St. Croix Avid Spinning Rod

21 Reviews
$159.99 to $239.99
Item No.: F10566
$159.99 to $239.99


You can't find much better than the St. Croix Avid Spinning Rod! This rod is a fantastic choice for trout, bass, walleye, and even smaller pike, catfish, and carp. Built with St. Croix's proprietary high-modulus SCIII graphite, this rod delivers the highest level of durability and strength possible. The Avid is a powerhouse fishing rod, yet super light and sensitive. The Alconite Concept Guide System is awesome, providing superior smoothness, without being as brittle as standard ceramic. Ergonomic select-grade cork handles and high-quality Fuji skeletal-cork reel seats provide excellent comfort. Backed by St. Croix's rock-solid warranty, the Avid Spinning Rod gets you impressive, top-notch performance at a mid-level price. You would be hard-pressed to find a spin fishing rod in this price range that performs as well as the Avid and is made right here in America!

  • Integrated Poly Curve tooling technology
  • Premium, high-modulus SCIII graphite
  • Slim-profile ferrules
  • Fuji Concept Guide System with Alconite rings and black frames
  • Fuji SKM reel seats with gun-smoke hoods
  • Select-grade cork handle
  • Two coats of Flex-Coat slow cure finish
  • Incredibly light, super sensitive, and durable
  • Manufacturer's 15-year limited warranty

The St. Croix Avid Spinning Rod is made in the U.S.A.

Ratings & Reviews

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10/7/2012 12:00:00 am

great ultralight rod

by ultralight fan -

fishing smallmouth bass on the Potomac from a canoe, this is the perfect weapon

12/20/2012 12:00:00 am

broken tip

by bellman74354 -

I received my new croix and after opening discovered the tip was broken. Called and talked to a fishusa rep and got immediate response. I was told not to worry, he would make a call and get right back with me. Within fifteen minutes i received the call back and was informed a new rod was on the way and should recieve it within 2-3 days. It was delivered on time and i was very pleased. I will definately do business with them again and highly recomend them to others.

5/9/2013 12:00:00 am

Love to fish

by Mr. D. -

Great rod. St. Croix spinning, 6'6" M/L. Very sensitve. Have another at 6'. Fish mostly for bass, pickerel, walleye, pike.

9/15/2013 12:00:00 am

Avid Rod

by Mick Misha -

My First St Croix and its a very nice performing rod. I intend to purchase a second soon.

10/16/2014 12:00:00 am

Best Rod I Own!!!

by YOLO -

I bought an 8' Avid ML Spinning Rod with steelhead fishing in mind and absolutely love it. I wanted a rod with a bit more backbone and a bit shorter than the standard "Buggy Whip" steelhead rod. This rod is the answer. I have landed several nice steelhead with a 4# (as light as I will go) fluorocarbon leader with zero problems. If I had only one complaint it would be that they are a bit high priced and, for the money, they should come with a protective sleeve or case.

5/9/2016 12:00:00 am

If I had one rod, this would be the one

by Kenny Rukspin

I really like the feel and weight of this rod. It is on the upper end of my current price range, and it is worth every dollar so far. I've used it a couple of times this Spring, and it will be my go to rod this summer.

9/24/2017 12:00:00 am

Great Rod!

by Fishdealer04

Great rod! I am a big fan of St. Croix Rods. They are well built, durable, and very sensitive. Warranty is very good and they are very fast with getting back to you if you ever have an issue. American made on top of that so no complaints there!

2/21/2019 12:00:00 am

Outstanding rod

by Fittin Installs -

St Croix Avids are amazing. I've caught most of my first species on this stick from Sunny's to walleye. Even hooked a Muskie with it on 4 lb fluorocarbon and fought it all the way to the boat. This rod can do anything but it's wheelhouse is small game. Great rod to learn on.

