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|Originator: Barry||Date: 9/12/2001 3:03 PM|
I recently purchased the St. Croix 13' 7/8wt spey and was asked to give a review of the rod.
Last fall at Rob Estlund's "Spey Days" I got a chance to try one of the 1st ones built . They were not even available for sale and only 3 existed at the time. It was love at first cast and after a long wait I had mine custom ordered and shipped to my home from the factory.
I purcased this rod specificly to fish the Lake Michigan tributaries near my home. The cost of the rod (around $240.00 U.S.) is very affordable. It is a 3 piece and it comes with a nice cordura covered rod tube. The finish is very nice with quality cork and a brown blank. Rod wraps were nice as well and I did not spot a blemish or bubble anywhere in the finish.
This rod has what I would call a "medium" action. I have heard others say that the rod is too soft or slow. Everyone has their opinions and I tend to disagree with that one. It loads progressively down the blank and works well whether I am casting short with just the tip or loading it up for a shot across the river. I am still searching for the "perfect" line to use with it. Yesterday I went out with a Windcutter 9/10/11 that I normally use on my 14 footer. This tends to be too much line for this rod. I did find however that if I shortened things up by about 7-10 ft. the rod loaded well and I was able to cast just fine. I borrowed a DT9F and this line worked very well. I'm also going to try to get a hold of a DT10F and compare. A friend of mine gave this rod a thorough workout with a Windcutter 8/9/10 and told me that the line worked wonderfully. I have not tried using any shooting heads or sink tips with this rod. Where I fish there is no real need for it.
Overall I would give this rod high marks for my purposes as a summer to fall dry line rod. Performance is great and the price is very affordable. This is one rod I would recommend to anyone. I'm glad I purchased it.
|Originator: rodwavr||Date: 9/13/2001 4:45 AM|
Thanks for the report. It was everything I wanted to hear. I'll be buying one in the not too distant future.
|Originator: Barry||Date: 9/13/2001 6:09 AM|
Glad I could help. Hope you enjoy yours as much as I enjoy mine.
|Originator: Barry||Date: 10/21/2001 1:48 PM|
Just a quick update.....I was using a 8/9/10 windcutter this weekend on the rod and to be quite honest I thought it worked just as well as the 9/10/11. If I would have used either one without trying the other, I would say the line (either) was a perfect match for the rod. I know that sounds a bit odd. I have been using my 9/10/11 windcutter (from my 14 footer) as a stand-in until I get a new reel. I just keep the back taper inside the tip by about 7 feet and everything works great. When I tried the 8/9/10, I didn't notice any difference. Now that new reel will have a 9/10/11 multi tip spooled on. I'll put a DT10F on the spare spool and leave the other 9/10/11 on the old reel. this way I'll have 3 lines and 2 reels that will work on both my 13 and 14 footer.
|Originator: Burlap||Date: 10/29/2001 10:11 PM|
I just purchased this rod as I have the 14' and 15' also. Try the Wulff TT 9. I found this loads the rod very well and this distance is very good.
Barry (aka Burlap)
|Originator: Barry||Date: 12/11/2001 4:37 AM|
I actually ended up getting a WC 8/9/10 for the 13 footer. I couldn't beat the price. (Thanks Jim!!) It's the straight WC not the multi tip. Where I fish I don't really need the tips. The airflow poly leaders do just fine and cast beautifully to boot.
"the other" Barry
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