iCAST Review: St. Croix Legend Casting Rods Ideal for Deep Crankbait Fishing
Bob McNally 07.14.16
I’ve got a lot of fond memories fishing with St. Croix fiberglass rods. Some of my earliest and favorite spinning and bait-casting rods were made by this great independent rod manufacturer headquartered in central Wisconsin. I still use a vintage 7-foot fiberglass fly rod with the St. Croix label and well remember many evenings on trout streams in Pennsylvania, the Midwest, and far West, when that rod served well on stream rainbows, browns, cutthroats, and brookies.
Well St. Croix is back with a new premium line of “Legend Glass IPC Casting Rods,” and they have the same deep and rich honey-brown color their original rods had. The new rod line not only harks back to St. Croix’s fiberglass rod roots, but it also offers an advantage for some anglers who prefer a bit of a delay in rod sensitivity to improve hook-ups from fish (chiefly deep bass). For this reason crankbait anglers will be especially pleased with this new rod line.
These modern Legend Glass IPC Casting Rods feature premium linear S-Glass blanks. Designed to eliminate all transitional points in the rod blank, IPC rods feature smoother actions and increased strength, while 100 percent linear S-glass is also stronger, lighter, and higher in modulus than traditional, woven E-glass rods. The results are the best, high-performance fiberglass rods ever created.
Fuji K Series Concept Tangle Free guides with Alconite rings and polished frames are ideal for super braid, mono, and fluorocarbon lines. The sloped frames and rings on these premium guides work to effectively shed line tangles before they can cause problems.
There are four new rods in the line from medium to medium-heavy actions, measuring from just over 7-feet to just under 8-feet in length.
Retail price is about $250.