Re: thinking to venture to the ultralight rod category
If you want to go really small, there's the TFO Finesse Half Weight - 5', $160. This is, from my measurement, a 1 wt.
St Croix has the Imperial 6' 2 wt, $170. However, in one of the shootouts and by my own measurement this is really a 1 wt rod.
I have both.
The TFO has slip rings for the reel holder. The St Croix has screw type.
Weights - TFO 1.3 oz; Imperial 1.8 oz.
Both work well with 1 wt line.
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