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Old 03-15-2017, 09:11 AM
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Default Fenwick HMG vs St Croix Triumph

Originally Posted by Hunter5117 View Post
Not sure if it has been mentioned but I believe the St. Croix Triumph and Premiere use the same blanks, just different guides and finish.

The Premiere's are my goto rods now days and I agree that your daughter should get a life time of fishing out of a Triumph. Kind of a flip flop regarding the topic at hand, but I still use a 30+ year old Fenwick boron rod that was my best walleye rod for many years.

+1 on the kudos for raising your kids with an appreciation for being personally responsible and the joy it brings.

Same blank material, but far from the same blanks. Triumphs are thicker and more "dull" feeling. Premiers are thinner and have a much better action. Premier is twice the rod of the triumph IMO.

Also note that triumphs are made in mexico and are not the hand crafted Wisconsin rods.

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Old 03-15-2017, 02:11 PM
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Have to agree with above, give her a $20 and buy a Premier.
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Old 03-15-2017, 08:32 PM
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The post about the Tourney trail reminds me of one of those rods that I had some years ago.

It was one of my favorite rods for catching fish. One of my children needed a rod, and I gave it to him. He is still catching a lot of fish with it.

If I was getting a rod, I think that I would give the 6'6" ml rod a try. $40 for the rod.


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Old 03-15-2017, 08:50 PM
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This is the one my wife picked out with the help of their pro
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Old 03-15-2017, 10:21 PM
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Just scored a triumph x, 6'6" med power fast action for $42 on discount from local sportsman's Warehouse. Seems like a decent rod. I'll be putting it through its paces tomorrow.
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Old 03-16-2017, 09:34 AM
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Have both, and have used both for years. The Fenwick in the same class as the SC will be a little stiffer rod. I have medium lights in both, and the SC I use for jigging walleye, and the HMG I use for tossing plugs for northerns. Both sensitive and tough. I would probably steer here towards the SC.

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Old 03-16-2017, 09:21 PM
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Was working at the local boat show and found a Shimano Compre rod on 40% off which fit her specs so I picked it up for her. She loves it, and saved a bunch of money too. 6'6" Medium, Fast, 1 piece.

Thanks for all the input!

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Nice. Good work teaching the lesson that just because you have X dollars doesn't mean you need to spend X to get what you want. Enjoy the season.
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Old 03-17-2017, 09:02 AM
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Old 03-17-2017, 10:13 AM
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Skwalter, Great to see father and daughter working on picking out a rod. GLad to see that you found a rod that works. For the next time I'd recommend the st croix avid pearl. It has all the function of other st croix rods and adds the "pretty" factor that the ladies like.

I used mostly st croix and fenwick the last few years and would definitely go with st croix. I have quite a few issues with the HMX, HMG and elite techs breaking tips or eyelet inserts coming out. The st croix have been flawless.
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