I have an LST rod, and think its fantastic, and a very good deal. I firmly believe that Cabelas products are almost always among the best bang for the buck in their segments. Any time problems are reported with their products they not only offer great service, but usually they promptly come up with a replacement product and discontinue the faulty or poor one. They are huge, and therefore have some serious faults, but they also have a massive resource base from which to pull and offer good products and definitely get it right sometimes.
Wow I feel like a cabelas whore now. I better bash them in a few of my next posts.
Cabelas told me just a week or two ago that Loomis still makes the SLi. St. Croix makes all the others that say "Made in the USA". Not sure exactly which ones this includes such as PT, FT, LST (read the catalog or web-site). If it isn't the SLi or the one's that say "Made in USA" then they are made overseas.
I am no authority, this is just what they told me directly.
I was told by an individual that wishes to remain anonymous (an acquaintance and employee of Loomis) that they make the SLi for Cabelas. I have one in a 5wt and it is an outstanding rod for the dollar.