Rise of Legend Elite Musky Rekindles an Ancient Battle


St. Croix Rod has made its choice; what side of the battle-line will you land on?

From their home base in Park Falls, Wisconsin, an old wound has been reopened.  The subject sat silent for so many years, double-decades, but it has resurfaced like an awakened pandemic from beneath the crust of the silent earth.

In this time of steeped “political angler” gamesmanship, where no participant or candidate can seemingly offer a conclusive and straight answer, St. Croix Rod is taking full responsibility for reopening the wound: the age-old, sometimes contentious debate over the correct spelling.

Is it “MUSKY” or “MUSKIE”?

Best we can tell, the polarizing topic respawned with this year’s birth of Legend Elite Musky.  (Yes, St. Croix says “musky”.)  This is best-of-the-best musky fishing tool that got elite anglers off their seats and talking smart about the incredible rod, and as a byproduct, reinvigorated the age-old spelling dispute.  Before delving into the debate, it’s prudent to first share essential Intel about the incredible Legend Elite Musky fishing rod.  “We’ve been working quietly behind the scenes for the past two years to create what serious musky anglers have long awaited,” says Rich Belanger, St. Croix Promotions Director.


Specs point to Legend Elite Musky weighing 10-18% less than the popular St. Croix Legend Tournament, a big deal when you add up the hours, days, weeks and months that serious musky anglers spend on upper body workouts.  The fish of a thousand casts.

“As baits are getting larger and heavier and anglers put in longer hours chasing even bigger fish, the Legend Elite Musky Series represents that dream musky rod family that reduces physical fatigue and keeps anglers fishing longer, raising their odds at trophy fish,” says Belanger.

St. Croix engineering head Dave Schlitter say, “They quite literally went back to the drawing board with the new series.  They cut weight by re-thinking the blank, utilizing SCV carbon fiber, a high-modulus, high-strain material that creates a lighter, quicker, and faster and more responsive blank.”


“The new Legend Elite Musky also features a completely re-designed guide train utilizing Fuji® Torzite® for rings that are harder and half the diameter of the SiC Concept Guide System, and guide frame weight reduction while maintaining optimal guide opening size,” adds Schluter.

With the overall reduced weight in the blank and less mass on the guide train, the rods practically “float” in the hand.  Pick one up and you’ll notice a significant reduction in tip mass.  All that amounts to the lightest (and best) muskie (oops) rods on Earth.

Musky vs. Musky Contest

Now back to the spelling hullaballoo.  Full diplomacy at play, St. Croix wants your spin on this election year controversy and there’s no better free-world means than to put it to vote.  Here’s your chance to tell the world what you think and win a St. Croix Musky rod!  St. Croix is giving you FOUR chances to win!  And, yes, you can win more than once!

  • STEP ONE: Simply fill out the entry form and vote Musky or Muskie. One randomly drawn lucky winner will receive a St. Croix Rod Mojo Musky. Enter once every 24 hours between March 18 and March 24, 2016.
  • STEP TWO: Make a 30 second video (or less) stating your case on Musky or Muskie and why. Load your video on YouTube, or Vimeo. Fill out the Entry Form and submit your video.  One randomly drawn lucky winner will receive a St. Croix Rod Legend Tournament® Musky.  Only one entry per person. Enter March 18 and March 24, 2016.
  • STEP THREE: All submitted videos will be open to public vote between March 25 and April 1, 2016.  The video with the most votes will win a St. Croix Rod Legend Elite® Musky rod. Winner will be announced on April 2, 2016.
  • Instagram Only:  Record a 15 sec. or less video stating your case for Musky or Muskie between March 25 – April, 1.  The video with the most likes wins a Mojo Musky rod.


About St. Croix Rod

St. Croix Rod is a family-owned and managed manufacturer of high-performance fishing rods headquartered in Park Falls, Wisconsin with a 65-year heritage of USA manufacturing. Utilizing proprietary technologies, St. Croix controls every step of the rod-making process, from conception and design to manufacturing and inspection, in two company-owned facilities. The company offers a complete line of premium, American-made fly, spinning and casting rods under their Legend Elite®, Legend® Xtreme, Legend Tournament®, Avid Series®, Premier®, Wild River®, Tidemaster®, Imperial® and other trademarks through a global distribution network of full-service fishing tackle dealers. The company’s mid-priced Triumph®, Mojo Bass/Musky/Inshore/Surf, Eyecon® and Rio Santo series rods are designed and engineered in Park Falls, Wisconsin and built in a new, state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Fresnillo, Mexico. Founded in 1948 to manufacture jointed bamboo fishing poles for a Minneapolis hardware store chain, St. Croix has grown to become the largest manufacturer of fishing rods in North America.