We are proud to introduce the family of Scott Fly Rods to our arsenal at the Bighorn Angler. Scott has been producing high quality fly rods here in the U.S.A since the 70’s and has not wavered from their core values ever since. Each member of the Scott staff is a fly fisherman and the proof is in their rods. Unlike some competitors aiming to build the lightest, fastest rod on market in an attempt to keep up with the industry trend. Scott builds premium fishing tools that make the anglers that fish them better equipped for the challenges they face on the water.
The proof is in the putting with the 2013 release of the Scott Radian lineup of rods, which set a new benchmark for premium fast action fly rods earning the title – “Best new rod” at the International Fishing Tackle Dealer show last year. The Radian series is the most impressive series since the release of the Hardy Zenith several years ago. Scott describes this series as ‘Fast with feel.’ They are exactly that.
We naturally compared the 9′ 5 weight Radian against the Orvis Helios 2 tip flex and the Hardy Zenith two of the other most popular five weights here at the shop. We tested all three rods with a Cortland Platinum fly line, which is rated a half size heavier to properly load fast action fly rods. The H2 was very comparable in actual weight and swing weight, but completely lacked the “feel” present with the Radian. Unlike the H2, you could actually throw small dries at close distances with the Radian. The Zenith is close second to the Radian – both are deadly accurate – the Scott had slightly more feel allowing the angler to better manipulate their fly line. The beauty of the Radian is that you can fish it in close with a size 20 BWO or pound it out 50 feet with a hopper with the same sense of ease.
So, here is the technical jargon behind it all. Scott developed a couple technologies in the past couple years, the React and X-core. “ReAct technology combines X-Core design with a new complex materials and taper system to create a break-through in fast action rod design. Distance, control and accuracy are compromised by waves that vibrate in the rod, even after the cast has been made. Simply making the rod stiffer to stop these vibrations kills feel. ReAct counteracts energy sapping vibrations by speeding the recovery of the blank without the need to stiffen the rod with more material. This puts the feel in fast.” This all results in the lightest, smoothest 5 weight we have ever fished. Overall, the Radian has the gold medal. This is the lightest, smoothest 5 weight we have ever fished.
A rod that has been on the market for a few years and has gained a cult like following by die hard slow action rod lovers is the G2. As a fan and owner of several original G series rods, I was excited to see them reintroduce this rod. I’ll be honest and say they are not quite what the original G’s were, but are still sweet rods. They certainly look better than their original counterparts. I believe the best rod of this series is the 9′ 5 weight. It has a fair amount of backbone to chuck a nymph rig but will throw small dries with ease. These rods are also very light in the hand. If you are a fan of slower action rods this is for you.
I have always enjoyed the progression of the Alpha series since they were introduced in the 90’s. I have owned the A2 and A3 rods and enjoyed both of them immensely. The A4 features an upgraded wood reel seat and un-sanded blank. The rod has softened up a bit from previous versions but has a nice medium fast action that will suit any caster. A highlight of this series is the 9’6″ 6 weight rod. We really like this for nymphing as it has a nice, easy loading flex into the mid part of the rod that produces excellent roll casts and the extra 6″ makes mending a breeze.
The best part about Scott rods? They are all made in the US. Telluride, Colorado to be exact. These guys still care immensely about their company and it shows with their great customer service and dedication to building well designed rods. Stop in the shop and test cast one today!
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