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    Ran across this brand new rod from St Croix today and ordered a 7 wt. Most stores don't have the rod in stock yet, but Fish USA has them in stock and also sells them through Amazon. Makes a nice birthday gift from the wife. Designed for streamer fishing, looks like a rod that could prove quite useful for various applications in Alaska. I will be using this rod in SE for steelhead in April. I just need to decide what color intruder to tie on the end of it. Looks like a rod that would be equally happy with an egg sucking leech or dolly llama attached on the end of a type III/IV sink tip. Being handmade in Wisconsin and having a lifetime warranty made this an easy purchase. Also, my St Croix Legend Ultra 6 wt is among my favorite fly rods. Curious to see how the "Bank Robber" compares.









    http://www.stcroixrods.com/product/bank-robber


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    http://www.troutsflyfishing.com/gear-reports.php?id=54




    Like an ancient energy source, anglers are drawn to Montana’s Madison River to feel the magic, soak in the camaraderie and learn the ways of the masters. Kelly Galloup would be high on the list of masters, especially when it comes to chucking honking meaty streamers at big fish. Our new Bank Robber™ fly rods are designed by Kelly and embody exactly what he’s looking for when it comes to pounding the bank with Zoo Cougars and Butt Monkeys. These two high-modulus / high-strain SCV graphite blanks reinforced with super high-modulus SCIV graphite in lower sections for added power are also two of the first St. Croix rods to feature NSi (Nano Silica), the innovative new 3M™ Matrix Resin.™ Combined with St. Croix’s proprietary ART™ and IPC® technology, the new Bank Robbers are two of the most advanced fly rods to be introduced in many years.


    Integrated Poly Curve® (IPC®) tooling technology.
    Advanced Reinforcing Technology™ (ART™).
    Super high-modulus SCVI graphite with NSi resin in lower section for added power with reduced weight. Featuring 3M™ Matrix Resin for unparalleled strength and durability.
    High-modulus/high-strain SCIV graphite with NSi resin and carbon-matte scrim. Featuring 3M™ Matrix Resin for unparalleled strength and durability.
    Designed with Kelly Galloup especially for streamer fishing.
    Slim-profile ferrules.
    One-piece performance in four-piece designs.
    Fuji® K stripper guides and MN top with Alconite® rings for tangle-free performance.
    Hard chrome snake guides.
    Machined-aluminum reel seat with built-in hook-keeper.
    Flora-grade cork handle.
    Two coats of Flex Coat slow-cure finish.
    Alignment dots.
    Rugged rod case with handle and divided polypropylene liner.
    Lifetime limited warranty backed by
    St. Croix Superstar Service.
    Designed and handcrafted in Park Falls, U.S.A.






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    You're killing me, Dan. I love my 8 wt St. Croix and have had excellent service from them in the past when I needed warranty service done. I'm trying to save some money these days...but man, I really want a 4 weight for grayling and small stream dollies. If my credit card bill is higher soon, I'll have my wife talk to you.

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    Actually, have her talk to my wife


    Funny thing happened. We are walking around World Wide Angler a few hours ago. I buy her a Kingpin centerpin reel and I am lusting over this Scott rod. It is $725 and the wife gives me "the look" so I swiftly and autonomously decide I really don't need the rod after all. It then hits her that tomorrow is my B'day. She is overridden with guilt being that I just dropped $400 on a reel for her and my B'day is tomorrow. She changed her tune quickly and tells me to buy whatever I want. Hot dang. So here I is, proud owner of a Bank Robber.


    Ha ha....



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    The BankRobber is a pretty sweet twig. Floyd Dean and I spent an hour with Kelly's personal 7wt at the SAC ISE show, we were both trying to throw a tailing loop (intentionally) with it, but we couldn't without some arm motions grossly inappropriate to flycasting. We were just throwing yarnies and a SA WF7 line with it, but the reserve power was more than enough to hit the backing knot anytime you felt like letting one rip.

    Besides being a powerful twig, it is a pretty accurate one too. Floyd and I both do the "Best of the West" accuracy competitions (in addition to Floyd being an AWESOME trick caster, look him up), and although we couldn't compete with the 7wt, we ran the course anyway and were pretty **** impressed with the soft touch of the rod - if you know how to make it go where you want it to, it will, with amazing regularity for a "competitively priced" 7wt.

