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    Has anyone cast the St Croix Legend Elite saltwater rod in a 6 weight? I've cast the 8 weight with a 250 and 300 grain sinking line. Its a beautiful 8 weight and casts a sinking line quite well. I was just wondering how the 6 weight did casting streamers.

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    I like that rod very much. I recently started using a 7wt for streamers but prior to that, the St. Croix stick worked very well. Its a faster rod but not super fast, light in hand with good balance. Hard to go wrong.

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    Quote Originally Posted by db cooper View Post
    I like that rod very much. I recently started using a 7wt for streamers but prior to that, the St. Croix stick worked very well. Its a faster rod but not super fast, light in hand with good balance. Hard to go wrong.
    Don't know about the Legend Elite, but was thinking the same thing about their Imperial line. Their blank design seems spot on.
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    Excellent rod.

    Randy

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    Would the 6 weight version (ESW906.4) be versatile enough to cast dries/nymphs to trout, small poppers/streamers to bass, as well as small clousers/deceivers to smaller saltwater species?

    I'm looking for a good, do-it-all kind of 6 weight, and this one seems like a good candidate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by noreaster View Post
    Don't know about the Legend Elite, but was thinking the same thing about their Imperial line. Their blank design seems spot on.
    I thought the same thing about the Imperial, especially since the 4 and 5's were so good. I have no idea what they did to the #6 Imperial, but it is a dud. Feels nothing like the rest of the lineup.

    I have a freshwater #8 and it's a great rod and I would buy the #6 fresh for everything... but streamers. The tip is just too soft for chucking anything bigger than a #6 or with a conehead. Same goes for the salt version. Reason being is the difference between the fresh and salt versions of the LE is the salt has more power in the butt, but the top 2/3 of the rod are very similar.

    Now the St Croix Bankrobber on the other hand...but it is a pure streamer rod.

    For what you are asking of a 6wt in medium-fast action I would try to cast a Loop Evotec. I got to throw the 5wt version around a couple of months back and found it to be a very versatile taper. I am considering the 696 model as a nymph and streamer boat rod.

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    Are the Legend Elites really fast action, similar to a Sage, or are they more of a medium to medium/fast action, when compared with some of the other true fast action rods out there?

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    Quote Originally Posted by nosajwp View Post
    Are the Legend Elites really fast action, similar to a Sage, or are they more of a medium to medium/fast action, when compared with some of the other true fast action rods out there?
    I have cast mine side by side with my buddy's Sage XI3. The XI3 is fast, the LE is medium fast. Not comparing it to Sage I would call it "fast light", kinda like the Winston B3X is "fast for winston". Either way a very enjoyable rod series and I really, really hope they start making 10ft versions for steelhead!

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    Any idea how the LE might compare to a Sage Xi2, or perhaps a Scott STS, SES, or S3S?

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    I have a Legend Elite #9 and it is a nice casting, reasonably fast rod that I can't say a bad thing about except, somehow, it does not get voted into a compact travel quiver...there is always something with more "personality". Now, I don't own one but I have test cast a #6 "Bankrobber"; that rod is a streamer thrower's streamer thrower.

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