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G Loomis warranty on a early 1990s IMX fly rod?

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Took the old 8wt IMX for a little LMB fishing this morning. Had a large bass, at least 5#, come up and grab a frog popper and then immediately turn back to the depths. I strip striked and then lifted rod into the air and heard a snap. Tip section broke between tip and first snake guide but I was not high sticking given how far out the popper was when hit. If anything, the stress was several guides lower if there was any. Anyway, clean break though at an angle front to rear. This rod has been used in the past with bead head nymphs and tungsten head streamer so it might have been nicked at some point. 

 

Anyway, I am original owner having bought the rod at Al Caucci's school in 1993. IIRC, the rods had a lifetime warranty at the time. I have not used it much in recent years and have kept it for old times sake. Took it out today with the Abel Big Game 1.0 I bought with it back then. 

 

Any thoughts on whether Loomis might honor a warranty on a 27 year old rod?

 

 

 

 

 

 

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On 4/13/2019 at 11:37 AM, tomkaz said:

Took the old 8wt IMX for a little LMB fishing this morning. Had a large bass, at least 5#, come up and grab a frog popper and then immediately turn back to the depths. I strip striked and then lifted rod into the air and heard a snap. Tip section broke between tip and first snake guide but I was not high sticking given how far out the popper was when hit. If anything, the stress was several guides lower if there was any. Anyway, clean break though at an angle front to rear. This rod has been used in the past with bead head nymphs and tungsten head streamer so it might have been nicked at some point. 

 

Anyway, I am original owner having bought the rod at Al Caucci's school in 1993. IIRC, the rods had a lifetime warranty at the time. I have not used it much in recent years and have kept it for old times sake. Took it out today with the Abel Big Game 1.0 I bought with it back then. 

 

Any thoughts on whether Loomis might honor a warranty on a 27 year old rod?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Bummer on the rod breakage. I'm really fond of these rods owning several. The 2pc 9ft 9wt I have may be the best light weight / true 9wt saltwater fly rod ever produced.

 

Regarding G Loomis and warranty issues on old rods .... about 3 or 4 years ago I broke (high sticking / not paying attention mistake) a much coveted 10 ft 6wt GLX fly rod. No longer made G Loomis via the expeditor program sent me an "equivalent" (not really) 10ft 6wt with only shipping cost to pay for the new unit.

 

I'd expect the same treatment in your case ... let's know what actually happens. Thanks!

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2 hours ago, KironaFly said:

 Bummer on the rod breakage. I'm really fond of these rods owning several. The 2pc 9ft 9wt I have may be the best light weight / true 9wt saltwater fly rod ever produced.

 

Regarding G Loomis and warranty issues on old rods .... about 3 or 4 years ago I broke (high sticking / not paying attention mistake) a much coveted 10 ft 6wt GLX fly rod. No longer made G Loomis via the expeditor program sent me an "equivalent" (not really) 10ft 6wt with only shipping cost to pay for the new unit.

 

I'd expect the same treatment in your case ... let's know what actually happens. Thanks!

I wonder that the modern equivalent is for a vintage IMX....

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Probably the IMX Pro.

About the same dollars today as what your IMX was new back in the day if I recall correctly.

If you want something different like a NRX, see if they’ll work with you and maybe charge you a bit more then the Expiditor repair fee to upgrade.

It never hurts to ask....

SF

 

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Well, based on an email received yesterday, G Loomis/Shimano is honoring the lifetime warranty, even after 25+ years and sending me a new IMX-PRO 890-4. Priced in the $495 MSRP range, this is as good a handling of this as I could have hoped for. 

 

Amazing! 

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4 mins ago, mwhitt80 said:

You can use the xpeditor program that gloomis has. 

http://www.gloomis.com/content/gloomis/northamerica/usconv/en/homepage/XPEDITOR_PROGRAM.html

 

On an imx rod they will replace it with a new or equivalent rod it no questions asked for $100.00-$125.00.

Thanks and for a GLX or other modern series I would have done that. 

 

But with the slow process they have replaced the old circa-1992 IMX for $0 other than the cost for me to ship it back to them last week. 

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I read your post right before mine. I forgot that there was a lifetime warranty on the old gloomis. 

It's pretty great that they are still honoring that warranty. They treated you right.

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2 mins ago, mwhitt80 said:

I read your post right before mine. I forgot that there was a lifetime warranty on the old gloomis. 

It's pretty great that they are still honoring that warranty. They treated you right.

Exactly.

 

What I am most impressed in this is that Shimano, current owner of G Loomis, is honoring quarter century old warranty. Make sure me feel,better about all the Shimano gear out in the garage too. 

 

Not sure who suggested it early in this discussion but i did write a very strong "Dear G. Loomis" letter that went with the rod and warranty claim form. I explained the history of this rod, pointed out that I am the original owner and discussed how many other Loomis rods and Shimano gear I won. Not sure that was a factor or not, but it couldn’t have hurt. 

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I've got to use the xpeditor program on my problue. It got car doored last year and since work is slowing down it's time to get some salt in my beard.

That program is amazing for me and I'll just pay the stupid tax happily.

The Kings are running and freezer is bare.

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UPS just sent an email saying the rod will arrive tomorrow, so Shimano/Loomis sent it 2-day. Gotta love that. 

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