St Croix adds to High Stick Drifter Series
American rod maker St Croix has added three new rods to its High Stick Drifter Series.
The Park Falls, Wisconsin, company has teamed up with Kelly Galloup to design the newcomers. He said: “ No-one had ever built a stick made just for nymphing. St Croix has changed all that, having me co-design a few High Stick Drifters for the way we really fish nymphs – no gimmicks. It is 100% right for the job.”
The High Stick Drifters have ‘state-of-the-art’ features such as:
- Special lightweight tip made of high modulus/high strain SCV graphite with NSi resin – including 3M nano Matrix Resin – and a carbon-matte scrim;
- SCVI graphite in lower sections for added power and reduced weight;
- St Croix’s proprietary ART™ and IPC® technology.
The three come in 9’ 10” 4wt, 10’ 4wt and 10’ 5wt, and are said to balance perfectly in the hand. They also have a parabolic flex – from head to toe – you can feel when the rod is loaded with line and being roll cast, or the hook plants firmly because of the rod’s quick tip.
Their lengths, too, have been analysed and devised for keeping the fly line up and out of the current for drag-free drifts.
St Croix says that even something as simple as where the hook keeper should go has been scrutinsed and is now where it belongs – near the second Fuji® K Series Tangle-Free stripper guide instead of right above the handle and in the finger’s way.
Galloup says: “The average guy can pick it up, drift a nymph and catch a fish. It is as simple as that.”