Park Falls, WI (January 6, 2017) – Sometimes, lining up the splines on a four-piece fly rod takes an act of God – or at least it would seem that way. Point the guides toward the sun, enter some Copernicus-like adjustments and make the heavenly bodies perfectly align. Even with a two-section fly rod it’s entirely possible to not correctly rendezvous. And without meticulous alignment, casting distance is mitigated and accuracy crippled. The only way to guarantee flawlessness is with a one-piece fly rod. But try arching one of those in the SUV…
Fortunately, the artisans at St. Croix have divined a fly rod that runs true as a laser, while still offering itself to portability. We call it SOLE. You’ll call it better than sliced bread.
NOW AVAILABLE, St. Croix’s freshwater and saltwater purposed SOLE is a must-have asset in every fly angler’s arsenal.
Every fiber in the SOLE’s longer lower section is arrow-straight, which allows the rod to cast further and more accurately like a 1-peice fly rod, all the while removing the difficulty transporting a full 9-footer. Just remove the slightly over 2-and-a-half-foot top and the rod is reduced to a shade over 6 ½ feet.
Adding to the SOLE’s innovativeness, the fly rod’s ferrule has been masterfully re-engineered to produce clone-quality replacement tip sections if you happen to break one off. As a result, your SOLE will continue to cast like the day it was born. Yes, each SOLE fly rod comes with two tip sections…
Beyond the ingenious, proprietary two-section design, SOLE is fraught with performance. “Anybody who’s cast the new SOLE literally talks about having to pinch themselves to see if their dreaming or not,” says Dan Johnston, fly casting instructor and national account manager for St. Croix. “Because the graphite fibers run so true, the rod casts like a cannon, and the accuracy of those long casts are spot on.
“It’s just an amazing rod. Period.”
Built with high-modulus, high-strain graphite and FRS super resin for unparalleled strength and durability, nine models covering 4- to 12-weight blanks—also created with IPC, ART technologies—cover the full gamut for freshwater and saltwater tactics.
Adorned with Kigan Master Hand Zero Tangle stripper guides with solid-titanium frames for the ultimate protection from saltwater corrosion, and REC® Recoil® snake guides for lightweight, corrosion-proof performance, each guide, including the Kigan solid-titanium hook-keeper, is held steadfast with high-quality thread and two coats of Flex Coat slow-cure finish. And the Fuji® TVS reel seat holds fly reels solidly in place while delivering durable, corrosion-proof performance. This, while a super-grade cork handle offers superior grip, yet is easy on the hands.
Retailing at $340 to $360, the SOLE includes a dual-ply mesh sack with two tip section pockets and is backed with the outstanding, industry-leading 15-year transferable warranty buffeted by St. Croix Superstar Service.