    Kelly knocked it out of the park with this one. It is a great rod for throwing heavy junk accurately all day.

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    I knew I should have ordered two of them



    Thanks Mark.
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    Quote Originally Posted by G_Smolt View Post
    Kelly knocked it out of the park with this one. It is a great rod for throwing heavy junk accurately all day.
    He's also been working with Scientific Anglers to develop streamer lines that match his new Bank Robber rod... in case you're looking for a new line. Though, bear in mind, if you buy a Kelly Galloup rod and line... it doesnt mean you're ever gonna fish like the man. That dude is an animal!

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    For anyone interested in the rod, looks like they will be hard to come by. I ordered mine from Fish USA (via Amazon) yesterday as it appeared to be in stock. They emailed me today and said it would be mid April and then noted such on their website. I called St Croix and got production runs/times and Cabelas is getting an order next week. I cancelled my order from Fish USA and ordered one from Cabelas instead. The guy at St Croix said all production runs through June/July are already sold out. Looks like the quickest way to get one will be with Cabelas, who currently has a 1-2 week back order status.



    Backorder-Tentative arrival to Cabelas 03/18/11




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    Quote Originally Posted by G_Smolt View Post
    The BankRobber is a pretty sweet twig. Floyd Dean and I spent an hour with Kelly's personal 7wt at the SAC ISE show, we were both trying to throw a tailing loop (intentionally) with it, but we couldn't without some arm motions grossly inappropriate to flycasting. We were just throwing yarnies and a SA WF7 line with it, but the reserve power was more than enough to hit the backing knot anytime you felt like letting one rip.

    Besides being a powerful twig, it is a pretty accurate one too. Floyd and I both do the "Best of the West" accuracy competitions (in addition to Floyd being an AWESOME trick caster, look him up), and although we couldn't compete with the 7wt, we ran the course anyway and were pretty **** impressed with the soft touch of the rod - if you know how to make it go where you want it to, it will, with amazing regularity for a "competitively priced" 7wt.

    Kelly knocked it out of the park with this one. It is a great rod for throwing heavy junk accurately all day.
    Someday I dream to just carry your tackle box G. Just reading your ditty on flyrods gave me the warm fuzzys. I'm planning a late December Hoh trip w/ my Skagit Valley buddys I hope I run into you. Hey would the "Bankrobber" 8 wt be appropriate for olympic pen steel?

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    all this talk of chasing steel is starting to get to me!

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    Quote Originally Posted by fullbush View Post
    I'm planning a late December Hoh trip w/ my Skagit Valley buddys I hope I run into you. Hey would the "Bankrobber" 8 wt be appropriate for olympic pen steel?
    I don't think St. Croix is planning on putting out an 8wt it that model.

    If you are single-handing indicators and such, you should look into a switch rod if you don't already have one. Kick-ass line control, extra distance in rollcasting, and the backbone to battle big wild OP steel.

    I won't be on the Hoh again until 2012, late Feb. That is a beautiful flow, one that I always have a good time on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by G_Smolt View Post

    If you are single-handing indicators and such, you should look into a switch rod if you don't already have one. Kick-ass line control, extra distance in rollcasting, and the backbone to battle big wild OP steel.
    I didn't want to sound any dumber than I already do by asking you just exactly what the heck a switch rod is, so I googled it and this article came up and I found it pretty helpful so for you guys that are like me, too embarrassed to ask, I'll paste it http://www.itinerantangler.com/podca...itched_on.html
    Now then G, my next dilemma... the roll cast. I've never actually learned this particular maneuver and would sure like to learn it. Would somebody please volunteer to give me a tutorial for beer?


    sorry to hijack your thread Dan somebody had to!

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    The two loudest sounds known to man: a gun that goes bang when it is supposed to go click and a gun that goes click when it is supposed to go bang.

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    Mossy's has three in stock
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    I didn't realize they had made it to any stores. I will call Mike tomorrow. Thanks.



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    I heard they were pretty sweet! Dont buy them all!

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