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ICAST 2013 Coverage


Thinking Outside The Box With The New Legend X Fly Rods From St. Croix

 

Date: 8/22/13
Location: Las Vegas, NV
Admission: Buyers & Press Only
Manufacturer: St. Croix
Reviewer: Wolbugger








Introduction: St. Croix needs no introduction; they have been in the fishing game a long time and are one of the most popular rod brands you'll find. Their fame has mostly derived from their substantial lineup of spinning and casting rods, however they have always made some excellent fly rods that for some reason often seem to be overshadowed by other brands. This year they are revealing their brand new Legend X fly rods, which bring a very different look along with advanced features.

 


The St. Croix Legend X Fly rods are designed for targeting warm water species

 

Legend X Fly Rods: These new fly rods are designed to do battle with large warm water species. Utilizing a blend of four carbon fiber materials, Legend X blanks incorporate super-high modulus SCVI graphite in the lower section, premium SCII graphite in the tip portion, and SCV graphite throughout the blank length. What does all of this mean for you? It all combines to result in a rod that is lightweight, incredibly strong, but remains easy to cast. When casting big, wind-resistant flies for mean species like Bass, Pike, and Snook, you'll definitely appreciate a rod with these attributes.

 

Advanced blanks require advanced construction processes, and St. Croix doesn't disappoint in this department. Integrated Poly Curve (IPC) technology, the new Fortified Resin System (FRS), and Advanced Reinforcing Technology (ART) all come together to make these rods extremely refined, strong, high performing, and up to 33% stronger than those built with more conventional methods.

 


No traditional cork grips on this non-conventional fly rod

 

What's up with that handle, you ask? It certainly strays from the traditional cork look that just about every fly rod in existence uses, and our own Wolbugger was excited to see this. For a few years he has been wondering why a fly rod manufacturer doesn't break tradition and use an alternative handle material like you see on bass rods, so this was a pleasant surprise. The handle on the Legend X is a neoprene skin similar to what is used on the Rage series of Bass rods, and is both durable and easier to clean than cork. Not only does the grip supposedly improve when wet, it also makes for a very serious, ready-for-combat look!

 

Reel seats are matte black anodized machined aluminum and are backed by a neoprene skin fighting butt with EVA foam cap. Tangle-free K-series Fuji stripping guides with Alconite rings, along with Recoil snake guides round out the package.

 


Legend X blanks incorporate super-high modulus SCVI graphite in the lower section, premium SCII graphite in the tip portion, and SCV graphite throughout the blank length

 

The Legend X series will be offered in 4 models from 7 to 10 weight sizes, all with 4 piece construction. Every rod comes in a lined and divided rod case for ease of transportation. The price range will span from $480-$490, and each rod will come with a 15 year transferable warranty for additional peace of mind.

 


Mike Vejar shows us the exciting new Legend X fly rods

 

Conclusion: This is a pretty serious looking lineup of fly rods, and one that we hope to put into battle for a full review. St. Croix has been busting out some serious innovation in recent years, with a few of the latest designs looking a world apart from rods of their past. For those that appreciate a product made in the USA, these are designed and handcrafted up in Park Falls, Wisconsin. If you're a warm water angler, give these a look when they are released in early fall.



 

 

 

 

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