St. Croix Spey Blanks?

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  1. Southsound

    Southsound Steve Cole - Nisqually and Adjacent Environs

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    Has anyone had a chance to build/fish on one of the new St. Croix Avid or Legend Ultra spey blanks? Impressions? The Avid model has a real attractive price but the old SCIII trout blanks kind of "died" in the higher line weights (7 and above) and one had to work at casting longer distances. Thinking of building on one of these as my first spey construction attempt but wanted other opinions before committing.

    Thanks All

    Steve Cole
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  2. James Mello

    James Mello Inventor of the "closed eye conjecture"

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    Are you wedded to using a SC blank? If you aren't I would say there are less expensive alternatives in the Rainshadow Forecast line, or if you chip in additional money, you can get a Meiser or Beulah blank which would be more "proven". I myself haven't used the SC blanks so I can't comment on them, but in all the time I've seen Aarons casting classes on saturday, I've still to see an SC rod out there, so make of it what you will :confused: :confused:
     
  3. FT

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    Steve,

    I've not seen, nor had the opportunity to cast one of the new St. Croix Avid or Legend 2-handers. I don't think others have had the opportunity to do so either since they just came out and aren't all that available yet.

    However, I bought two of the old Imperial 2-handers for my sons to get them into 2-handers. I bought each of them 13' 7/8 Imperials because they were good, moderate actioned, 2-handers. One of my sons was 15 when I got him his and the other was 12 when he got his. They have both been very happy with the rods; although the older son (who is now 18 and out of high school) wants us to get him a CND Thompson Specialist for his birthday this year.

    I also have two very good friends who have St. Croix Imperials 2-handers. One has the 14' 9/10 and the other has both the 14' 9/10 and the 15' 10/11. Each likes his so much that they have kept them and use them a lot, eventhough both have now gotten some expensive, high-end 2-handers in different line weights.

    Based on the above, I'd think both of the new 2-handed series from St. Croix would be very nice casting rods. I would also expect the Legend to be stiffer, faster than the Avid.

    However, if you are looking for an excellent 2-handed blank for around $200.00, Meiser has some very, very nice casting ones you ought to take a look at. For my money, I'd get a proven Meiser design blank before I'd get one of the unproven St. Croix ones, and the Meiser blanks are the same or slighty lower in price too boot!

    If you are looking for a 2-hand blank as cheap as possible that still is a decent casting rod, look at the Forecast 2-handers, which sell for $115.00 give or take a few dollars. But again, I would prefer to get the Meiser blanks for a few dollars more because they are much nicer, smoother casting rods. Besides, Meiser is a great guy and one of the true gentlemen in our sport.
     
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    forecast blanks= $58-81 depending on the model if you know where to look.
     
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    I cast the Legend Ultra 14' 8/9 at the Clearwater clave. The line on it was the S/A Short Spey 8/9. I thought it was a fantastic combination. :cool:
     

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