Re: St Croix Avid 7ft 9in?
First, I don't have an Avid in the #3 or #4, but I do have one in #6 and I love it. The reason I'm responding to your UL question is this: I think the Avid is one of the more under-appreciated rod series out there. To me they have a great combination of finesse and strength. My #6 9' is quite light, but has a lot of strength in the lower part for fighting fish or casting heavy rigs. It has a nice soft tip and a sweet progressive action to about 2/3 of the way down the rod, then it has a very strong butt. If the lighter line wt rods have the same kind of action I think you'll be in business. I would definitely try to cast the Avid in your UL weights, see if it has a strong enough butt for your application. The Avid has a slower graphite than some of the other rods out there, which makes it a very smooth, but capable caster and a fun rod to catch fish on.