ST. CROIX MOJO TROUT FLY RODS
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.