Redesigned Wild River boasts serious muscle power
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The biggest dilemma facing diehard salmon and steelhead anglers is finding a high-quality, yet affordable rod series that will withstand serious muscle and cover the many tactics employed, says US manufacturer, St Croix.
The Park Falls, Wisconsin, company adds: “From handling ripping hardware behind downriggers to delicately delivering the tiniest of tidbits through a slow moving river eddy – and all the techniques in between – finding the right rod series to cover it all has been nearly impossible.”
With that in mind the rod builders at St Croix spent a lot of time working with salmon and steelhead anglers over the last couple of years to find a solution.
The end result is the redesigned Wild River series – already highly-rated on the market by steelhead and salmon anglers.
For 2013 St Croix is introducing 35 new models that it says will please anglers from east to west, the Great Lakes and every rolling river in between.
For west coast guide John Krauthoerfer’s boat, there are heavy-power, moderate action Wild River rods that can withstand the torque of Delta divers as well as the boisterous strike of a monstrous ‘king’ from the Pacific Ocean.
“As guides,” explains Krauthoerfer, “We’re pretty abusive with our equipment, let alone what fish can do to low-grade rods. We are having tremendous success with the Wild River rods in great part because the blank designs are so dialed-in the techniques we use.”
Up and coming Great Lakes river guide, Kyle McCelland, would put St Croix up against all others when it comes to making the perfect drift with a tiny jig tipped with a miniscule morsel of bait with a Wild River.
He says:” St Croix rods are ideal for Great Lakes trout and salmon.”
Wild River rods are built on all-new SCII graphite blanks featuring a rich, gold-dust-green metallic finish. Other additional improvements include Kigan Master Hand 3D guides with premium, thin aluminium-oxide rings.
There are also new nine and 10½ ft spinning models featuring St Croix’s exclusive neoprene skin handle for superior grip and sensitivity in wet and cold weather.
Also new for 2013, St Croix has added downrigging and kokanee rods to the expanded Wild River series. Models in these two categories feature blanks built with a blend of SCII graphite and SCI linear fiberglass for light weight and durability.
Wild River rods are handcrafted in the US and feature a five-year warranty backed by St Croix Superstar Service.
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