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Old 03-07-2011, 09:14 PM
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Default Which one of these three would you pick?

Which 8' 4wt would you pick if you had to pick one of these four?

Cortland Brook Trout
St. Croix Imperial
Echo Carbon
Redington Classic Trout

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Old 03-07-2011, 09:32 PM
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The only one I can voice for its the St. Croix. I dont know the other two but for the price you not going to beat the quality of a st croix in my opinion.
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Default Re: Which one of these three would you pick?

I too will throw in a good word for the St. Croix. My first rod is an older entry-level St. Croix and I still use it to this day. Warranty is great. Price is not bad either at $200 for the 4wt 4 piece.
However, I'll also throw one in for the Classic Trout. Hard to beat the warranty and the price, a little better at $150 for 4wt 4 piece.
The main difference would be in the action of the rods. The St. Croix is not really a super fast rod, imo, but it does lean more to the faster end of the spectrum. The Redington is more of a med action.
Best thing you can do is to try and cast each rod you're interested in and see which one fits best.
Sorry I can't add much about the other rods.
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Whichever one matches your stroke the best is the one you want.

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My first rod was a 4wt 7'6" imperial. I really like that rod, quick, responsive and enough backbone for fighting larger fish. I have no experience with the others.
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Default Re: Which one of these three would you pick?

I've handled the Carbon and the Classic Trout, but cast neither. Both are very well built, and I actually plan to pick up a CT in a 5wt here pretty soon. I have owned an Echo rod in the past, and it was a great rod, albeit fast. I've heard that the Carbon is a very fast rod, and doesn't have much "feeling" to it (think pool cue). I've also heard the opposite of the CT, and everyone who uses one seems to love it.
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i own the echo carbon in 9ft 5wt.... sweeeeeet rod.
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Default Re: Which one of these three would you pick?

The Imperial but that's just from reputation and experience. I'm sure they are all good rods but I prefer made in the USA.
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I own a CT in a 9' 5wt and it's my go to 5WT. I hear great things about ST. Croix but don't own one as of yet...
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Default Re: Which one of these three would you pick?

I have an inperial 7' 3wt and I love it. I just dont think you can beat this rod for the price.
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