ST. CROIX MOJO TROUT FLY RODS

Field and Stream - - FIELD TEST - —J.C.

$180–$210 stcroixrods.com

St. Croix’s cat­a­log is mas­sive, loaded with spe­cialty sticks for pretty much ev­ery species of fish that swims. The price range of the brand’s rods is mas­sive too, of­fer­ing an­glers of any skill level and with any bud­get a high-qual­ity rod. One might as­sume, then, that its new line of spe­cialty Mojo Trout fly rods would cost a pretty penny, but they do not. More im­por­tant, that low price doesn’t come at the cost of qual­ity. Avail­able in 11 mod­els, the Mojo Trout line fea­tures solid com­po­nents, in­clud­ing ex­tra-hard Sea Guide snake guides that in­crease cast smooth­ness, durable alu­minum-ox­ide strip­ping guides, and ma­chined alu­minum reel seats. When I checked out the 7-weight at

ICAST 2018, I was amazed by how light and re­spon­sive it was, mak­ing me think it could pull dou­ble duty as a streamer rod and a dry-fly rod in a pinch. St. Croix made an ef­fort to cater to small­stream an­glers by of­fer­ing 3- and 4-weight mod­els in lengths rang­ing from 6-foot to

9-foot, with plenty of op­tions in be­tween. To be clear: This is not a “begin­ner” se­ries of fly rods. I put the hurt on some big rain­bow trout this fall with the

7-weight (which casts like but­ter), and I be­lieve it’s found a per­ma­nent home in my travel tube of go-to sticks.

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