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    Default New Rod from St. Croix ... "Highbank drifter"

    I was thoughoughly impressed with the new products from St. Croix for next year. I was able to get a taste of trying out a 2012 9.5 ft 5 wt "highbank drifter" from St Croix (looks like the bank robber).. I am a very new person to fly fishing (first time) so I spent the majority of the time learning mends, casts, and drifts from a great teacher. But this rod made it soo easy to learn... I was catching 12-15" grayling consistently&nbsp; like no other. They also have created a ?laser etched/engraved? orange tipped line (instead of the sticker) that makes it incredibly easy to tell when the fish bite. Not that I'll ever be able to afford a wonderful rod like this anytime in the near future, but it's certainly on my wish list. actually any rod and reel is on my wish list, this rod has made me want to learn more about&nbsp; fly fishing, . <img src="images/smilies/top.gif" alt="" title="Top Job!" smilieid="22" class="inlineimg" border="0"><img src="images/smilies/top.gif" alt="" title="Top Job!" smilieid="22" class="inlineimg" border="0"><img src="images/smilies/aetsch.gif" alt="" title="nyanya!" smilieid="29" class="inlineimg" border="0">

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    I have not heard of that model, but I did recently get a 7 wt Bankrobber. Sweet stick and I look forward to swinging flies with it on the upper next week. This rod has some serious backbone and cast the sink tip lines very well. St Croix indeed has some exciting new models to choose from.
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    St. Croix has made awesome rods for years! I ordered an Avid in 7wt for the trip on the 19th and was never billed and it never showed up! I called them today and they said that they didn't have them in stock! I'm glad I called. I ordered the legend ultra and hope and pray it gets here before I leave on the 7th! I've heard nothing but good info on the avids, I hope the legend ultra's are better, they better be!

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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnSWA View Post
    St. Croix has made awesome rods for years! I ordered an Avid in 7wt for the trip on the 19th and was never billed and it never showed up! I called them today and they said that they didn't have them in stock! I'm glad I called. I ordered the legend ultra and hope and pray it gets here before I leave on the 7th! I've heard nothing but good info on the avids, I hope the legend ultra's are better, they better be!
    I have both a 4wt Avid and 7wt Legend Ultra. Both are sweet rods. The legend ultra is my go too Kenai and Steelie rod. The Avid roll casts so well and is my go to when not fishing big fish. Cant go wrong with either. Tell you this, that 7wt Legend Ultra can handle Kings!
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    Of all my rods, my old faithful legend ultra 6wt is one of my favorites. Bought Carrie an 8 wt last month and will use it on middle river silvers on Sept 10th. Awesome rods and were $100 off at Cabelas recently. Perhaps sold out by now.
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    No doubt you'll like the new Croix. Been using their gear for years. My go-to is a 9' 6wt Legend Elite and I love it. Although it got stepped on and broke this past Sat. No worries, lifetime warranty. Send it in and get a new one.
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    not a big fan of St. Croix, I do have 2 of their rods, both flex to much for my liking, or have a "soft" feeling to them.....for me.
    I like my rod stiff, lots of back bone, may take away from feeling or sensitivity, but I just don't like the hole rod to woble every time I move my hand. Best 2 rods that fit this for me was Sage, and Drake. And even to this day I have heard very little about Drake, most places have never heard of them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kenaibow fan View Post
    I like my rod stiff.





    As for St Croix rods being "soft", depends on the model you bought of course. Same goes for Scott, Sage, Winston,etc.. The St Croix Legend Ultra is not a soft rod, nor is the Bankrobber or Legend Elite. All these companies make fast, medium fast, medium, actions for a reason. Just depends on your application as to decide which model is most appropriate.
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    Quote Originally Posted by danattherock View Post




    As for St Croix rods being "soft", depends on the model you bought of course. Same goes for Scott, Sage, Winston,etc.. The St Croix Legend Ultra is not a soft rod, nor is the Bankrobber or Legend Elite. All these companies make fast, medium fast, medium, actions for a reason. Just depends on your application as to decide which model is most appropriate.


    My Legend Elite is anything but soft. Plenty of backbone (have landed many pesky reds on it) and a fast tip. Not knocking any of the other brands, just have to get one that fits the situation like dan said.
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    Well the 9wt I have is a Legend ultra...........the 6wt is an avid I think, not sure as it is an older model, both are fast action, and IMO like I said they are "soft".

