PARK FALLS, Wis. – St. Croix Rod has one guiding goal: to provide anglers with the rods that give them the upper hand in any fishing situation. So when anglers began requesting rods with increased sensitivity, instead of arguing that St. Croix rods were already the Best Rods on Earth, the engineers in Park Falls listened intently. They went to work performing sensitivity testing on all the rods in their expansive lineup. Ultimately, these painstaking exercises resulted in a repeatable and quantifiable method for measuring the sensitivity of each St. Croix rod.
“These efforts will pay dividends to all anglers,” says St. Croix Director of Marketing Jesse Simpkins, “by allowing us to make seemingly small changes to existing rod models and series that will return significant increases in performance.”
But there’s a lot more to this story. St. Croix’s sensitivity testing and measurement methodology has resulted in something else of great significance as well – something that simply must be fished to be completely understood and fully appreciated. It’s the first, outward example of St. Croix’s new obsession with sensitivity, and is likely to become the single most-significant new-product launch in the company’s 70-plus year history.
Keeping its promise to anglers, St. Croix Rod announces the next generation of Legend Xtreme rods. Launching at the 2020 Bassmaster Classic early next month, these highly advanced Xtremes are easily the most sensitive rods St. Croix has ever produced. St. Croix materials, technologies, engineering and craftsmanship have combined with Daiwa’s incredibly sensitive – and strong – AGSTM carbon fiber guides through an exclusive partnership. Put simply, the result is a heightened, highly sensitized fishing experience the likes of which anglers have never experienced before.
How does one describe the indescribable? Gavin Falk, St. Croix Rod Engineering Supervisor, lays it down like this: “These new Legend Xtreme rods use a strategic combination of unique components, materials and technologies in their blanks, guide trains and handles to maximize the energy transfer from the line to the rod and, ultimately, to the angler’s hands.” Of course, anglers will undoubtedly come up with their own creative descriptions and responses after they fish the new Legend Xtreme. Until then, read on … and set your expectations high.
A blank slate
The story of the new Legend Xtreme begins with the series’ incredibly sensitive blanks, which feature Integrated Poly Curve (IPC) mandrel technology and design for more refined powers and actions. IPC adds continuous tapers to eliminate “stepped” transition points to create blanks that are smoother, stronger and more sensitive than traditional designs. They also feature a new and improved version of St. Croix’s Advanced Reinforcing Technology (ART), a high-tensile high-modulus cross-grain material that reinforces the blank and allows for the use of less material while maintaining strength and decreasing weight.
Additionally, Taper Enhancement Technology (TET) blank design provides curved patterns for improved action with increased sensitivity. “We add a little bit of curvature to the patterns to refine the actions of the blanks even more … which is especially noticeable in the extra-fast models,” says Falk. “Taper Enhancement Technology makes these new rods even smoother.”
New Legend Xtreme rod blanks also feature St. Croix’s most exotic blend of carbon materials. A super high-modulus SCVI carbon in the lower section joins high-modulus/high-strain SCV carbon in the upper section to yield maximum power, unparalleled strength, durability, sensitivity and reduced overall weight. St. Croix’s Fortified Resin System (FRS) is also employed throughout the entire blank. FRS combines a fortified super resin with computer-operated curing ovens that provide improved temperature and time management through all stages of the curing cycle. Ultimately, FRS prevents microbuckling by keeping the carbon fibers in proper alignment throughout the critical curing process. Blanks manufactured with this advanced manufacturing protocol consistently test out at 33% stronger than those built with standard resins and curing methods.
Finally, a new, stealthy, matte-black finish completes the upgrade to the new Legend Xtreme’s incredibly sensitive, high-performance blank – the ultimate canvas for additional sensitivity-enhancing features and components.