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St Croix Imperial?

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I think I've found a decent deal one of these, 5wt 8'6". I'm sure its better than what I am currently using, but is there anything I should know before I buy this?

Posted on: 2013/5/10 14:13


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I use a 9' 5wt that's about 5 years old. The only problem I had was one of the snake guides came loose, but the shop where it was purchased took care of it.

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I have one. It's not my favorite rod in my lineup. But I got it cheap, I do like it's action, and it fills a niche. Fills a gap I had in my arsenal. There are nearby streams where it's the go-to.

Posted on: 2013/5/10 14:33


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The older models with the brown blank that came out in the late 90's or so are the wobbly models with soft, progressive action, at least my 9 ft 3/4 is like that. The newer burgundy models are higher modulus and are said to be much faster, and likely lighter in the hand. Haven't cast one. If you get it report back. Not sure it makes much difference, but when the newer burgundy model first came out, it was made in Mexico. Now I think they make them in WI and the less expensive blue blank model, whatever they call it now, is made south of the border.

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I have a six foot 2 wt version in this rod and love it. Cast great. but the action from the 2 weight to the five weight changes drastically.

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Mine is burgundy, and the action is pretty quick. Not SUPER fast, but crisp and quick. It doesn't have that "canon" feel like some rods, though. I tend to overpower my casts, and when I have a decent amount of line out, it just doesn't feel like it has a ton of power.

Quick and pleasant without a whole lot of power is how I would describe it.

Posted on: 2013/5/10 19:03


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The one I am looking at is burgundy, not brown. Since I've only really used one rod so far, I'm not sure I'm educated enough to report back and be able to describe it accurately. I am using a Berkley rod now with a Shakespeare reel that a very nice person from Craigslist gave to me when I bought something else. It has to be better than that. And if I end up not liking it much, I can always sell it and get something else.

Its pretty crazy I didn't give a damn about fishing at all for the last 20 years and now its my favorite thing to do. I was stressed this afternoon stuck in traffic trying to make it somewhere before they closed. Then I got to the stream and immediately after I got in the water some kids started throwing rocks. I wanted to drown them. 15 minutes later I was lost in bliss.

Posted on: 2013/5/10 20:26


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I have the 7' 3# Imperial. I purchased it last year and love it. It's very light with a smooth action. It's my go to rod for small stream fishing. Made in the USA and great warranty!

Posted on: 2013/5/10 20:43


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I have the an 8'6" 5wt. Over all a decent rod to start on, but I found I prefer a rod that is a bit slower. Has a decent punch to it, good for getting some streamers where you want. How good of a deal are you getting if you don't mind me asking. I paid around $80 for mine.

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I have two of them. 8'6" 5wt and just bought a 9' 5wt on thursday. After breaking one of my redingtons. I really like my 8'6", perfect action for me. I will be taking the 9' out on its maiden voyage today. Even brand new the price isnt that bad.

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I have the an 8'6" 5wt. Over all a decent rod to start on, but I found I prefer a rod that is a bit slower. Has a decent punch to it, good for getting some streamers where you want. How good of a deal are you getting if you don't mind me asking. I paid around $80 for mine.


80$, Damn. I need to shop where you do.

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Ok so its not as good a deal as $80. But for $100 I'll still take it. The seller claims he only used it once or twice.

Phish_On, what kinda fish do you catch in the raging river where Rutherford drowned?

Posted on: 2013/5/11 12:55


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80$, Damn. I need to shop where you do.


An outdoor store with a small fly section was closing up, half off everything. Saw the chance and took it. I don't think I'll ever pay full price for a rod again, considering some of the deals I have got in the past. Besides maybe a higher end Winston.

$100 for an Imperial is still a good deal in my opinion. For my past two set ups I have waited on getting a discount for clearance items turning $400+ rigs into ~$200 rigs, with good line to. You can get very good gear that is still supported by the manufacture on the cheap quite often, but especially in the fall.

And to the OP, try it with 6wt line to. That is what mine is set up with and it does well.

Posted on: 2013/5/11 13:31


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Ok so its not as good a deal as $80. But for $100 I'll still take it. The seller claims he only used it once or twice.

Phish_On, what kinda fish do you catch in the raging river where Rutherford drowned?


The multibeast.

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So I picked up the Imperial, and I've got to use it a few times. I like it a lot and everything seems to have improved just from touching it. I can cast further, way more softly...the other rod the fly would hit like a stone...it seems really effortless compared to what I was using. Like it does more of the work for me.

Now I just need to figure out what reel I want.

Posted on: 2013/5/17 14:25



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