Only one year separates St. Croix Rods, founded in 1951, and the Sport Fish Restoration Act of 1950. Both are enduring fixtures in commerce and conservation. Fly rods, spinning rods, bait casters—their production and the excise tax paid by the company puts money into the hands state fishery management agencies, paying for essential boats, electrofishers, PFDs, scale readers, salaries, and more.