Gear Review: St. Croix's Re-Designed Imperial Fly Rods

This week on MidCurrent, Robert Morselli reviews the re-launched line of Imperial fly rods from St. Croix. Morselli grabs a 5-weight and takes it on a mad dash of fishing for bass, trout, walleye, perch, pike and pompano.
Excerpt: “St. Croix has taken the cosmetic appeal and component design of the new Imperials very seriously. Notable upgrades include custom-designed reel seats, premium grade cork grips, and reel seats that fit intended use — rosewood and aluminum for freshwater, and anodized aluminum for salt. Again, these are probably features you’re accustomed to seeing on $500 rods but not often on rods under $200.”

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  • Joel Morsch

    I find it very interesting that the St. Croix Imperial line says “Handcrafted in North America” whereas the Legend Elite, Legend Ultra and Avid series all say “Handcrafted in the U.S.A.” I imagine this difference means that the Imperial series is made other than in the U.S.A. meaning perhaps Canada but more likely Mexico or Central America. Not a critique just looking at the words.