    Dan how did I know you were going to bust me on that one............LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by kenaibow fan View Post
    Well the 9wt I have is a Legend ultra...........the 6wt is an avid I think, not sure as it is an older model, both are fast action, and IMO like I said they are "soft".

    Dan how did I know you were going to bust me on that one............LOL
    I have an 8 wt. Legend Ultra and it is plenty fast and stiff. Very interesting.

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    Not a St. Croix fan. Never had one that felt good in my hand. Cast fine, a little loose, and overpriced IMO.

    Now Winstons- theres a "soft" rod. Every time I hold one I feel like I'm holding a **** spaghetti noodle. Every single winston I have cast has been slow and soft and I feel like I have to *****foot around with it.

    I wouldn't mind trying out that highbank though.. Mike have one in the shop??? Anybody know?
    Coupled with some Airflo 40+, could double as a single handed switch/spey set up perhaps.

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    Do I need a 7wt Highbank Drifter for the palooza? Is the Highbank drifter a switch rod? George Riddle was gonna point me in the right direction but he won't be back soon enough. Can I get one in Ak? I'm serious, I broke my 6-wt, all I have is a 10wt and a 4wt.





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    Seems folks use anything from 5 wt to 7 wt on the upper for fall dollies and bows. General consensus, based on older threads and what many seem to fish, a 9.5' or 10' seven wt is a pretty awesome all around rainbow rod for the Kenai. But many prefer 5 wt and 6 wt rods as well. Some like 9' rods, some 9.5', and some like the 10 footers. For bead fishing specifically, the longer rods may be of some utility as they help with mending. As for action, can't see where a fast action rod helps with bead fishing. I would lean towards medium action personally if bead fishing was the goal. More of a flip or roll cast employed as opposed to a lot of false casting and trying for distance. If I were out buying a rod now, I would pick one that I will use most in other situations and make it work for the bead fishing on the upper. Lots of options that still hang within the parameters above, which are of course just a casual observation of my own.



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    The highbank drifters are not available to the public yet Fullbush,.. but the next best thing Im assuming is the bankrobber.. (if your serious)

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    The 7 wt Bankrobber I got a few months back is one of the sweetest sticks I have bought.


    Someone did their homework on this one. A bit futuristic for St Croix, but I am digging it.


    This rod was made for swinging leeches on sink tips.


    Can't wait to put her to the test next week.

















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    Quote Originally Posted by ret25yo View Post
    The highbank drifters are not available to the public yet Fullbush,.. but the next best thing Im assuming is the bankrobber.. (if your serious)
    Dang straight I'm serious!

    Quote Originally Posted by danattherock View Post

    This rod was made for swinging leeches on sink tips.


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    Ok this is what bugs me about this sport, I have to have a different rod for fishing different flies? Then an entirely different one for beads? I'm not dissing you guys that are all into your rod collections, its just that I'm a simpleton and don't have the desire to have to pick which rod I'm gonna use for different conditions. Is the Bankrobber a switch rod? I do know I want a 7wt switch rod, Ive never owned a switch rod but I hear they perform better than conventional. Now lets talk sink tips... I have a reel w/ sink tip but was told that if I'm gonna bead fish I need a floating line, so I went out and bought another Ross w/ floating line. I literally knocked some serious boots when I finally figured out how to bead fish. Do you always use sink tip on the kenai Dan? All this friggn technology has my head spinning and makes me want to say fuggit and cure some roe. Really bud don't get annoyed w/ me for asking these questions cause I'm compelled to do this right!





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    Ok. I am serious. All you need is the 4 wt. with floating line. I've needed more than that on the upper. I am a gear junkie and I find myself going back to the 4 wt. most. I will throw the 6 wt. only because I have one not because I need it.

    Quote Originally Posted by fullbush View Post
    Do I need a 7wt Highbank Drifter for the palooza? Is the Highbank drifter a switch rod? George Riddle was gonna point me in the right direction but he won't be back soon enough. Can I get one in Ak? I'm serious, I broke my 6-wt, all I have is a 10wt and a 4wt.

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