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Backtroller
Posted 6/4/2022 11:23 AM (#1006797)
Subject: Musky shop rods compared to St Croix




Posts: 94


Location: Pewaukee
I’m wondering how the Musky shop house brand rods compare to St Croix blanks. For example, they make a 8’6” H 2-8 oz and I have a Legend Sling blade with the save specs. I realize that the legend is in a totally different league, but how do the Musky Shop rods “feel” compared to St Croix? Softer? Faster? Is it a true 2-8oz or does it act more like a MH?
sworrall
Posted 6/4/2022 1:16 PM (#1006798 - in reply to #1006797)
Subject: RE: Musky shop rods compared to St Croix





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Location: Rhinelander, Wisconsin
The specs on the Musky Shop rods are accurate, I have a full set. Not a $400 rod, but good quailty, and fish well.
Backtroller
Posted 6/4/2022 3:58 PM (#1006801 - in reply to #1006797)
Subject: Re: Musky shop rods compared to St Croix




Posts: 94


Location: Pewaukee
Thank you
chuckski
Posted 6/6/2022 9:35 AM (#1006819 - in reply to #1006797)
Subject: Re: Musky shop rods compared to St Croix




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I have not seen a Musky Shop rod in person, but I do own a Thorne Brothers Predador and it's my understanding that it is a St. Croix blank. (I think I asked them) So I guess you could ask them?
Tackle Industries
Posted 6/6/2022 10:18 AM (#1006822 - in reply to #1006797)
Subject: Re: Musky shop rods compared to St Croix





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Location: Land of the Musky
If you have the money, get a St Croix or Elk River custom and never look back. With that said, I have never heard bad things about the Musky Shop rods and Jim always takes care of his customers from what I hear....
Backtroller
Posted 6/6/2022 5:57 PM (#1006828 - in reply to #1006797)
Subject: Re: Musky shop rods compared to St Croix




Posts: 94


Location: Pewaukee
In the legend line I have 2 Sling blades and a lipstick. I saw a Musky Shop rod fairly cheap and was thinking about trying it out or having it in the boat for another person to use.
North of 8
Posted 6/6/2022 9:28 PM (#1006831 - in reply to #1006828)
Subject: Re: Musky shop rods compared to St Croix




For what it is worth, bought a 9'6" Musky Shop rod for throwing blades this spring. Really like it a lot. But, I don't have a St. Croix to compare it to.
Slobasaurus
Posted 6/7/2022 10:14 PM (#1006872 - in reply to #1006797)
Subject: Re: Musky shop rods compared to St Croix





Posts: 161


Location: Chicago, IL
The Musky Shop Shield Series are way heavier than a St Croix Premier and certainly heavier than a LT blank. I’m used to St. Croix rods. Picked up a Musky Shop 8’6” H, it’s been alright but it’s heavier than I prefer- pretty noticeable difference. They are well build though and I like the palm reel seat instead of trigger reel seat
Ogandrews
Posted 6/8/2022 7:30 AM (#1006874 - in reply to #1006797)
Subject: Re: Musky shop rods compared to St Croix




Posts: 209


Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota
I have a friend who owns a shield rod, tried it a couple days ago and it is incredibly heavy. If you are looking for a less expensive rod in that price range the savage gear battletek is incredible for the price and same price range as a shield. I own a 9’ xh and it’s just about on par weight wise to a legend tourney 9’ h. Any other cheaper rod I’ve used is much heavier. That savage gear 9” xh is a super versatile rod. I wouldn’t buy a st croix unless it’s a legend tourney or extreme, their lower priced rods aren’t great for the price. If you want the best rod, get a Thorne predator of a legend elite, if you want quality per dollar get the savage gear battletek
chuckski
Posted 6/8/2022 12:46 PM (#1006885 - in reply to #1006797)
Subject: Re: Musky shop rods compared to St Croix




Posts: 1246


Some of these less expensive rods would have been dream a generation ago! Glass rods that could double as a pool cue and shorter them we are tall.
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