St. Croix is a dependable brand that has been in operation for seventy years. With so much credibility, the St. Croix Triumph is available as a one-piece or two-piece rod. Which one you decide to get is your preference. In this St. Croix Triumph spinning rod review, we will go over what the rod has to offer and let you know what we think about it.
There are a host of benefits including a lot of actions, different power classes, and a graphite construction that is premium quality. Because of this, it will help the angler who wants a high-performing spinning rod without forking over a whole lot of money. We have yet to find a similar ride with the same price tag upon closer inspection. It has everything a person may want in using a spinning rod without breaking the bank.
By far, this one is superior. We also love how it includes a five-year warranty. With all of that said, let’s go over the things that you will get if you decide to add one to your fishing rod collection.
The St. Croix Triumph is available as a one-piece or two-piece rod. Which one you decide to get is your preference. Even so, there are a host of benefits including a lot of actions, different power classes, and a graphite construction that is premium quality. This will help the angler who wants a high-performing spinning rod without forking over a whole lot of money.
We have yet to find a similar rod with the same price tag upon closer inspection. By far, this one is superior. We also love how it includes a five-year warranty. It is made from premium SCII carbon graphite.
- Length: 6-7 FT
- Power: UL/ML/MH
- Action: FAST
- Type: Spinning
- Price: $$
- Made out of superior mid-modulus graphite that is very strong and sensitive in the hand
- Premium-grade cork handle that increases shock absorption and is easy to hold for most people
- Comes in a wide range of power classes from ultralight to medium-heavy
- Very affordable price for beginners and even has a market for veteran anglers to give a try
- Sea Guide Atlas Performance slim aluminum oxide guides are easy on the fishing line during the cast
- Two coats of weather-resistant Flex Coat slow-cure finish
- It may be too light for some anglers
- Some have noticed a loose reel seat on a few models
What’s Good and What’s Not
What We Like
There’s a whole lot to love about this rod. First, there are a whole lot of actions that are available. It is available in ultralight, light, medium-light, medium, and medium-heavy. As far as freshwater fishing goes, those are really all you need. Next, the rod itself is made out of high-quality materials. It can easily hold its own against more expensive fishing rods. One thing that I find unique about this one is the cork handle. Many fishing rod manufacturers today are steering more toward softer materials for the rod handle.
I’m not sure why because traditional cork is comfortable, reliable, and sensitive. Plus, it just looks good. We like that the cork handle is great in increasing shock absorption when fighting fish. In addition, cork is easier to hold for most people. The guides are impressive too. Sea Guide Atlas Performance slim aluminum oxide guides are very easy on the fishing line regardless if you are using monofilament, fluorocarbon, or braid.
Also, they won’t break down over time. Next, the entire blank is coated in two coats of weather-resistant Flex-Coat slow cure finish which protects the graphite from the elements. Finally, my favorite part is the price. This is a middle-tier fishing rod. It isn’t what I would consider cheap and it’s not a budget fishing rod by any means. Still, it lacks some of the features that you would find in very expensive professional setups. Still, I consider it to be a very good purchase for the money and will do what most people want it to do without a hassle.
What Can Be Improved
On top of good, there surely exists a few things that can be improved too. To begin with, it doesn’t weigh a ton but this could be a problem for some people. They did do a great job in cutting a lot of the weight down but in doing so, they also made the fishing rod a little harder to use. For instance, it’s great that you don’t have to worry about your arms getting tired when you’re casting.
The problem would occur when you want to cast too quickly. Being able to just tell the rod to go where you want it to go can result in you losing a few successful casts since the weight is a little bit off. Finally, there have been a few negative reviews about the real seat being loose. I don’t think that they should purchase you from getting one because you are covered by the manufacturer’s five-year warranty that protects against defects anyway.
Your Questions, Answered
Q: “Where are these rods made?”
They have a rod building factory in Park Falls, Wisconsin which is the headquarters. They also have another one in Fresnillo, Mexico. Either way, the rods are made by hand by professionals. They just don’t jump off an assembly line by the thousands.
Q: “Do these rods come with a warranty?”
Yes. These rods come with a manufacturer’s five-year warranty. The warranty protects against the manufacturer’s defects and damage that occurs during shipping. If you notice that something is wrong with your rod from the factory, you can return it within five years for a refund.
Q: “What reel should I pair this with?”
More Questions, Continued
To be honest, what spinning reel you decide to use is up to you. It is almost universal because it accepts most models of reels. You may decide to use a crappie reel for the ultralight class or you may decide to pair it with a good base model for cranking or throwing jigs.
Q: “What type of fishing is this good for?”
For one, we find it to be exceptional for bass fishing. It can cast very light lures but it also has enough backbone to muscle in big fish. Aside from that, the ultralight and light versions of the rod are great for crappie and panfish. If it swims in freshwater, you can catch it with this.
Q: “What can I catch with it?”
To be honest, dang near anything. The sensitivity is very high so it’s great for detecting light bites from panfish. It is also stout enough to bring in monster bass and other big fish like catfish or carp.
Q: “Where is the cheapest place to buy it if I wanted one for myself? Is it the official website?”
Actually no. The best place to buy it also gives you the best price. The official website charges you a little more money. The best place to buy it is at Bass Pro Shops. Bass Pro/Cabela’s will give you the same unit for the best price.
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The Final Verdict
Would I recommend the St. Croix Triumph spinning rod? The answer is yes. Certainly, I would. For its price point, the rod is very versatile for various fishing conditions. It makes a great entry-level rod and even performed well for more seasoned anglers. It is a great fishing rod for a great price. But really intrigued me is how sensitive it is. The special graphite construction really does something special for it.
It performs at a premium level without investing a premium into it. It is extremely sensitive and much lighter than most of the rods you will see. Personally, I recommend the Triumph spinning rod for your everyday carry. Do you have one of these? How is it? Let us know in the comments!