Anyone who knows me well, knows I love to catch Speckled Trout. I bought this rod specifically for that task. Over time I have started to use it for more species like Flounder and American Shad fishing.
These rods are made by hand here in the USA. The attention to detail is amazing. The cork grips are nice and there are no gaps or fillers. The clear coat is flawless, no runs, drips, or discoloration anywhere. I have other nice rods, but nothing is even close to the fit and finish of this rod and the aqua marine color is really nice.
Durability: I can't say for sure. I imagine it is good. I definitely baby this rod. I think if you stay within the suggested lure weight it should last for many years.
Versatility: I initially bought it for saltwater but have taken it with me fishing on the fresh side now many times. I have it matched to Penn Clash 2000 and it balances perfectly. The sensitivity is outstanding. I have caught many more fish in the same spots with this rod that I have missed with other rods under the same conditions. The lightest bite the smallest rock. Its like you have eyes under the water.
Value: I am a firm believer in that "you get what you pay for". It the most expensive rod I own but by far the nicest too.
Conclusion: I have owned a few St. Croix rods now and you really can't go wrong them. The quality is excellent and in my personal experience the customer service is unmatched. As funds allow I will definitely add a few more of these to my arsenal and knowing they are made in the good ole' USA puts a smile on my face every cast.