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Old 03-14-2017, 07:56 AM
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Default Fenwick HMG vs St Croix Triumph

My daughter has saved up her money for a good spinning rod. Both the Fenwick HMG and St Croix Triumph are in her price range. I've read good things on both but haven't used either myself. Looking at a 6'6" Medium with either Fast or X-Fast tip.

Anyone with hands on experience with both?

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Old 03-14-2017, 08:19 AM
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SK,
Both of those rods are similar and work very well.

But, in that price range, you can also consider the Scheels rods as well as some of the other "house brand" rods from Cabela's, Gander mountain and Dick's sporting goods.

Most of the less expensive rods are rather quite good and for a reasonable price will provide quality fishing.

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Old 03-14-2017, 08:45 AM
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Hi REW,

I'm up in Canada so Scheels, Dicks, and Gander are out. I've looked at the Cabelas rods and they are another option. I hear mixed things about them though.

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I use to work at cabelas in Woodbury/fishing. Love the hmg but about the same rod as sc. Ray our fly shop guy is a rod builder on sc expert list. The one thing he marveled at was the sc was unbreakable. They tried and couldn't break it. The new ugly stick is surprisingly nice for half the price. You don't mention her age but durability is high on the list for younger fisher people.
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Old 03-14-2017, 09:25 AM
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She's 10, but my most responsible child. She has been saving for a while and has $120 CAD saved up. I asked her how much she was wanting to spend on a rod and she replied "$110, but if you find a good one on sale we can go with that". I guess that means she's "all in"!

I had her handle a number of different rods in my arsenal without knowing the price. Her top two picks were a G Loomis SJR 722 and a St Croix Premier 66MFS. I found her a deal on an Abu Garcia Vendetta and she said "No thanks. It feels too stiff for what I want." She may be 10 but she at least has an opinion on what she likes!

For reference, the HMG rods are $130 CAD here, but I found them on sale for $90. The Triumph is $110 CAD.

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Nothing makes me smile more than hearing about a 10 year old getting in to a hobby that will provide them enjoyment for the rest of their lives.

Good parenting. I envy you.

As far as the rod- either rod is a perfect choice, but for durability, I would also lean towards the St. Croix. You can't go wrong on either choice.
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I hope you have a lifetime of great memories fishing with your daughter.

As for the rod options, I have too much experience with the Cabela's brand.
I've now had three of their rods go bad. One snapped in half when my wife was stuck in some weeds. The kid at customer service said it was user error. Two others had the liner in the last eye come out- both times while in Canada, resulting in frayed line.
Not a fan.
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This is my daughter with her 18 lb 3 oz pike from last spring. Caught it on her own and fought it in all by herself. Used a 4" Storm paddletail softbait.


ETA: Not sure why I can't get the photo to actually show without a link...
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Both nice rods,
Triumph would probably be more durable and "st Croix" just sounds cool
HMG used to carry a lifetime warranty, I don't know if they still do.



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I think the hmg is stiffer than the triumph.
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