For both the trout and steelhead enthusiast, the G. Loomis IMX PRO ShortSpey will be your new favorite two-handed rod.
There has been a steady movement over the last few years of spey rods getting shorter and shorter. 13'6", a standard amongst the spey community for years, is definitely on the long side of things nowadays. At 11'11", the G. Loomis ShortSpey is the new generation of these shorter spey rods. This is not a switch rod, most certainly a spey rod.
The two-hand angler's toolkit is evolving. Efficient and versatile, modern short-format head systems are a popular and practical solution for many common casting and presentation issues. Recognizing this, Tom Larimer and Steve Rajeff joined forces to create a collection of true spey actions carefully crafted to meet the performance characteristics of this new breed of fly lines. All five models share an 11'11" length, perfect for executing short swings and managing low overhead canopies. With progressive flex patterns, medium-fast actions, and pumped power levels, IMX-PRO ShortSpeys casts like your favorite long rod. Conduit Core technology and Multi-Taper design enhance positive feel, and provide ultimate balance from the tip to lower grip.
Built on the foundation of G. Loomis' IMX PRO MATRIX technology, the IMX PRO Shortspey defies the laws by which fly rods have been constructed previously. With any other fly rod, as blank diameter increases, so does the total amount of material increases. With the IMX PRO shortspey, G. Loomis has removed excess wraps of graphite and replaced them with a proprietary material that is lighter but similarly strong. This means that is requires much less energy exertion from the caster to perform the casts and mends necessary for long, technical swings in tight angling scenarios.
Lines we like on this rod: Skagit Scout.
Have no fear throwing any tip with this rod, even T-14! It also handles great in the wind, as it is definitely fast action. Skagit Switch G2, Rage Compact, Scandi Compact.