Product Reviews

St. Croix Legend Ultra (the new one)
by James Castwell

"I can't believe you guys did that," I said to Paul. "You mean to tell me that you took the engineering developed for the Legend Elite and brought it down to the Ultra?" That is exactly what he told me they did, and he should know, he runs St. Croix. I had him on the phone and was double-checking before I wrote this. They had been working on it, he said, (IPC) technology, "for over three years and when we finally perfected it, used on the top of the line rod, the Legend Elite."

Then they did the remarkable thing, they also dropped it down to the next rod in their line, the famous Legend Ultra. Some years back St. Croix decided it was time for a guy to be able to buy a darn good fly rod and not have to use a mortgage payment for it. The result was the Legend Ultra, a fine fast action fly rod for a medium price.

The market was open for an even faster stick and the Legend Elite was produced to fill that slot. It cost more due to the type of graphite used in the scrim but, it was light and fast. Just what the market had asked for and still at a fairly reasonable price. But the point here is the new Legend Ultra using IPC (integrated poly curve) technology and a fiberglass scrim which makes for a slightly less fast rod and at a much lower price.

For the average fly-fisher and caster, I feel that the Legend Ultra is a better choice. If you are into fast rods, and I mean really fast rods, then the Legend Elite may be the rod for you, but the overall castability of the new Legend Ultra, I think will fit far more of us. Fast-plus rods are speciality rods for specific situations and narrowly defined fishing conditions. The Legend Ultra is able to cast with finesse at a wider range of distances and conditions.

I took a nine foot, eight weight to the Bahamas a few weeks back and had a good chance to try it under a wide range of conditions, (high wind and presenting flies from fifteen feet to seventy). Will it pitch a fly into the teeth of a hurricane? A wind of thirty five or better and lay it down a gently as a whisper? Good grief man, heck no! Show me that rod and I will buy it, but, did it perform everything I asked of it? Certainly it did. If I hadn't thought it would do the job I wouldn't have taken it all the way down there.

Like they say in the Bahamas, "No problem mon." The rod does what it is supposed to do and at a very fair price. St. Croix; nice going. ~ JC

St. Croix of Park Falls, Ltd.
856 4th Avenue North
P.O. Box 279
Park Falls, WI 54552-1000
Call 1-800-826-7042 for the location of your nearest dealer.

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