pounds.

Welde 10-21-2003 02:06 PM

The rod is supposed to replace my Guideline LPX 8,6` 4wt. I don`t want to that far up in wt class.
I use a 9` 7wt as my "salmon rod", for bigger flies and fish over 6 pounds:) Later on I want to build a 3 wt.

flytyer 10-22-2003 05:17 PM


Your English is easy to understand; therefore, it is fine as far as I'm concerned. If I already had a 7 wt like you, I would be looking for a 5 wt too. Like I said, the IMX is a very nice rod (prior to the GLX it along with T&T was my favorite rod).

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