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Put the hoity-toity into your fishing arsenal with St. Croix®'s Legend Elite® Series Casting Rods. Everything about the Legend Elite Series Rods is as good as it gets. From the technologically advanced SCV graphite the Legend Elites are built on to the marriage between St. Croix's Advanced Reinforcing Technology™ (ART™) and Integrated Poly Curve® Technology which together add rod strength without increasing weight or blank diameter or decreasing sensitivity. Phenomenally sensitive, lightweight and super smooth casters, the Legend Elite Series Rods feature premium components and a great-looking slow-cure finish.
Integrated Poly Curve tooling technology
Advanced Reinforcing Technology (ART)
Super high-modulus SCVI graphite in lower section for added power with reduced weight
High-modulus/high-strain SCV graphite with carbon-matte scrim
Phenomenally sensitive, light and smooth casting
Fuji® SiC Concept Guide System with titanium-coated frames
St. Croix® Legend Elite® Series Casting Rods
Great rod light weight great feel very sensitive love how it feels in my hand matched it with a shimano chronarch 201e6 nice combo can fish all day and not feel tired. used all kind of baits ,crank, spinner,and soft all worked well this is now the first rod i reach for when I'm bass fishing. well made and I love the Fuji SiC guides. if you try one you won't put it down.
April 21, 2012
St Croix Rods are Great
I own over 20 St. Croix rods. I started using them over 20 years ago begining with the entry level Premier Series. I have since upgraded to the St Croix Legend Extreme Elite(not yet carried in the BPS catalog) and Legend Elite rods. My favorite all around rod is the XC70 MF the same model as the EC70MF but with a split grip and Recoil brand guides. I use this rod for light to medium soft plastics, jigs, and shakey head presentations. They are extremely sensitive and light. You will feel the lightest pressure bites. St. Croix also has the best life time warranty available on a made in the U.S.A rod. In my opinion, a fisherperson should spend their hard earned money on a sensitive rod. If you don't get bit(or know you are getting bit) your reel is just a counter weight. Save a few hundred dollars on a good reel (Shimano Curados are a great value) and spend your money on a great rod.
December 3, 2010
I was a traditionalist and did not like the esthetics of the split grip. The new Xtreme Elites finally came out with the Recoil brand guides I prefer so I purchased some Xtreme Elites. Within the first week I forgot they even had a split grip, Except for the cast, the split grip feel exactly like a full grip. Your left had is mostly palming the reel anyway. On your decision between the Elite or Xtreme. In my opinion, I have fished both. The Xtreme is more sensitive. Probably due to the Recoil guides and reduced rod weights.
i have both, the legen extreme is my fav. i'm a fan of the split grips.. sensitivity is the same.. you just need to decide whether or not you like recoil guides and split grips.. recoils are a little noisy when fishing braid..
These two rods have two totally different applications and feels. I use the 7' MH for tossing jigs and heavy plastics. It is very sensitive yet has plenty of backbone to really put the pressure on a fish. It is as great med to heavy plastic, jig rod and also works great with medium to heavy spinner baits. The 6'8" MXF is truly a finesse gem. It is one of the lightest bait casting rods available. I use it for dropshotting, light plastics, light shakey head, top water, and light spinnerbait applications. It is so sensitive I like to use it in night tourneys when a very light pressure bite can be missed with a less sensitive rod.
I currently am using several Shimano reels with these rods. I just bought a new Curado 200E7 last year and have been using it with a XC70MF and model similar to the EC70MF. I have been very successful using it in shakey head applicatins. The new Curados are smaller and are very comfortable to palm all day. I have used braided line with them also. They excel with the braids no stretch properties and you can feel every pebble and stick along the bottom.
I have a fenwick HMG and I now understand how much nicer a high end rod is. And I can also safely say that I will never spend under a hundred dollars on a rod again. But is this rod really worth three hundred dollars? What makes it better than a hundred dollar rod (is it more sensitive, more durable, ect.)?
I have fished St Croix rods from the entry level Premier(they now have the Triumph series) up through the newest Xtreme Elites. As you progress up the price range you will notice a definite difference in the sensitivity. The difference between the Legend Tourney and Elite is night and day. I believe you should spend your money on a great rod and team it up with the Curado reel you are also looking at. You have to feel the bite to make use of your reel.
the major difference between lower end rods and higher end rods is components and scrim.. quality reel seats, guides and cork handles are the norm.. rec recoil guides avg about 100 dollars for a set to build a rod. the best way to describe scrim is this.. when a rod is made the graphite is laid out in a sheet then rolled into a tube.. then its coated in epoxy, and another sheet of graphite is rolled around it.. this is repeated several times to make a blank.. basically scrim is the layer between the sheets of graphite.. on a higher end rod the scrim is carbon based so you have more or less a solid graphite rod which increases sensitivity.. it is rumored that bowing ( the aeronautical company) helped loomis design the compound for the glx rods.. which i'm sure was costly.. with the graphite scrim your rods will be lighter weight and more sensitive. your lower end rods have fiberglass or something similar for scrim which is why they tend to be heavier and less sensitive.. when you are fishing lures that require sensitivity its priceless.. throwing a topwater.... not so much hope this helps ....
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