September 16, 2013
Well let me preface by saying that I just got the rod so I haven't used it extensively. But I will comment on my first impressions. The rod looks good. grip is comfortable, tip is just the right stiffness for me. The finish matches perfectly with my penn spinfisher v- which is not a big deal by a nice happy coincidence. The rod casts well- on a recent trip in the back bay I had to slow my cast down because they were going too far with little effort. About the only thing I don't like about the rod is that all the guides are on the top section of the rod. I noticed other St Croix rods are the same way (if not all) and I get that it is for that 1 piece feel- but I like having a guide on the lower half- makes breaking the rod down for transport and storage a little easier- but I did just pick up a rod rack for my truck so I will only have to break it down when I get home so I can live with it.
Pros:all stated above