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NEW St Croix Seage Surf Rod

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Coming this fall....

 

 

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Tomorrow’s Surf Rods Today

Any rod from St. Croix starts with a specific blank designed, engineered, and handcrafted in-house from scratch, incorporating all of the specific characteristics to ensure that each finished rod achieves its desired performance. With respect to the blanks that become all-new Seage Series surf rods, those characteristics are defined by extreme strength and durability in a slim and lightweight form.

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We’ve learned a lot in the past two years about how we can dramatically increase strength and durability in our rods without sacrificing sensitivity or making them heavier,” says St. Croix Product Manager, Ryan Teach. “This knowledge and ability is going to pay huge dividends to surf anglers with our new Seage rods. Surf rods ride on the tops of trucks and Jeeps. They get banged around and used as wading staffs. They’ve got to be tough, but above all they have to be extremely fishable. That means making them as light as possible while maximizing hoop strength and impact durability at the same time. We’ve accomplished that with Seage and built a comprehensive series of a dozen distinct models that are going to help surf anglers fish longer, better, and with less worry.”

The Park Falls witchcraft inside new Seage rods begins with a new formulation of premium, light, and sensitive SCII carbon material, which increases flexural strength while reducing weight. From there, St. Croix adds ARTTM and all-new Veil technology. “A lot of our anglers know what ART (Advanced Reinforcing Technology) is,” says Teach. “It’s an exotic carbon fiber material that adds a significant magnitude of hoop strength to keep the rod section from ovaling under load with virtually no increases in blank diameter or weight. We’ve used it for several years in a lot of our Legend series rods and others. Now, we’ve applied it to our new SCII material for the first time with the Seage Series.” Teach says new Seage Series get an additional dose of strength with St. Croix’s launch of its all-new Veil technology. “Veil is a tri-blend of carbon fiber, fiberglass and explicit resin, combined to exponentially reduce the effects of impact on blank integrity. The long and short of it is that Veil protects rods from bumps, lure knocks and other impacts that could otherwise cause damage and lead to rod failure.”

For the surf angler, all of this means they can enjoy fishing a slim, lightweight, and sensitive Seage rod, which also maintains extreme, next-level strength and durability. “These rods are a joy to fish with, but they are built for punishment,” says Teach, who adds that Seage rods cannot be broken on the company’s Dynamic Analyzer, a machine purpose-built by St. Croix to test and quantify variables like power, action, strength, and sensitivity. “We’re breaking 80-lb braid on these rods, but not the rods themselves.”

In addition to slim, lightweight performance, extreme strength and rock-solid durability, surf anglers will notice an all-new handle design on new Seage surf rods comprised of X-Flock-covered slim-diameter handles and Winn® comfort-focused foregrips which are minimalistic, sleek, and tech-forward. X-Flock is essentially a textured shrink tube that St. Croix forms directly over the blank. This gives the handle a slim profile with a very grippy and tacky feel, combined with slight compression for added comfort. Meanwhile, comfort-focused Winn polymer foregrips reduce hand fatigue for longer, more-comfortable fishing.

Seage’s Blue Granite colored blanks are married to Sea Guide® Hero Hi-Grade guides with slim aluminum oxide rings and SS316 stainless gun smoke frames, as well as Sea Guide® NPS reel seat with integrated black hoods.

All-New St. Croix Seage Series Features

  • New formulation of premium-quality SCII carbon with FRS for unparalleled strength and durability
  • Crafted strategically placing ART and Veil reinforcing technologies increasing strength and impact protection
  • Off-set ferrules on two-piece models deliver one-piece performance
  • Sea Guide® Hero Hi-Grade guides with slim aluminum oxide rings and SS316 stainless gun smoke frames
  • Sea Guide® NPS reel seat with integrated black hoods
  • X-Flock covered slim diameter handles
  • Winn® comfort focused foregrips
  • Two coats of Flex-Coat slow cure finish.
  • 15-year warranty backed by St. Croix Superstar Service
  • Designed in Park Falls, U.S.A. and handcrafted in Fresnillo, Mexico
  • Retail price $210 to $380

