St Croix Premier Spinning Rod Review

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Here is my St Croix Premier Spinning Rod review.

St. Croix is one of most popular companies among anglers specially in the USA. However, knowing which rod from the line up isn’t always that easy. 

In this article, I am going to review St Croix Premier Spinning Rod. I will talk in a bit of detail about its main features and downsides. I will then list the pros and cons of this rod along with alternative rods for you to check.

St Croix Premier Spinning Rod Review


Top Features

  1. PREMIUM SCII CARBON CONSTRUCTION.
  2. The Fortified Resin System (FRS).
  3. The Cork Handle.
  4. The Versatility.
  5.  Kigan Master Hand 3D guides.
  6. Fuji DPS Reel Seat.
  7. Kigan Hook Keeper.
  8. Flex-Coat Double Coat.

Specifications

  • Length: 6’6”
  • Power: M;
  • Action: Fast
  • Pieces: 1
  • Line Wt.: 6-12 lbs
  • Lure Wt.: 1/4-5/8 oz; 
  • Rod Wt.: 4.3 oz; 
  • Handle: 4

Detailed Overview

Now, let’s take the main features and get a closer look at them:

Carbon Construction

Carbon is a popular material among anglers. It’s characterised by being lightweight without sacrificing strength. It’s the perfect and more expensive alternative to fibreglass. St. Croix Premier is made from SCII carbon which is strong and durable enough for fighting fish. 

The Construction is enhanced with Fortified Resin System (FRS), which makes the rods 33% stronger than usual.

Cork Handle

There is always a famous comparison between Cork and EVA foam handles. Cork is liked by most anglers, thanks to its comfortability and the lower strain it puts on your hands.

Cork gives cushion and warmth for cold fishing days. They are also a lot more sensitive and can transmit fine vibrations directly to your palms. [1] However, you need to know that it’s harder to clean and acts like a magnet for dust. 

Kigan Master Hand 3D guides

These are Aluminium Oxide eyelets. I like that they offer exceptional smoothness and durability. They also work fine with braided lines ,unlike stainless steel guides which developed notches when used with braided lines. 

The Coating Finish

St. Croix premier spinning rod is double coated with Flex-Coat slow cure finish. It helps adding more protection for the rod. The black frames add a bit of stylish touch to the rod. 

Kigan Hook Keeper

Hook keepers give your rod a safe place to hold your lire of fly. Here is a video that gives more info about hook keepers and how to add them to your fishing rod:

Fuji DPS Reel Seat

Fuji is well known for producing high quality reel seats. The Fuji DPS reel seat adds more comfortability to the rod. 

Versatility

The rod offers a good range of models including spinning, casting and different powers. This enables you to pick the one suitable for your needs and targeted species. 

Length

The rod length is  6’6” which is considered short. You can’t expect a short rod to give you long casts. However, it’s good for accurate casts and good control over the rod. 


What Are The Downsides Of St. Croix Premier Spinning Rod?

Some drawbacks that you may encounter while using this rod is the reel seat. It comes loose from time to time and you’ve to retighten it. It’s also expensive compared to other fishing rods, however, the price comes with a high quality. 

Some customers reported that the rod was delivered with poor packaging. You also have to reseal the cork every few seasons to ensure comfortability and performance. 

What Are The Pros And Cons Of St Croix Premier Spinning Rod?

A spinning rod with some grass and a river in the background

Now, let’s summarise the review and some pros and cons points:

What We Like

  • 5-Year Warranty.
  • Great Customer Service.
  • Strong and lightweight rod.
  • Very versatile fishing rod with many models.
  • You can use it with a wide variety of baits. 

What We Hate

  • Poor Packaging.
  • More expensive than other rods.
  • The reel seat loosens from time to time.
  • You need to reseal the cork handle after multiple seasons.

Alternatives

Here are some alternatives that you can use, if you don’t like St. Croix Premier series:

Final Verdict

So, this is the end of my St Croix Premier Spinning Rod review. Overall, I think that this rod is worth buying with premium construction that is lightweight and sturdy. The rod is also offering some good features that you might want to try while having little drawbacks. 

The 5-year warranty is a reassuring sign the St. Croix company trusts its products. Maybe it’s somehow expensive, but this price comes with the quality that this rod is offering. 

If you can afford it, maybe you should give it a try.