2008 ICAST Show - Las Vegas, NV
A fusion between tradition and next generation design with the new St. Croix rods (continued)
St. Croix doesn't leave anyone out when they design new rods for the year. As
you can see on this page we have rods for all the other favorite species. Here
St. Croix is re-introducing the Imperial Fly rods after three years of absence.
This time with a completely new and improved rod series of 25 different models
making use of new tooling, new actions, new fittings, and an attractive new
Gloss Burgundy finish.
The new Gloss
Burgundy Imperial Fly rod
Fly anglers will be able to
choose fly rods that range from a 6', 2 wt., 2 piece light rod to a hefty 9', 10
wt. with a choice of 2 or 4 pieces. The Imperial fly rods are built with a blend
of SCIV graphite along with SCII graphite giving these
rods the proper action needed for proper casts, hooksets, and fish fighting
action. The rods use aluminum-oxide stripper guides with black frames, hard
chrome-plated guides, uplocking, machined aluminum reel seats with a rosewood
insert on 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 weights, and uplocking, machined aluminum reel seats
on 7 to 10 weights. The new rods also feature premium-grade cork handles and
uses two costs of Flex Coat slow-cure finish.
use a machined aluminum reel seat
What's nice about these rods
is that the new reel seats have received some weight reduction from trimming
unneeded aluminum. For example the 9', 5 wt, 4-pc weighs only 2.8 ounces, which
is considered pretty light for a rod that only sells for $180.
Some of the
Imperial Fly rods are four pieces
The Imperial fly rods come
with a rugged rod case with carrying handle and divided polypropylene liner for
ultimate protection. These awesome fly rods will carry St. Croix's lifetime
limited warranty backed by their Superstar Service. All of these rods are
handcrafted in N. America and will retail for $150 to $200.
St. Croix surf rods have always been one of the best on the market but this year
they are upping that ante with their latest and greatest, the Legend Surf
series. This new series will have 9 rods and is built to out-cast and out-fish
the competition, and according to St. Croix it will even beat out the custom
rods. The Legend Surf rods are built on their high-modulus, high-strain SCIV
graphite blanks using St. Croix's Integrated Poly Curve (IPC) tooling technology
and Advanced Reinforcing Technology (ART).
the Legend Surf which has a unique X-Grip handle developed at St. Croix
The two piece models feature
slim-profile ferrules for a one piece action and feel. The blank color is a
Belize Blue for the one piece models while the 2 piece models will have a Belize
Blue/Satin Carbon finish.
The surf rods
use slim profile ferrule system
The Legend Surf rods are
outfitted with Fuji LC surf guides with Alconite rings that feature sloped
frames, Fuji DPS reel seats and custom X-Grip handles, two coats of Flex Coat
slow-cure finish, and of course it carries a lifetime limited warranty backed by
St. Croix Superstar Service. The Legend Surf rods are manufactured in the USA
and will have a retail price ranging from $330 to $450. Availability on these
rods will be November 2008.
the new Copper Pearl colored Avid Inshore
Here's another whole new series for the saltwater inshore market. Introducing
the St. Croix Avid Inshore series that contains 22 inshore spinning and casting
rods. These rods gets the best employing the IPC tooling technology on their SCIII
graphite blanks that is completed with a stunning Copper Pearl finish.
There are 22
rods in this new Avid Inshore series
Because these are specifically
designed for the saltwater environment these rods make use of Alps Zirconium
guides with 316 stainless steel frames. Fuji DPS reel seats with frosted silver
hoods are outfitted on spinning models while the Fuji ECS or TCS reel seats with
frosted silver hood are used on casting models.
guides with 316 stainless steel frames are used
The Avid Inshore rods are
handcrafted in the USA and have a lifetime limited warranty that's backed by St.
Croix Superstar Service. The inshore rods will be available in October and will
retail from $180 to $240.
Triumph Salmon and Steelhead rods are only $100
With the US economy not in the greatest shape people are looking into more cost
effective methods to stay on the water. That's where tackle such as the new
Triumph Salmon and Steelhead series, 6 total, comes into play.
The new Triumph rods are built
on St. Croix's SCII blanks using the tooling, materials and components normally
found on premium sticks. These rods are matched with hard aluminum-oxide
guides, Fuji DPS, ECS or TCS reel seats, and quality cork handles. The
Satin-black salmon and steelhead rods are handcrafted in North America and
receives a five year warranty backed by St. Croix Superstar Service. The rods
will be available in October 2008 and will retail for only $100.
A nice handle
for controlled battles with big fish
Legend Tournament Musky:
St. Croix really knows how to make their customers happy. With the Legend
Tournament Musky series they are offering the new rods in either the traditional
one piece cork handle or a split grip handle style. The traditional handle rods
will have model numbers starting with TM while the split grips will begin with
We can say that the most
exciting model within this series of 8 (16 if you count traditional and split
grip) is the new Sling Blade model. This 8'6" heavy power, fast action rod
is made for tossing the big bones at the lunker Muskies on the lake.
Legend Tournament Musky series, the most exciting being the Sling Blade model
for tossing big lures
The LT Musky rods are built
using their most advanced technologies, ART and IPC, on high modulus, high
strain SCIV graphite blanks. The rods are outfitted with Fuji's
Alconite Concept Guide System with chrome frames, a unique flanged SiC tip top,
Fuji's TCS reel seats with a frosted silver hood, premium grade cork handles,
and machined aluminum wind checks. The Legend Tournament Musky rods are
handcrafted in Wisconsin, the heart of Musky country, and has a limited lifetime
warranty backed by St. Croix Superstar Service. Like the other rods it will be
available in October 2008 and will have a retail price of $280 to $340.
The LT Musky rods can be bought in
either split grip or traditional whole cork handle
Conclusion: What an exciting year we are
going to have with the new line up that St. Croix has to offer. They are
offering something for everyone from freshwater to fly to salt, and there will
be something for the more economical or premium anglers. The popular Legend
Elite gets a makeover that looks much more like the traditional rods. Next they
are offering the Legend Xtreme, their most lightweight premium series rods.
Anglers looking into filling their rod lockers with technique specific rods will
now be able to without emptying your wallet with the Mojo Bass series that can
be had for only $90-$120, an unbelievable value for a rod that's made in the
USA. Redfish and other inshore anglers will also get a treat from the new Avid
Inshore series, these are amazing rods designed specifically for inshore
angling. Additional rods for fly, surf, and Musky are also on the table where
all rods except the Legend Surf will be available October 2008. Thanks St. Croix
for showing us your latest and greatest new offerings.