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Conventional

IMX STEELHEAD SIDE DRIFT

From $499.99

Side-drifting is a very effective method for fishing bait, normally cured salmon or steelhead eggs or an artificial version of same, for steelhead or the smaller salmon species. The technique is simple enough... just position the boat at the top of a good looking run, allow it to drift slowly downstream while the anglers cast to likely looking holding water and let their baits drift enticingly along-side the boat. It creates a very natural drift that can be extended as long as the holding water allows. When the fish takes the bait, they will usually drift slightly down current with the offering as they mouth it. Good anglers feel this difference in the drift and set the hook, but just as often, you see the strike as the fish grabs the bait and returns to the holding spot a few feet upstream. When this happens, they all but jerk the rod out of your hands. It's a fun, exciting way to fish that requires a rod that is sensitive, light weight and powerful. IMX allows us to create a rod with the perfect blend of line/lure control, power and sensitivity. Soft enough so the fish will hang on to the bait, sensitive enough to allow you to react before they drop it.

Key Features

  • High-modulus graphite construction
  • Balanced swing weight + incredible durability
  • Multi-Taper Design
  • Fuji guided train
  • Full grade A cork handles
  • Handcrafted in Woodland, Washington

Featured Technologies

  • MULTI-TAPER DESIGN
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Models Available

NRX+ Product Options
Sku Model LengthPowerAction PiecesLine (lb)Lure (oz)Handle Price
12226-01 IMX 1043-2S STSDR 8'8"MediumFast 2 6-121/16-1/2- $499.99
12232-01 IMX 1102-2S STSDR 9'2"Medium LightModerate 2 6-101/4-1/2D $539.99
12234-01 IMX 1103-2S STSDR 9'2"MediumModerate Fast 2 6-123/8-3/4D $539.99
12236-01 IMX 1161-2S STSDR 9'8"LightSlow 2 4-81/16-3/8D $539.99
12237-01 IMX 1162-2S STSDR 9'8"Medium LightModerate 2 6-101/4-1/2D $539.99
12239-01 IMX 1163-2S STSDR 9'8"MediumModerate Fast 2 6-123/8-3/4D $549.99
12443-01 IMX 1165-2S STSDR 9'8"Medium HeavyModerate Fast 2 8-173/8-1D $549.99

Technology

  • MULTI-TAPER DESIGN

    MULTI-TAPER DESIGN

    Since 1982, we’ve pushed the boundaries of manufacturing technology, materials innovation, and product design. That’s why G. Loomis rods deliver superior performance, heightening angler experience and effectiveness on the water. While there are countless examples of this philosophy in action, one technology in particular encapsulates our drive to build the most advanced rods in the world: Multi-Taper Design.

    Multi-Taper Design is best described as a series of “micro-tapers” within the overall taper of the rod. This unique, proprietary process allows us to use more material on potential break points and less material everywhere else. To accomplish this, we manufactured a custom rolling table...and it’s the only one in existence today. The result is a catalog of precisely defined actions that strike a perfect balance between durability and performance.

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