2/26/2019 12:00:00 am

The very best so far, 5' Avid

by LuiDeFunnes

I have 5' Triumph before, and as it goes i upgraded from Berkley cherrywood. So first things first, Triumph is gigantic leap from berkley, works so great that i have doubts that anything can perform better, until now. I got this rod right at season closing in one of the spots, and try it out. First thing first - This rod outperform triumph by same gigantic leap forward. Sensitivity is one thing, castability - works even better, precision and distance increase. Ok on the bad side - it is pretty fragile rod, if you handle it carelessly, so here comes complains about rod tube, but i have purchased tube from StCroix , that is greatly works and not that expensive. You pay 50$ more to get one. and its feets two rods, i have 5 tubes. But that is for another review. You need to find reel accordingly smooth for the operation, so you will have great uninterrupted experience in fishing with this rod. About action when fish is on - it is smooth but you feel great backbone. Run out of words .....

11/28/2009 12:00:00 am

excellent travel rod.

by drc -

I used this when fishing for steelhead in Alaska. Great travel rod. Excellant performance.

3/14/2011 12:00:00 am

watch her bend!

by Andre -

This rod was bought for pond fishing and wading. When catching small bass on this rod it's just as fun as catching a monster! This rod is so sensitive and it's a blast for small fish!

6/14/2011 12:00:00 am

Greaat product

by Bill in Illinois -

Just received the rod and took it out to the lakes. This rod is great. It's a bit pricey, but well worth the money. Just great overall!!!

5/29/2012 12:00:00 am

6' 8 Avid Awesome rod!

by Underdog -

This Rod is excellent for Casting and drifting the great lakes for bass and Walleye. Very sensitive and one of the best rods I have used for this purpose. Highly recommended!

8/7/2009 12:00:00 am

Excellent Value Ultralight Rod

by TroutBum -

I use this rod for all species of trout in the smaller spring creeks of Western NC, near Asheville. I like these rods so much, that this is my second one (I also have a 5 footer that I purchased from FishUSA). It is so sensitive that even with the tiny spinners I use, I can feel the spinner blade vibrations through the handle, when retrieving the lure from a distance. I also have a St. Croix Avid fly rod that I purchased from FishUSA as well. I won't hesitate to purchase more equipment from them - they are very responsive and attentive.

9/4/2009 12:00:00 am

I would buy this product again and again

by Sam -

I own a wide range of fresh and saltwater fly, spinning, and casting St Croix rods.They are uncompromising quality at a value price tag.I will continue to purchase this product in the future.

5/6/2011 12:00:00 am

i would so buy this product again

by spicoli -

Great ultra light pole

8/3/2009 12:00:00 am

Great Purchase

by Scotty V. -

I love the pole for its amazing sensitivity and play while I'm actually bass fishing. Great for small lures and large fun!

6/5/2020 7:27 pm

St Croix Rod Order

by Steve

Ordered the 6’9 st croix medium light rod. It was difficult to find during the pandemic. Some companies indicated it was in stock, but had to backorder. Fish USA was true to their word, checked their inventory and shipped the day I ordered. It arrived in perfect condition in a crush proof tube. Great service and a quality made in the USA product. They earned my future business!

6/8/2020 1:23 pm

Best rod for the money..period!

by Fishman

Avid rods are by far, one of the best rods for my money. I own 7 of these in various actions from UL to heavy. These rods are light, strong, sensitive, and have a good feel/balance in hand. One of my Avid's is over 20 years old and it is still hauling in fish. If I could suggest one series of fishing rods, this is it!

8/6/2020 10:01 am

The only brand of rods I own!

by ChasByron

St Croix makes great rods and, while not cheap, are a great value for the money. These are the only rods in my locker. Trolling, bait casters, spinning rod and ice fishing rods are top pf the line

Cant be the warranty and customer service. I step on a rod, called the manufacture to see if it could be repaired (I was honest) and St Croix replaced the 5 year old rod free under warranty

3/16/2021 2:08 pm

Get them while they last

by KayakRiverBasser

This is the 4th St. Croix Avid I own. 2 are casting - a 7'MH/F and a 7'MH/XF. This is the 2nd spinning (a 7' M/F), the other is a 6'6 M/F. All in all, I think this is the sweet point in the St. Croix lineup relative to the Premier and the Legend Tournament, the other 2 lines I've tried. It's not the lightest rod on the market, but at $200, you'll have trouble coming close in a USA-made rod for value. I understand that these are being replaced by the Victory line, and I bought this one just because I have a sneaking suspicion that the new guides, handles, and other components won't be quite as good as this one. I hope not.