#6-tie St. Croix Legend Elite SW 9 foot #8 $490.00
Here is one of my favorite saltwater rods. It simply does everything well. The action is about perfect, with lots of butt and mid–section power and a soft tip that helps this rod give nice accurate presentations at all distances. St. Croix developed their own new FRS nano-resin system that they feel is even better than the 3M silica matrix used in the past. In tests the FRS has produced even tougher rods than ones using the 3M nano-resin.
The most impressive thing about this rod is the price. Here’s your leader in the mid-price category. The Hardy Zephrus is close to $700 and it’s built in Korea. The Legend Elite is $200 less and it’s built right here in Park Falls, Wisconsin.
This is a very attractive rod, finished in a dark blue with slightly lighter blue wraps trimmed in silver. A very comfortable full wells grip is used with extremely high quality cork. The reel seat is anodized aluminum, double uplocking ring seat. A short fighting butt is used with a nice rubber butt cap. The guide set up is two SiC stripping guides and the rest very large diameter hard chrome snake guides that will pass all but the worst tangles.
George’s casting notes:
Performance at 35 feet: 19 points out of 20
Nice accuracy and very good feel, just a lot heavier in swing weight and not as pleasant in close as the Meridian or Helios 2.
Performance at 60 feet: 19.5 points out of 20
Very good loop control was giving me nearly as good performance as the NRX with terrific accuracy. These mid distances are the sweet spot for this rod.
Performance at 80 feet: 19.5 points out of 20
Tracks beautifully, allowing me to form nice tight loops. And overall excellent performance.
Performance at 100 feet: 19.5 points out of 20
This rod will hit 100 feet with ease, but with not quite the authority of the NRX.
#3 St. Croix Legend Elite Saltwater 9’#8 $490 77.25/80
The St. Croix Legend Elite truly is legend worthy. In every shootout we've had it has been a solid finisher, especially when you consider how much it costs. I think a lof of it has to do with the rod's design, craftsmanship quality, and nano-resin construction. Take a look at the Legend Elite's deflection and you'll see a rod with a stiff butt and mid secion and a fast, soft tip. This is a rod with backbone, but also a rod with finesse. You simply can't beat it for the money AND it's made in Park Falls, WI.
Performance at 35 feet: 19.5 points out of 20 Great feel. This is an awesome rod, always has been one of our favorites.
Performance at 60 feet: 19.75 points out of 20 This rod is really FUN to cast, it has plenty of power and tons of feel.
Performance at 80 feet: 19.5 points out of 20 Timing is starting to play more of a role and I have to concentrate just a little harder to get it done. Still, when I do well the rod does well, nearly perfect!
Hit the Hun? 19 points out of 20 Yes! Doable, even in a stiff breeze.
Capt. Jamie Allen:
#4 St. Croix Legend Elite
A little heavier 4.7oz. Another great price point rod $490. Good heavy duty salt water hardware. Although slightly heavy it performed well. Good power at distance and nice accuracy.
Capt. Skip Zink:
#3 (tie) St. Croix Legend Elite SW 58.5/60
Great range of power, tight loops with good balance and feel. 100ft cast no problem.