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Old 12-12-2007, 08:52 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm buying a St Croix Avid spin rod. It's model AVS66LF2. It's rated for 4-8lb line. I'm going to use it for steams, rivers, ponds, and lakes.

In case I get lucky and hook into something big. How big a fish would it take for this rod to fail? Meaning blow up, or not enough balls to land the fish.

I'll probably use 10lb Power Pro on it.
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Shoot Pete, you can land any fish in the state with that rig.. Just make sure your drag is set properly. I hope you get a monster.
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Old 12-12-2007, 09:41 AM   #5 (permalink)
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On the Avid series the light fast model you ordered might be a little whippy for some on a two piece but it will handle about anything around here. I like the St croix rods alot but have switched my light action rods to the one piece and like them much better. You can feel everything with those rods!
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Old 12-12-2007, 10:19 AM   #6 (permalink)
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I have a Jeep Wrangler. One pc rods don't fit very well.

I also didn't want too stiff of a rod for the smaller streams with light lures.

That's why I was a little worried about bigger fish on lakes. I release all my fish, and didn't want to kill them because it will take so long to land them.
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I have the same rod in a one piece. I bought it to catch Lake trout on spawn saks. Unfortunately, it doesn't have the backbone to get a good hookset on the fairly hard mouth of a lake trout. A no stretch line is critical for the best possible hookset on larger fish (I always used mono or floro to my own detriment). Now I find the rod an absolute pleasure for vertically jigging Crappie and Sand bass. I hate Crappie as I prefer to target fish that would eat a whole crappie,,,, but you fish for what's biting!!

All in all, it is a SUPERB rod for a light action rod. If you got a good hookset on a large Lake trout or something equivalent, it would be up to your skill as an angler. Be careful with something as strong as 10lb braid with it, Lower the drag a touch more than usual for 10lb line as you could break the rod. A 2 piece puts more stress on the lower (and upper) blank since the joint is a dead spot in the flex of the rod.

You'll love the rod, I do.
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Yup, two piece is the way to go in the Wrangler! You'll love the rod.
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I have the same rod in a one piece. I bought it to catch Lake trout on spawn saks. Unfortunately, it doesn't have the backbone to get a good hookset on the fairly hard mouth of a lake trout. A no stretch line is critical for the best possible hookset on larger fish (I always used mono or floro to my own detriment). Now I find the rod an absolute pleasure for vertically jigging Crappie and Sand bass. I hate Crappie as I prefer to target fish that would eat a whole crappie,,,, but you fish for what's biting!!

All in all, it is a SUPERB rod for a light action rod. If you got a good hookset on a large Lake trout or something equivalent, it would be up to your skill as an angler. Be careful with something as strong as 10lb braid with it, Lower the drag a touch more than usual for 10lb line as you could break the rod. A 2 piece puts more stress on the lower (and upper) blank since the joint is a dead spot in the flex of the rod.

You'll love the rod, I do.
I'm using the 10lb, because i hear PP are a little light. I've had to break it off, and it doesn't feel like a 10lb line. So, I figured the rod is rated for 8lb and I should be alright. I do set a loose drag. I can always tighten during the fight if I need to. The type of fishing I do. A 22"24" trout would be a good catch. I do get some small brookies, and I didn't want a rod to stiff for that. I tried to find a rod that would be pretty good everywhere. I'll be using a small bubble and fly a lot too. I'm going to try that on the Ark with wet flies and nymphs. A little experiment.
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I'm buying a St Croix Avid spin rod. It's model AVS66LF2. It's rated for 4-8lb line. I'm going to use it for steams, rivers, ponds, and lakes.

In case I get lucky and hook into something big. How big a fish would it take for this rod to fail? Meaning blow up, or not enough balls to land the fish.

I'll probably use 10lb Power Pro on it.
I've caught 7-8 pike and lots of bass and sunfish plus a catfish with a rod like that. It just depends on how you fight them!
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