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I saw where someone mentioned the St. Croix Triumph for an under $100 rod, I believe at Dicks they have some models for $69. After rebate the Clarus from the local tackle shop will be $69. Would like to hear how or if you think the Triumph compares to the Clarus. Thanks

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I broke my All Star spinning a few days back, and was looking to get a Compre 7' M/F. Much as I love Shimano, finally I got a Trimuph 7' ML/F from Dick's for a general purpose spinning rod. So far, it's been so good, although I haven't stuck a fish on it. Sensitivity is good enough for a $70 rod, I should say. What amazed me was the balance though; with my Shimano Sonora on it, the balance point was an inch or an inch and a half in front of the reel seat.

I got a 50$ sweatshirt free with the rod, which I'll probably sell on Ebay. So a decent rod for $35 or $40? I'm not complaining!

The only issue you should be careful of is that from what I read (on the forum) the St Croix rods are under-rated for power. A Shimano medium power spinning rod is rated for upto 1/2 oz lures. The St Croix medium lights have the higher lure rating as 1/2 oz.

Good luck.

EDIT: I have had the Compre 7' MH/F baitcaster for about a year. It's so amazing. Very light and very strong. It's my go-to rod for almost any moving lure between 1/2 oz to 3/4 oz. I even threw jigs and deep cranks with it occasionally when I didn't have my specific rods for those lures with me, and it more than held it's own.

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The Triumph rods are SERIOUSLY underrated for power.

I have both the Claris and the Triumph and am much happier with the Clarus.

Twitch

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The Triumph rods are SERIOUSLY underrated for power.

I have both the Claris and the Triumph and am much happier with the Clarus.

Twitch

My experience with the Triumph (and St Croix) is limited to the one I have, but I'd say it fishes pretty much like a true medium powered rod. Can you fish a deep-diving crank with it? I don't know; I didn't try. All it matters to me is that it can cast 1/4 oz poppers and 4" wacky senkos just fine, and the tip is soft enough to feel what the lure is doing.

BTW, I love shimano, and I'm not batting for St Croix. Just giving credit where it's due.

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+1 For the Clarus. I have both the Triumph and the Clarus, and the Clarus is much more sensitive. Although neither one comes close to the Avid, they do not cost as much either. Just my humble opinion. :)

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I love my St.Croix rods but I'd go for the Clarus in this situation, just not very impressed by the Triumphs.

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Thanks for the replies, will put this away for future reference. I have a Clarus 7' M/F spinning and thought I'd get another in BC but did want to get opinions on the Triumph.

Ended up finding a Compre for the intended use so went with that. :D Thanks

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