St. Croix Imperial Fly Rods
This is my first 8 wt rod I purchased and just started to fly fish. Tthe rod is extremely light yet powerfull enough to cast a 9 wt line with a huge fly. I tried it on pike and my first catch was a 5 lb small mouth bass that just made my day. I had no problem landing it. I would recommend this as a great mid priced rod.
June 24, 2011
Buy it !!!
I just wanted to let those thinking about buying a St Croix rod to know that they will honor their warranty.
I bought the Avid which was the predecessor to the Imperial about 15 years ago. It broke while in the middle of a cast about a month ago it turns out it had a crack in the section were it fit into the furrral. I sent it back not knowing what to expect, to my surprise they sent me a brand new Imperial 4 piece 9wt to replace my avid 9wt. It is nice to know their are still companies out there that stand behind their products I would recommend them to anyone looking for a quality fly rod.
September 27, 2013
Fits in the overhead, light, casts like a dream!
I recently purchased the St. Croix I905.4 - a nice little 4 piece, 5 wt, 9 foot rod that came with a sturdy case. I've been looking high and low for a good quality 4 piece rod that would fit in an airplane's overhead bin and stumbled on it at BP's Maryland store. Come to Papa!!!
Last Summer's trip to Montana put me over the edge - I was probably the last fly guy in America still checking in his 2-piece fly rods in old PVC pipe rod carrier and paying thru the nose to have the baggage crushers try to flatten it. But no more! This year I'm strapping my dandy new 5-wt to my carry-on and saving the baggage fee for new fly line. And the nicest thing? This rod is sweet!
July 22, 2011
Want to have some fun catching trout in small mountain streams? Well, this is the rod for you. Match it with an ultralight reel without drag and the fight is on. From feisty 6 inch natives to bulldog hatchery released brood mares, this rod can deliver the joy. It will bend itself in half without breaking and make every fish feel like a trophy. Landed an almost 7 pound monster without killing her from fatigue and whooped out loud while catching 9 inch rainbow jumpers that felt like 2 pounders. Only drawback is that ultrafast action makes it difficult to throw a fly very far and rollcasting requires more speed and effort to be effective. Definitely a rod for small waters.
October 15, 2012