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St. Croix Rods with 3M Matrix Nano Resin and Other New Offerings (continued)
 

Mojo Musky: Mojo Bass, Mojo Surf, Mojo Inshore, and now there's a high performing affordable series for Musky anglers, the Mojo Musky will retail for only $140 to $160 depending on model. These new rods will also make use of the same SCII graphite blank as the others but is created with more robust actions to handle the rigors of tackling Musky.

 

The popularity of the Mojo series of rods brings us the Mojo Musky

 

 

Available in 6 different models, these rods feature Batson Forecast hard aluminum-oxide guides with double coated black chrome frames and flanged ring tops with zirconium inserts, Fuji TCS reel seats. These come with a 5 year warranty and will be available at the same time as the other introductions later this Fall.

 

Priced from only $140 to $160

 

Avid Carp: St Croix has added two tournament-grade carp rods to its top-selling series of Avid spinning rods. Designed by carp tournament champion Lee Young, the new rods are built to cast long distances and fight large, powerful fish, yet also protect small hooks down to size #10 and #12.

 

Two Carp rods are introduced in the Avid series

 

Avid Carp rods are made from premium, high-modulus SCIII graphite blanks designed using Integrated Poly Curve® (IPC®) tooling technology for extreme sensitivity and strength. Available in 12' and 9' 6" models, the Avid Carp rods feature a unique progressive multi-taper design with a thin, fast tip to enhance strike detection and protect small, fine-wire hooks. The power curve progresses down the entire blank, making casts of 75 – 100 yards almost effortless – while providing plenty of backbone to control large, wild carp.

 

 

Outfitted with Fuji Alconite guides, Fuji DPS reel seats with gunsmoke hoods, and premium-grade cork handles, all thread wraps are protected with two coats of Flex Coat slow-cure finish for an attractive appearance and rugged durability. This series of rods will have a limited lifetime warranty and will retail for $240 and $280.

 

These long carp rods have the perfect action

 

Bank Robber (Fly): St. Croix and Kelly Galloup have co-developed a mini-series of specialized streamer fly rods cleverly named the Bank Robber™ – built specifically for “pounding the bank” with streamers along major trout rivers. Kelly Galloup is a well-known fly designer, outfitter, writer, seminar speaker and lodge owner on Montana’s Madison River. His "Butt Monkey" and "Zoo Cougar" and other innovative patterns have led the recent revolution in streamer fly fishing.

 

Here's a new series called the Bank Robber, co-designed by Kelly Galloup

 

The new mini-series features two 9' 4-piece rods rated for #6-weight and #7-weight lines. Built on high-modulus/highstrain SCV graphite blanks and reinforced with super-high-modulus SCVI graphite in lower sections for added power with reduced weight, they’re two of the first St. Croix rods to feature 3M™ Matrix Resin, the innovative new nano resin from 3M.™ Combined with St. Croix’s proprietary Integrated Poly Curve® (IPC®) tooling technology, which produces continuous curve tapers for one-piece performance in a four-piece design, and Advanced Reinforcing Technology™ (ART™), which adds strength to the blank without adding extra weight or bulk, the new Bank Robbers are two of the most technologically advanced fly rods to be introduced in many years.

 

 

Sweet components are used and also lightweight

 

Bank Robbers are fitted with Fuji® K stripper guides and Fuji® MN tops, both with Alconite rings, and hard chrome snake guides – with all thread wraps protected by two coats of Flex Coat® slow-cure finish. The handles feature lightweight machined-aluminum reel seats with built in hook-keepers and flora-grade cork grips. The Bank Robber, having a limited lifetime warranty, will be available in October and will retail for $400.

 

One of the guides used

 

Each fly rod comes with a case and some ferrule wax

 

Legend Elite (Fly): This series is not new but because of its popularity St Croix is going back and upgrading them with the latest and greatest technology. The 2011 models of the Legend Elite fly rods will now include the 3M Matrix resin with the SCV graphite to further improve upon the already impressive durability and strength. The updated fly rods will still have the same popular actions and St. Croix will be keeping them the same price when they become available with the new graphite formula come January.

 

Thanks Jeff Schluter for showing us all the new and exciting rods

 

Conclusion: Most exciting out of the camp at St. Croix was the implementation of the 3M technology into both new and existing rods. St. Croix had a good presentation to support their findings and the company has a great track record of rigorous testing which leads to excellent refinement and consistency in their rods and these latest offerings from St. Croix look like they will continue this trend.

 

 

 

 

   

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