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Old 02-14-2012, 11:32 AM
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Hi Folks,
Has anyone had experience with the St. Croix 8' 4wt Imperial fly rod? I'm looking for a starter rod for small streams and ponds for my grandson and like the idea that the Imperial is still made in the U.S.A.
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Old 02-14-2012, 11:44 AM
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Had one, great rod for the money! The 804 is fun to fish for sure and should be a good started rod. It has a good mod/fast action that will let your grandson feel the rod load on casts. I used SA's Lefty Kreh 4wt line on it and it worked great. I only sold the rod because I found a great deal on a few Scott rods that I realy like too. I would suggest this rod to anyone looking for a small stream rod that wil do both nymphs and drys with ease. The build quality is good too, nice cork, good looking reel seat and the brown almost "tigers eye" looking blank is nice to look at. I had a Bauer MSL .5 on it and the combo was very comfortable to fish all day, the light weight reel realy complimented the light weight of the rod. I say get one, you wont be dissapointed and he will learn on a great rod that will last a lifetime. I still have my 9' 4/5 wt Imperial I got when I was 13/14, and it is stil a great rod that I plan on passing to my son/grandson.

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Old 02-14-2012, 11:50 AM
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Are the Imperials made in the USA? I thought they were designed in the US and made in Mexico. If it makes a difference to you, you may want to read the fine print.

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Thats news to me.... I was under the impression they were made here.
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Old 02-14-2012, 12:45 PM
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I checked the St Croix web site and they say they are made in the U.S.A. I confirmed that with my local fly shop. I was told that they had trouble getting set up in Mexico and decided to build them at home in Park Falls, Wisconsin. I don't know if that will continue, but as of now they are USA made.
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I have that exact rod... it is great. It roll casts beautifully and is a solid distance caster. The presentation is pretty nice as well. I think St. Croix is a seriously underated company in terms of fly rod quality.
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I have a new Imperial 9' 5wt. Considering the price point, it's a fine rod. Casts well, and the hardware, and fit and finish are very good. However, they are definitely a fast action rod... so you have to like that trait in a rod.

I have several other St. Croix rods... they make good stuff.
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Old 02-20-2012, 02:04 PM
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Default Re: Comments on St Croix 8' 4wt Imperial fly rod

Thanks for all the good feedback. I did get to cast this rod and it seems to be everything you all say. My local fly shop has some that were built last year, so perhaps I can get one that was still made in the USA before they got the Mexico factory up and running. I'm not sure that would be a big problem anyway in terms of rod quality, but I do like to buy US products when possible.

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