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ST. Croix imperial;
Post 26 Jun 2020, 11:22 • #1 
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I have recently bought a St. Croix 6'8'' x 6wt glass rod in vgc.
Looking forward to giving it an outing for the small stream brownies.
I have read on here that it goes well with a dt-4 will try that first.


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Re: ST. Croix imperial;
Post 26 Jun 2020, 11:29 • #2 
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You will enjoy that rod. One of the lightest in hand rods I have handled.


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Re: ST. Croix imperial;
Post 26 Jun 2020, 22:39 • #3 
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Why not try it with a 6wt??

I'm sure it will cast a 4wt, so whatever floats your boat.


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Re: ST. Croix imperial;
Post 26 Jun 2020, 22:54 • #4 
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Yorkshire lad wrote:
I have recently bought a St. Croix 6'8'' x 6wt glass rod in vgc. Looking forward to giving it an outing for the small stream brownies. I have read on here that it goes well with a dt-4 will try that first.

Welcome to the Forum!

There are a couple of versions of that rod. Some cast well with a DT4 line and others cast better with a 6 weight line. Try a couple of lines and see what feels best to you.

When St. Croix marketed that fly rod anything shorter than 7'6" was uncommon. They may have expected it to be used in close quarters. A 6 weight line may be needed to get the rod to load with only 20 feet of line out.


Tom


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Re: ST. Croix imperial;
Post 27 Jun 2020, 09:27 • #5 
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Tom,
Thank you for that advice, I will try 4/5/6 lines and see which is best.


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Re: ST. Croix imperial;
Post 27 Jun 2020, 12:32 • #6 
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Glad you moved over here, Yorkshire. A wealth of info here.

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Re: ST. Croix imperial;
Post 27 Jun 2020, 16:33 • #7 
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have owned two of these. Both were featherlight's with the feather decal and sliding band seats. Very very nice rods and 4/5 wts., not 6 IMO.


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Re: ST. Croix imperial;
Post 28 Jun 2020, 08:00 • #8 
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Some are marked for 4-wt, and some are marked as 6-wt. The only I own is marked as 6, though I definitely fish it as a 5-wt.


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Re: ST. Croix imperial;
Post 03 Jul 2020, 16:34 • #9 
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I just picked one up that's marked six weight. With 25' or more line out it casts a beautiful tight loop with a 4wt Wulff Longbelly. Inside 25' you need to have fairly fast stroke to make it work.

I think a 5wt would be fine, but a 6 would be fine also.

Also noticed with my modern Battenkill 2 reel it was a little tip heavy. Going to take slightly heavier reel than I expected.

Barry


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Re: ST. Croix imperial;
Post 04 Jul 2020, 02:02 • #10 
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Great small stream rod... and definitely comes in two versions regardless how it is marked. The lighter of the two is a rather soft rod that most like with a 4wt line, and the other is a deep flexing but crisp rod that's a 5/6wt rod. The lighter version should be perfect for the fishing you describe.


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Re: ST. Croix imperial;
Post 05 Jul 2020, 09:27 • #11 
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A friend of mine has one of these rods in excellent condition. The tip section is a lighter color than the butt section. We thought the rod actually cast well with a WF3 line, but better with a WF 4. I don't remember which of the 3 weight lines we were using; it may have been one that is actually a half line weight higher than rated. But it is definitely a rod I wouldn't mind having in my arsenal.

Larry


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Re: ST. Croix imperial;
Post 05 Jul 2020, 12:56 • #12 
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Definitely appears to be two different models. If I need twenty-five feet of 4wt to get this one to work I think it's a 5-6wt.

I do like the rod and will certainly watch for one of the lighter weight models.

Larry, do you recall what recommended line weight was printed on your friends rod?

Thanks,
Barry


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Re: ST. Croix imperial;
Post 07 Jul 2020, 21:43 • #13 
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Barry,
I think I remember it showing as 6 weight, but then my memory may be failing along with everything else. Also, as I mentioned, the tip was a different shade of brown than the butt, so may have actually been from another rod.

Larry


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Re: ST. Croix imperial;
Post 07 Jul 2020, 21:47 • #14 
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Thanks Larry


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Re: ST. Croix imperial;
Post 08 Jul 2020, 08:00 • #15 
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What a lot of enjoyable replies, you chaps certainly know your subject well.
If I can help anyone with a translation from colloquial Yorkshire dialect please feel free to contact me. :)


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