St. Croix® Avid Series® Spinning Rods
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- High-modulus SCIII graphite blanks
- Black-framed Fuji® Alconite® Concept guides
- Fuji reel seats
- Select-grade cork handles
- Manufacturer's limited lifetime warranty
- Handcrafted in the USA
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I would say to try the rod out in a store if you can. St Croix has an odd rating system for their rods and what they consider a ML, feels different from other brands.
That being said, I think you would be happier with a St Croix
I think you meant Quantum Smoke right?
Well, Quantum has stepped up it's game in recent years with their rods. I have a couple. I still prefer the St.Croix rods. If you look at what rods people who are NOT SPONSORED use, you'll see many St. Croix and G. Loomis rods, followed by Shimano. Not to say Quantum rods aren't good. Just my preference. The Avid series and the Tournament series are more expensive, but I really like them. The new St.Croix rods use the nano silica resin which makes a stonger lighter rod. I really like them.
until I bought St. Croix Spinning Rod that works just as well. The Tidemaster works well in salt water and has an extremely sensitive tip. You can feel the lightest nibble a fish makes! From 1994 until 2004 I owned a 25' Sea Ray Cabin Cruiser, and fished in Sandy Hook Bay and the Atlantic coast (salt Water) NY/NJ area. My Tidemaster is as good now as it was the year I bought it in 1997
My avid is a 2010 6'9ML and like i said i haven't had any issues with my real seat nut
I end up tightening it every time I cast as a precaution. I have an older model. The one before the current one. Mine doesn't have clear coat on the rod. Not sure if they fixed this with the new line. They seem like they have the same reel seat though.
For most people, there isn't much of a difference. It does take a tiny bit of sensitivity out of your hands but you shouldn't notice too much. It all depends on if you have a boat or not. If you need to put it in your trunk or have limited space, get the 2 peicer.
There is a significant difference between a 2 peice and a 1 peice rod. Fisrt this is the overall weight of the rod, a 2 peice rod weighs more than a 1 peice, so if you are a nut for light gear choose the 1 peice. Second thing is the strength, a 2 peice rod has less strenth than a 1 peice, all 2 peice rods will have a greater tendancy to break around the joint of the rod. So my over all choice is a 1 peice rod, but if you need the convenience of a 2 peice rod for travelling purposes than that is an easy choice.
I hope this helps you make a choice.