Top 5 Scott Fly Rods

By Robert Johnson | Rods

Scott Fly Rods Review

When you’re talking about top-of-the-line fishing rods, you are most likely referring to Scott Fly rods. Scott Fly Rods has been around since 1974 and pride themselves for their passion in rod-making craftsmanship, namely how all their rods are handcrafted in Montrose, Colorado. They take pride in their simplistic design that omits the use of any paints that can potentially hide the beauty of the rod blank itself.

Their rods are manufactured with you in mind, and their attention to the most minute details are astounding. One example of this is their attention to rod vibration and how excess vibrations take away from the sensitivity of your rods, meaning less awareness to all those small nibbles. Their technology supposedly decreases the length of these vibrations and allows you to feel even more from your rod.

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  • Scott Radian Fly Rod
  • Fiber bonds with reinforced resins construction
  • Lenghts from 7'6'' to 10'
  • Fast action rod
  • Unique rod with excellent performance
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  • Scott A4 Fly Rod
  • Freshwater rod
  • Lenghts from 7'6'' up to 10'
  • Multi-modulus design
  • Great casting rod
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  • Scott L2H Fly Rod
  • Multi modulus design
  • Intended for two-handed use
  • Lenghts from 11' up to 15'
  • Easy to use
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  • Scott Saltwater Fly Rod
  • Designed for saltwater use
  • Accurate casting at far distances
  • Excellent recovery speed
  • Lenghts from 8'10 to 9'
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  • Scott Tidal Fly Rod
  • Designed for harsh conditions
  • Reinforced carbon composite construction
  • Multi modulus design
  • 9' in length

Furthermore, Scott Fly rods tries to do the opposite of what other rod manufacturers do, which is place less emphasis on a particular “magical” type of material used in each rod (as St. Croix does with their SCII graphite composite blanks). Instead, they focus their attention on their innovation and contributions to the rod-making industry, such as their multi-modulus lay ups and their graphite reinforcements.

Their X-Core technology increases in the inner diameter of the rod and creates a faster taper, both of which are meant to improve stability as well as power and control. The cherry on top would be that all these rods are manufactured entirely in the USA.

1. Scott Radian Fly Rod

The Scott Radian Fly Rod is a top-end Scott rod advertised based on the claims of its combination of fast action and amazing feel and won the International Fly Tackle Dealer Show, the largest international show of fly fishing organizations in the world, “Best of Show” in 2013. The Radian Fly rod utilizes their X-Core technology, giving the rod an enhanced feel with amazing performance.

 This rod also features fiberfuse technology which utilizes reinforced resins to strengthen fiber bonds within the rod. Lastly, the rod features their Advanced Reinforced Carbon that is intended to reduce torque while simultaneously increasing strength.

What you end up with is an incredibly different rod unlike anything else on the market. If that weren’t enough already, the Scott Radian Fly Rod offers two grip styles, named A and B, where B has a cork end in addition to the cork handle. 

There are a total of 21 models, all 4-piece, and range in lengths from 7’6” up to 10’0”. While the price on these rods are undoubtedly higher than what you will find from other brands, the technological advancement is well worth the price.

2. Scott A4 Fly Rod

The Scott A4 Fly Rod is a medium fast freshwater casting rod and is intended as a high-performance rod for beginning and advanced anglers alike. This rod features a multi-modulus design for flexibility and recovery and a natural finish that aims to increase strength while decreasing weight.

The A4 rods come in 20 models ranging in lengths from 7’6” up to 10’0”. The 10’0” length is additionally what makes this rod a great casting rod. Like the Radian rods, this line also features to grip styles, L and M, in which the latter features a cork end in addition to the handle.

Despite its retail price coming in at less than half than that of the Radian, the A4 rod still has some of Scott Fly’s advanced tech features such as the aforementioned multi-modulus design that allows the rod to load and unload efficiently.

As such, while its simplicity makes it ideal for beginners, its advancement make it a rod that won’t be easily outgrown. Anglers can use it as a beginner rod and transition with as they gain experience. So whether you are a novice or experienced angler, don’t hesitate to check out the Scott A4 Fly Rod. It is, without a doubt, priced higher than other beginner rods out there, but it will last you well past your beginner days and can be a rod you’re proud to carry as a more advanced angler.

