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Checking In With The New IMX, the 892C JWR (continued)

Sensitivity: One area I was pleased to discover things haven't changed is sensitivity. The 892C JWR's tip transmits bite pickups with the lightest baits extremely well. We were on one bite during a trip where the fish were in stealth mode picking up baits so softly, in pressure bite after pressure bite. I decided to change tactics a little and drag my ned rig instead of hopping it along the bottom. That move proved deadly for the fish because that light, responsive tip of the 892C JWR jumped at every inhale immediately increasing my catch rate.


Fig 1 : The chart above illustrates the deflection characteristics of our G.Loomis IMX-Pro 892C JWR against the historical averages of similarly powered rods we've tested over the past twenty years

Power: Fish battles with the IMX-Pro 892C JWR are exhilarating as are most light line battles. Thanks to its softer than expected blank, I really came to enjoy fishing this stick with finesse tactics. Its extra length (compared to most of my finesse rods) really helped put extra pressure on feisty fish which led to better control.

This rod's extra-fast taper helps with sensitivity and hooksets, but its softer overall power still allows for secure battles with a six pound leader. The more I fished this stick, the more I was impressed with how suitable it was in this application.


Checking out that tip

Design & Ergonomics: With its conservative build featuring a full rear grip and decorative foregrip, the IMX-Pro 892C JWR comes in with a slightly heavier than average build weight of four point six ounces (4.6oz). Following suit with its longer length, balance and tip-heavy metrics are also above average. So on our spreadsheet, ergonomics aren't great, but out on the water none of these metrics really had me feeling the rod was uncomfortable to fish. Quite the contrary, the IMX-Pro 892C JWR feels light, sufficiently crisp, and very responsive in hand.

Lab Results for G.Loomis IMX-Pro 892C JWR

Model
Avg RoD
Taper
Measured Weight (oz)
Balance Point (inches)
Balancing Torque (ftlbs)
G.Loomis IMX-Pro 892C JWR
2.52
Extra-Fast
4.6
8.5
0.24
What the Finesse Avg
2.94
--
3.9
7.3
0.15
Medium Pwr Avg
2.19
--
4.2
7.9
0.18


The foregrip pays homage to the original styling of IMX while introducing its new rebellious side

As I mentioned earlier in terms of graphics, this is not the same IMX as previous generations. I'm not sure if the change to white graphics with green wraps was made when G.Loomis transitioned to IMX-Pro or if that was done prior to this refresh, but it's all simply a matter of taste and personal preference. The updated look likely appeals more to today's up and coming angler where the older motif is more classic and very much nostalgia.


Guides are Fuji SS/Alconites

Price & Applications: G. Loomis IMX-Pro sticks range in price from about $365 - $400 depending on the model. The 892C JWR retails for $365. Considering this is a stick with Fuji SS/Alconite guides, that seems on the high side, but taking into account these sticks are all still assembled at the G.Loomis factory in Washington State on blanks rolled in that same facility, it's just kind of the price of doing business Stateside.


The endcap is composite cork instead of the old school, hard plastic cap

Application wise, I find the 892C JWR suitable for single hook applications presented vertically or horizontally so long as you stay within the recommended lure rating. If you want to stretch things a bit, I also find it suitable for fishing micro-sized crankbaits. Probably thanks to its power, but the 892C JWR is not a typical extra-fast taper stick that immediately shuts off once you get past the tip. It has some give and that give affords the stick a surprising amount of versatility.

Ratings:

G.Loomis IMX-Pro 892C JWR Ratings (?/10)

Construction/Quality Nice clean, if not conservative, build 8
Performance Surprised me with its versatility 9
Price Fair considering its Made in the USA origins 6.5
Features Nothing very fancy but a solid line of components for a rod in this price range. It is hard to go wrong with Fuji 7
Design (Ergonomics) On the conservative side with the grip. Graphics are more contemporary 7
Application As versatile a 2 power stick there is. This is a fun and useful addition to the bass fishing arsenal 8

Total Score

7.58
Ratings Key: 1 = terrible : 2 = poor : 3 = lacking : 4 = sub par : 5 = mediocre : 6 = fair : 7 = good : 8 = great : 9 = excellent : 10 = unbelievable!
For More Details of the updated rating system visit our explanation here

 

Pluses and Minuses:

Plus

Minus
+ Very versatile for its taper - Going on stats alone, a little pricey for a stick only outfitted with Alconites
+ Good sensitivity  
+ Casts extremely well  
+ Sneaky BFS capable  


If you're looking for a solid, no nonsense performer that might just surprise you with versatility, this IMX-Pro 892C JWR is worth checking out

Conclusion: This IMX-Pro 892C JWR might not conjure the same nostalgia the classic black and gold IMX of yesteryear does for me, but it fishes very familiar to that old school series. For me, with IMX, it's always been about that crisp, responsive tip - even more so than GLX. Don't get me wrong, GLX remains a favorite and a top performer, but the blanks tend to be a little softer than their IMX counterparts. Those familiar with G.Loomis rods know of what I speak. IMX has always been more stout but with a crisp, responsive tip. This new 892C JWR has that familiar tip. The backbone isn't quite the same, but it was certainly sufficient in my applications. If you're looking for a solid, no nonsense performer that might just surprise you with versatility, this IMX-Pro 892C JWR is worth checking out.

 

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