St. Croix Imperial USA Fly Rods: Yes, the ICAST side of the show has some fly gear as well. One of the manufacturers offering both conventional and fly rods on that side of the convention center was none other than St. Croix. This year, they unveiled their brand new Imperial USA line of fly rods that carries great looks and a friendly price tag.
Using a blend of high-modulus and high-strain SCIV and SCII graphite, these fast-action rods sport a striking color scheme that's complimented with matching wraps and some blue trim. Down below, you'll find a machined aluminum reel seat with wood insert on 2–6 weight models and full aluminum reel seats with fighting butts on 7 thru 10 weights. Moving up, there's premium quality cork handles and a uniquely-shaped Kigan hook keeper just above the grip.
Along with slim-profile ferrules, the blank is adorned with black-framed Kigan Master Hand 3D stripping guides with aluminum oxide inserts and black PVD-coated Sea Guide snake guides.
Standard rods run from 2 thru 10 weight in various 2 and 4 piece configurations, while four 11'0" Switch rods will be available in 4-piece 5, 6, 7, and 8 weights. Each of these made-in-the-USA rods are backed by a 15 year transferable warranty and include a rod case with inner divider. Prices range from $230 to $320 with availability beginning November 1st.