I really want to thank you last time for the feedback you guys provided me. It really helped with my buying decisions.
Unfortunately, the gear monkey is back again, and I can’t shake him off.
I’ve read a really good article on TackleTour on the St. Croix Legend Elite 7’ medium power fast action casting rod giving it a stellar review found here: http://www.tackletour.com/reviewstcroix ... c70mf.html.
I know that the review found on that article is pretty in-depth and goes into a lot of detail, and I know that it is given by a credible source. However, I want to hear some reviews by the members here as well. I’ve scoured a lot of sites to see user reviews and did not find much. There were only three reviews on TackleWarehouse. If any of you own the latest rendition of the St. Croix Legend Elite of any model in the line, I’d love to hear from you.
I already own a good amount of St. Croix rods, and I’m well aware that their build quality is superb. However, I’m really curious how the latest Legend Elite’s sensitivity compares to the equivalent G. Loomis rods. I’ve heard that the sensitivity isn’t quite on par with NRX. People say it’s more in between the IMX and GLX in terms of sensitivity. For reference, I own latest GLX rods, and I actually own the previous model St. Croix Legend Elite rods albeit two piece salmon steelhead rods. Not saying it’s not sensitive, but I don’t think the Legend Elite rods come anywhere close to how sensitive as my GLX rods are. However, at the same time, I don’t think it’s a fair comparison because they are two piece rods, so it’s not an apples to apples comparison.
Secondly, I’m also interested in getting a new spinning rod as well. There was another really good article on TackleTour that also gave stellar reviews of their 7’ MLF spinning rod: http://www.tackletour.com/reviewstcroixles70mlf.html. Can this rod a hold a candle to the Conquest 842 SJR? How is the power on this rod as I know St. Croix runs a little heavier that what they rate. Is it closer to a medium or is it a true medium light? Any user input on this rod would be greatly appreciated!
The Pond King
I will add that the only knock I find with the Legend X, and possibly the latest Legend Elite offering, is St. Croix's use of the small guide train. Fantastic guides, ones I've often had put on my custom inshore and shore rods, but to d*** small for my love of braid to leader style of fishing in both environments. If they ran at least 5's down to tip instead of the 4's, I'd not be making this comment.
I have the old brown blank and reel seats ones when I first got it.
The Legend Elite has always been a straight multi purpose rod for me. I use it for anything. For myself the one thing that I appreciate it better than most other rods I've used it the ability of the Legend Elite to control fish in my hands. I just simply did not need to look for anything beyond that feel.
My opinion is the SC Legend Elite rods are squarely on par with the GLX models I have fished. That’s with full RECoils on all those GLX models, which I think is about the most sensitive guide train you can fish. I would venture my conjecture that if you were to slap a full RECoil guide set on a SCV blank like the old Xtreme series used to be, they would be slightly more sensitive than GLX’s w/SiC guides. Totally my conjecture there, though.
NRX is in a league of its own, in terms of sensitivity. I just couldn’t stand the builds. The Legend Elite models prior to current are my favorite ergonomically and that is what I’m fishing these days. If I could put the previous model handle on the current builds with the Torzites, and yes upsize the tip to sz. 5’s, freeze-up for me, they would be perfect.
I personally do not think you can miss a subtle take using a SC Legend Elite instead of a NRX or GLX. I will say, they all do transmit differently. NRX is way different, but in a good / interesting way. I find the Legend Elite line up more versatile across the line-up as well, but I gravitate more to the walleye / pike end of the multi-species spectrum with these rods.
I really like SC’s various blank tapers for Walleye, Bass, Pike, etc., including their 8’-6” various Salmon/Steelhead blanks, but for pike/light musky applications. I much prefer G.Loomis’ blank tapers for Salmon and Steelhead applications. Funny how those play specifically to the wheelhouses’ of each manufacturer...
Good taste sir. Those two blanks cover so very much of what I adore doing for my smallies (except top water). I’ve got no reason to look elsewhere for my smallie endeavors “for feel” and they’re the only fish I pursue. Paired with a couple Stella FJ’s and a couple Exsence I’m happy. It’s all in the hands of the user of course.
I did the same getting rid of my top end spin fleet in favor of them. I’m done searching. Life’s good.
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