Although there were easily hundreds of new rods of on display at ICAST 2014, including some cool new application-specific sticks like Lew's David Fritts Crankbait rod, and brand new rod families like Abu's new flagship called the Fantasista, St. Croix's Legend Trek jumped out as a new problem solver.
Just what is it?
It's quite possibly the new standard in multi-purpose, high-end travel rods.
Personally, I've never been able to find a travel rod that excels for inshore and freshwater—and doesn't compromise performance. I've had numerous travel rods break on the water over the years due to a lack of ferrule strength. That said, I've relied on whatever friends and guides have wherever I touch down.
Guess that's why I'm so excited about St. Croix's new Legend Trek. The three-piece feels like an extremely high-end one-piece rod, yet packs down into a rugged case that's under 32 inches, so I can put it in the bottom of my duffel bag or carry on to the plane without a ton of hassle.
And, when reassembled, it feels like the very best rod in my arsenal. Yep, it's a "no excuses" stick. None of this "would've caught more (or bigger) fish if I had the right gear.”
Designed and hand-built in Park Falls, Wisconsin, the Legend Trek features all of St. Croix's most advanced rod technologies, including high-modulus/high-strain SCIV graphite blanks using Integrated Poly Curve (IPC) tooling technology and their proprietary Fortified Resin System (FRS). What's that mean?
They're dang strong, light and sensitive. Each rod is strengthened with something called Advanced Reinforcing Technology, including ferrules that are internally fortified to handle big baits and big fish. Plus, all components are corrosion proof. And the kicker? A 15-year transferrable warranty.