St. Croix Owner Manuals
Congratulations on the purchase of your new St. Croix rod! You join the company of anglers from around the world who have come to appreciate the level of quality and value that can be found only in a St. Croix rod. Using the most advanced materials and finest components, your rod has been handcrafted by people who take great pride in building a rod that will enhance your fishing experiences time and time again. Best wishes on the water - from all of us at St. Croix.Warranty Information
Rod Usage and Safety Tips
If your lure becomes snagged, then point the rod directly at the lure and pull straight back. This will put stress on the line, rather than the rod. By following this procedure, you'll either free your lure from the snag, or break your line, but your rod will not break under these conditions. Never use the rod as a lever to pull on a snag.
If your line and knot are in good condition, then your rod will break before the line when it is bent at too severe an angle while attempting to free your lure from a snag!
Avoid "high sticking" your rod when fighting or landing fish. High-content graphite rods will break when they are bent in arcs that are tighter than they were designed to be bent.
Do not place your hand on the rod blank above the handle while fighting or landing fish. This will put excessive pressure at the single point where your hand is placed, rather than allowing the rod to distribute the pressure exerted from a fish over the entire length of the rod blank.
Do not exceed the recommended line rating for your rod. Doing so can cause excessive stress to your rod, and will void your rod's warranty.
Take great care when transporting your rod. Completely disassemble your rod, and use a protective rod case, whenever possible.
Deep scratches and nicks in your graphite rod blank will greatly reduce its strength!
After using your rod in salt water, be certain to thoroughly rinse it with fresh water. Pay special attention to the guide frames, and any other metal parts. Use of a corrosion inhibitor is recommended on the guide feet.
Salt tends to corrode guide frames, especially where the frame rests on the rod blank!
When fly casting weighted flies, be careful not to hit the rod blank with the fly. This will damage the blank and greatly reduce its strength.
Never use a graphite fishing rod in an electrical storm.
"Graphite" rod blanks actually consist of carbon fibers, which are excellent conductors of electricity!
1. Remove any dirt or debris from the male ferrule section before inserting it into the female ferrule section.
2. Slowly twist and push the rod sections until the guides are properly aligned.
3. Periodically apply a thin film of wax to the male ferrule section. This will allow the rod sections to seat securely, which prevents them from separating during use. A special ferrule wax is available from St. Croix. Please contact a Customer Service Representative at 800-826-7042 to order our ferrule wax.