3. Scott L2H Fly Rod

Scott’s L2H Fly Rod stand for “Two Handlers” and is what it sounds like – intended for two-handed use. The beauty behind these rods is their ability to maintain stability when applying forward power. The main features of this rod are the multi-modulus design, natural finish, and advanced reinforced carbon.

It has a medium-fast flex profile and medium-fast recover speed. This rod comes in two grip styles, J and K. Both styles have cork ends in addition to the cork handle; the main difference is the split handle on K is much thinner and longer, whereas the J style handle is mostly used on the shorter rods.

The L2H models come in nine different models with nice, long lengths starting at 11’0” and ranging up to 15’0”. What you’ll immediately notice, even when holding the longest of these rods, are their lightweight feel.

Upon casting it for the first time, you will be amazed at the strength with which you can propel your line forward and how solid the rod itself is. As you try to change direction, you should also notice how easy it is. Everything about this rod, including the price, is just simple and doesn’t require a second thought.

4. Scott Meridian Saltwater Fly Rod

The Meridian Saltwater Fly Rods, designed for harsh saltwater use, makes the claim of increased recovery speed as a way of efficiently transferring rod energy. The result is a more accurate cast at far distances and in harsher conditions.

The features on this rod are unique as they utilize React, a combination of the X-Core technology with a newer “complex” material and taper system. The combination of the two is meant to increase recovery speed, a huge facet of the Meridian Saltwater Fly Rod.

In addition to the X-Core technology, this rod also features Mil-Spec III, which are anodized reel seats and titanium guides that are intended to prevent corrosion. Lastly, the rod also features what the previous rods did with the advanced reinforced carbon.

This rod has a fast flex profile and the most rapid recovery speed Scott Fly Rods has to offer. This rod only features one type of grip in its fifteen models ranging from 8’10” to 9’0”; despite this, the grip itself is intended to give you a good, firm hold when casting. Though the price of this rod is relatively high, with all the technological nuances, you can expect to have a delight casting at far distances and watching your rod perform exactly the way you want it to.

5. Scott Tidal Fly Rod

The Scott Tidal Fly Rod is the fly rod you want with you out in the harshest saltwater. This fly rod is made using the latest advanced reinforced carbon composite blank which adds to the hoop strength and counteracts torque. This will make fly fishing in saltwater, an already difficult task, much easier.

Furthermore, this rod is made with a natural finish with the intention of keeping the rod as light as possible. This is exactly what you want in this sort of excursion. Lastly, this rod, as many of the others, utilizes the multi-modulus lay-up.

As this is a saltwater rod, the Scott Tidal Fly Rod has a fast flex profile and faster recovery speed. It comes in seven different models all with a length of 9’0’.

The primary difference between each model is the type of line used. For those who want to take on the challenge of fly fishing in harsh saltwater, this is the rod you ultimately want on your side. You will be casting fast, accurately, and easily.

Conclusion

It is without a doubt that Scott Fly Rods are high-end rods. They are not modest in price and, as such, the option of stocking up on multiple rods isn’t a realistic possibility for many. That said, these rods have an amazing performance. Unlike other brands that offer decent beginning rods for $30 or less and are more likely to break within a few months, Scott Fly rods are ones that beginners can hold on to for much longer.

The icing on the cake is that unlike numerous other fishing rod brands, Scott Fly Rods offers a lifetime warranty to the original owner. Taking this into consideration, you are much more likely to save money by investing in a high-quality rod rather than multiple beginner rods that snap more easily.

Whether you chose a higher end Scott Fly Rod like the Radian or the Meridian Saltwater, or a more modest rod, such as the A4 Fly rod, you will be getting the Scott Fly Rods guarantee of technological advancement in your rod. It is well worth the investment.

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Robert is the man behind the website. He created it to share his experiences with other passionate anglers across the globe. He started his angling career when he was a child and feel in love with nature and the sport in general. He has mastered nearly all ways of fishing and has tested the best angling equipment three decades back. Robert is our go-to guy when it comes to angling tips and he's always willing to help others become better anglers.

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