While I have not been able to fish with the rod, it seems like everything is perfect. I am a very big fan of St. Croix, but these rods are beyond what I expected. I will follow up with actual on the water action.
This rod is amazing. Been catching lots of flounder with it paired up with the flats bugg lure. Even strong enough to bring in 20"+ reds!
I ordered a Kastking Kestrel SFS reel for this rod.I got the reel yesterday. Man, this is 7.3 total ounces and perfectly balanced. I went out today and got this nice bass. This rod and reel are made for each other.I am very happy with the rod and reel combo.
This is my first UL rod. This rod like all other Old 18 rods fights way above the power rating. I have a Shimano Vanford 1000 on it running 8lb. braid. The combo weighs eight ounces total. Rod is sensitive and loads up nicely. It’s always looking for a fight. Here are a couple of bass pictures. I have only been out twice with it. I threw 1/16th oz. micro crank baits over twenty yards.
I own 2 Aeries, 2 Hollow-point and 4 Suppressor rods and this is the nicest one by far! Not only is the rod perfectly balanced with the reel, it looks great and the carbon fiber grip feels really nice. Definitely recommend!