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For you guys who have a lot of experience with St Croix offerings, especially up to the SCV models...

 

If you take a given model, say 6'10" ML XF spinning rod, and follow that model from the Avid line to the Legend Tourney line up to the Legend Elite line, how would you describe the changes you feel with each step up?

 

Obviously I expect sensitivity to change, but how about action and power?

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My thoughts are that power stays the same. Action seems to speed up with higher quality blanks even though the ratings stay the same. Best way to describe it is the action seems more crisp or telegraphs faster with the higher modulus blanks. Sensitivity also increases with the better blank. 

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What Dwight said.  They seem to get slower.  Hard to tell of you only jump 1 series, but go from a SCV to SCIII, it's more noticable.

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4 minutes ago, S Hovanec said:

Hard to tell of you only jump 1 series, but go from a SCV to SCIII, it's more noticable.

Well put.  My thoughts as well.

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They do seem to be more crisp but mostly my high end rods feel lighter and better balanced.  My scV mhf is factory made and is my second favorite rod so we spend a lot of time together.  I had a SCV4 in the same length and action but the handle whas a strait and the SCV was the bulge that is a st croix standard handle.  That makes a huge difference in comfort for me so i fished my avids more than the sc4 that i had.  As a package i could not really notice a lot between the sc3 and the sc4.  The scv was where things came together for me.  I would not buy a sc4 blank again.  If i could afford all sc5 rods thats the way i would go but in my hands the sc4 does not add enough to be worth the mid step.  If i could afford a sc4 but not a sc5 i would still buy a sc3.  The avid is just that good and the 4 never inspired me.

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When I had a lot of St Croix rods, I felt the step up from SCII to SCIII was greater and VERY noticeable in terms of weight/action/power/sensitivity  than the step up from SCIII to SCIV. Never had any SCV rods.

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