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11-06-98, 12:04 AM
I got some good input on Redington rods. How about the St.Croix rods? Imperial and Legend series. Anyone have experience with these rods?
Great advise from Hound in your other post, check them all out and buy what feels right for you. I have heard a lot of great things about St. Croix rods from a lot of people, one of the best buys for the money out there. Sage and Orvis also have a line of rods that use the same graphite as the more expensive rods just not quite as eye apealling for a lot less money. I too prefere slow action rods most of my fishing is very close in on very small streams. The ultimate choice is yours pick what suits you and to heck with the price. I still have an old fibergla** rod with foam handles and I still use it from time to time.
I have an Imperial series 7' 3-4 wt. Can't beat it for the price. The price has jumped up a bit since the series has sold so well, but still is a great bargain (I paid $99 two years ago and they fetch $125 now). And by 'bargain' I don't mean to imply that you are getting a marginal rod either. It just depends on the action you prefer. They are described as moderate-action rods, I'd call them "moderately fast-action".
The Legend Ultra is probably one of the best values out there. The materials are top quality (Bird's Eye Maple reel seats). I haven't cast the rods but I haven't heard anything bad about them. I plan on getting one soon.
The rods are rated as fast action. The Imperial is a little slower. Take a look at the the 4 piece models. Not much more than the 2 piece (I personally will never get another 2 piece rod).
The best thing to do is to cast the rods. Take more than one so you have something to compare. I'd also test cast the Scott SAS (med-fast).
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11-06-98, 11:25 AM
I have a St. Croix Imperial 5/6 9' 2-piece. When I bought it I was looking for something that wouldn't break the bank, but one I would still enjoy casting as my skills improved and as I learned what my "tastes" were in rod action. The Imperial, I found, has a faster action than other rods in its price range. In addition, the asthetics are as good or better than comparably priced rods. All in all, a good choice for me.
I do reiterate what others have said though. Cast and compare. My wife prefers slower actions and hates casting the St. Croix.
11-06-98, 10:46 PM
I am glad that I found this board. Thanks for all the help! If anyone is ever in the Buffalo area, and you want to experience some FANTASTIC steelhead fishing, let me know.
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