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    Default St. Croix Imperial Fly Rods

    For the 2009 Season St. Croix has re released the Imperial fly rods. I was wondering has anyone heard anything about them yet, or has used the old Imperial fly rods.

    I was looking for a good 4wt fly rod. I love the legend elite fly rods but cannot justify buying a $420 rod these days.

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    Default Re: St. Croix Imperial Fly Rods

    I have a 7'6" Imperial 4wt, and it's a great rod. It the last model year that
    St. Croix made, and I bought it on close-out. Much more attractive than the
    newer models (I don't like that knurled reel seat ring). I had mine in the
    classifieds here, but you should be able to find one on ebay without much
    trouble. I'm using an 8'6" 4wt right now, so I might put the Imperial back
    on the block if you're interested.

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    Hi to all,

    This is going to be an interesting rod. Apparently it doesn't use the IPC (Integrated Poly Curve) or the ART (Advanced Reinforcing Technology) that is used in the Elite and Ultra. The Avid does use the IPC. So I am betting, but don't know, that the taper is like the Old Imperial. BUT, they are using a combination of SCIV and SCII graphite. They are calling it a fast action rod and I don't think the older Imperial had a fast action. I guess we will have to wait until we get a report from some who has cast one.

    One other thing I noticed on their WEB page. All of the other St Croix rods that are made in America say: Built in the USA. With the Imperial they say: Made in North America. So it may be made in some place other than the USA. It is a $100 cheaper than an Avid.

    St Croix Imperial

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    I read somewhere that St. Croix moved its "offshore" production facility from Asia to Mexico, hence the "Made in North America" label.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Laurel Fork View Post
    I read somewhere that St. Croix moved its "offshore" production facility from Asia to Mexico, hence the "Made in North America" label.
    It's the truth. I have an older Imperial and what I learned on (not that I'm not learning anymore, still moving forward). What distresses me the most is that you can't buy one in 2wt.

    Has anyone looked into a comparison of the old Reign to the new Imperials?
    It's not the heat, it's the stupidity.
    What manner of jackassery will I be subjected to today?

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    I talked with a close friend of mine who has a prodeal with st. croix with regular rods and got his hand on a new Imperial. He basically said the new ones are not worth it. I would be better off saving my pennies and buying an avid or legend elite.

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    I test casted an imperial and i hated it. I tested the avid and i loved it. No comparrison for an extra C-note

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    I bit the dust and bought a Legend Elite Fly Rod.

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    I have an older 7' 3-4wt. Imperial. I have only thrown 4wt. lines on it but it is great for small streams. I can't comment on the new models.

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    I casted a new model of the imperial, its a nice rod for the price.

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