When it comes to the 12 distinct models included in the all-new Seage Series lineup, Teach says St. Croix made sure it covered the most popular lengths, powers, and actions, as well as some new configurations surf anglers were specifically requesting. Specifically, some of the 7’ to 9’ models were engineered and delivered to meet the unique needs of the Western coastal markets. “Surf anglers asked us for some smaller rods better suited for smaller species, lighter lures, and fish closer to the beach,” Teach says. “Our new 7’ medium-light and medium power rods and 8’ medium power model deliver those requested light-lure-weight blanks so anglers can match rods to the conditions and the predominant species. These smaller two-piece models also give anglers the 50/50 splits they requested,” Teach adds. At the other end of the spectrum, the new Seage Series also includes a 12’ heavy power model (reminiscent of St. Croix’s discontinued Ben Doerr rods) that’s capable of bombing a full one-pound payload beyond the bar. Longer Seage two-piece models feature angler-preferred 60/40 or 70/30 offsets.

All-New St. Croix Seage Series Models

  • SES70MLMF – 7’0”, medium-light power, moderate-fast action spinning / Retail $210
  • SES70MMF – 7’0”, medium power, moderate-fast action spinning / Retail $220
  • SES80MMF – 8’0”, medium power, moderate-fast action spinning / Retail $230
  • SES90MLMF2 – 9’0”, medium-light power, moderate-fast action, 2-piece spinning / Retail $290
  • SES90MM2 – 9’0”, medium power, moderate action, 2-piece spinning / Retail $290
  • SES90MMF2 – 9’0”, medium power, moderate-fast action, 2-piece spinning / Retail $290
  • SES100MMF2 – 10’0”, medium power, moderate-fast action, 2-piece spinning / Retail $300
  • SES106MLMF2 – 10’6”, medium-light power, moderate-fast action, 2-piece spinning / Retail $300
  • SES106MM2 – 10’6”, medium power, moderate action, 2-piece spinning / Retail $300
  • SES106MHMF2 – 10’6”, medium-heavy power, moderate-fast action, 2-piece spinning / Retail $300
  • SES110MHMF2 – 11’0”, medium-heavy power, moderate-fast action, 2-piece spinning / Retail $320
  • SES120HMF2 – 12’0”, heavy power, moderate-fast action, 2-piece spinning / Retail $380
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Cork butt cap is only going to last a season if using the rod as a staff.  I’m excited to see how this compares to say the Lamiglas Carbon Surf, or ODM DNA.

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Definitely interested to see which price point this falls into, and the specs. Please give me an 11' or 10'6 1-5oz thats above the mojo, ill be all over it. Thats such a great spec range that you cant get with St Croix

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6 hours ago, t_man7 said:

What’s the price point?

 

5 hours ago, Mlima5 said:

Definitely interested to see which price point this falls into,

 

1 hour ago, MattieG said:

Depending on specs, and price


Found info on actions and price... Updated thread...

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"Buy American" always works for me when the price / performance trade-off is met. St. Croix filled that role years ago vis a vis Lamiglas.

 

These days with Tsunami, ODM, Black Hole, etc. it's much tougher. Amongst that competitive foreign built field, if St. Croix could emulate say the ODM DNA rods (quality of build, price, rod action, etc.) then I think their chances of reoccupying that old sweet spot is very good.

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I'd be interested. If the 9' rods are 50/50 split, that would be a deal breaker for me. From the way I read the specs they are. Who is begging for 50/50 split rods? That's what I wanna know.

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2 mins ago, Haycreekrambler said:

I'd be interested. If the 9' rods are 50/50 split, that would be a deal breaker for me. From the way I read the specs they are. Who is begging for 50/50 split rods? That's what I wanna know.

Yeah, I guess that would be the question - is the 9' rod a 'short' (which will be 50/50) or 'long (60/40 or 70/30)' rod

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