Posted By Kent Klewein on February 3, 2009
I’m not posting this gear review to state Scott Fly Rods are superior to all other fly rods on the market. However, they are the fly rods that I choose to personally fish with, provide for my clients, and recommend to anglers getting into the sport. The purpose of this post is to give you my honest feedback on the different Scott rod lines I choose to fish and why.
First off, before I get into details on the rods I want to say I really like the fact that Scott Fly Rods are made 100% in the United States. With our country’s current economic status and trade deficits I really appreciate a company dedicated to building product in house. Bottom-Line, I’d like to see more fly fishing manufacturers follow their lead.
The two main Scott rod lines I choose to fish are the S4 series and the G2 series. Each day I decide on which rod line I’ll use depending on the type of water I’ll be fishing, my clients experience level, and the type of flies and techniques that’s going to be used for the day. Below you’ll see a breakdown of why I choose each line to best suit my needs on the water.
In simplistic terms, I choose the G2 series when I know I’m going to be guiding novice fly anglers, primarily using a dry/dropper rig, or targeting spooky fish on technical water.
I choose the Scott G2 series for novice anglers because of the medium action. I truly feel it’s much easier to teach fly casting to newcomers with a rod that has a slower action. In my opinion, this type of action makes it easier for my clients to feel the rod loading. In turn, they pick up the casting stroke much quicker than me trying to teach them with a fast action rod like the S4 series, that’s harder to feel load with a beginner’s skill level.
If I know I’ll be stowing away the strike indicators, BB split shot, and heavy streamers for the day to fish with a dry/dropper rig I’ll usually choose to pack up the G2 series. The G2 is a dry fly fisherman’s dream come true. Bottom-line, the rod does a great job of presenting your fly accurately and delicately. Having these qualities in the rod allows my clients to have a higher success rate in hooking up with spooky fish because the presentation cast is able to be laid out nice and soft on the water.
Now, I’m not saying the G2 is only good for dry fly fishing. I’ll personally use it for all techniques in fly fishing and it performs fine. However, I’m not a beginner and because of that there are tmes when I’ll choose to leave this rod line at home and pack the S4 series. If you’re an angler that prefers a medium action rod over a fast action rod I would recommend going with one weight size larger than you would normally.
As far as what weight rod I would recommend for the G2 series for trout fishing here are my suggestions. If you live out West or anywhere where you can get away with fishing big attractor or hopper patterns I would choose a six weight rod. This is especially true if you’re in an area where windy conditions are the norm. However, if you live in the East like I do, I really like the five weight. I generally fish small to average size dry flies, and windy conditions normally are not a daily occurrence.
Basically, in my opinion, I feel like the G2 rods run a little on the light side as far as the weight and feel. A six weight is like a strong five weight, and a five weight is like a strong four weight. It is important to note that I’ve not cast every weight rod in this rod line. As far as I know, the G2 three weight could cast exactly like a true three weight should feel and cast. Generally with all fly rod brands there is a little variation in action and feel between rod weights. This is because everyone has their own idea of what a particular rod weight should feel like. One thing’s for sure, Scott nailed down the perfect technical fishing action in the G2 series rod and that’s why I use it in my arsenal of gear.
In simplistic terms, I choose the S4 series when I know I’m going to be guiding intermediate to advanced fly anglers, primarily fishing tandem nymph rigs and streamers, or fishing in windy conditions.
The S4 series is a fast action rod and is able to handle casting heavily weighted flies and windy conditions with ease. For anglers who fish all sizes of water and want a great all around rod, it’s hard to go wrong with the S4 series. It’s plenty capable of fishing dry flies to streamers and the fast action allows you to deliver long casts in windy conditions. I particularly like the S4 series with beginners when I know I’ll be fishing a tandem nymph rig most of the day. It seems to be much easier for them to roll cast and lay out a leader straight with a heavy rig.
As far as what weight rod I would recommend for the S4 series for trout fishing here are my suggestions. From my casting experience with the S4 series I find the weight of the rods to be matched very accurately. A five weight rod feels like a true five weight. So choose your rod weight according to the area you fish. I will say, that I like the S4 six weight for having the sufficient rod action to cast above average streamers on floating line in low water, and it really excels when fishing heavy tandem nymph rigs on big rivers in windy conditions.
Before I finish I’d like to touch base on the problems with the older S3 series that was replaced by the S4 series. When the S3 series originally was introduced a few years back there was a problem with the graphite being very fragile. Many anglers, including myself, had problems with the rod tips breaking. Don’t make the mistake of judging Scott Fly Rods quality solely by this single line. The problems have been addressed and the design team has completely eliminated this problem. The new S4 series is superior in every element to the older S3, and I’ve not had any problems with the rods breaking. Believe me, my clients and I have put them through a rigorous work out and they have passed with flying colors.
Next time your in a fly shop ask to cast these Scott Fly Rod lines. I’m confident you’ll be very pleased with them and choose them for your rods of choice on the water. For more information about Scott Fly Rods, feel free to visit their website at www.scottflyrod.com
For my local clients looking at casting or purchasing a Scott Fly Rod you can visit The Fish Hawk in Atlanta, GA. The Fish Hawk Team are all very competent on these fly rod lines and friendly.