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Old 08-06-2008, 09:08 PM
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Default Scott G vs. St. Croix Avid

In the event that I like my Avid (have not cast it yet, still awaiting gear) better than my Imperial, which would you go with?

We are talking 9ft. 5wt here. And I prefer 2 piece rods.

When I went for my fly class, the instructor let me throw his Scott G. It was awesome. Made my Imperial feel like a telephone pole. A few have said that I would probably like the Avid over the Imperial. I'd be willing to save my pennies (as few as they are) and get a Scott G, as they are not made any more. The place where I found a few had a price of $375.
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Never thrown a Scott G but I have an Avid 8' 4 wt that I love and it is less than 1/2 the price of the Scott G. That said.... if money is no object buy the rod that feels the best to you.
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Default Re: Scott G vs. St. Croix Avid

When you get into the Scott G's it's like the Winston WT series, not as slow but close. Very delicate presentations, very smooth casting. You can't force them. I have a feeling you'd love it.
Not wanting to sound like a elitest, the Avid's not anywhere close to a G. Not saying the Avid is a bad rod, but it's not in the same league.
The G is an older rod. Are you sure it wasn't the G2 you casted. To me it's a little different than the G. Touch faster. But just as smooth.
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Default Re: Scott G vs. St. Croix Avid

No, it was a G. He said they didn't make them anymore and he was always trying to find them. I hooked him up with a place that sells older stuff. There's a bunch on there.

He said that this rod was his favorite. It melted in my hands. Even an ultra green novice like me could feel it so much better than the Imperial. Once he handed the Imperial back to me so I could practice some more, I felt disappointed. First lesson learned....
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Default Re: Scott G vs. St. Croix Avid

Learn to cast and fish with the St. C. Save up and get a G or an equivilent. Man (nor woman) lives by one fly rod alone.
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Default Re: Scott G vs. St. Croix Avid

You might want to check out the G2, as well but as noted above, it is a few steps up in price. I bought a 5 weight G2 recently, and it suits me perfectly for most of my fishing-- short to medium range delicate presentations, but it has a surprising amount of backbone when you need it. A local dealer was closing them out--not selling well (?), and discounted it by 30%.
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Default Re: Scott G vs. St. Croix Avid

The Avid is a completely different animal. It is medium fast, and the Scott is medium.
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Default Re: Scott G vs. St. Croix Avid

The Avid will feel much faster than a G, and a bit faster still than a G2.

Another discontinued gem to try is Sage's VPS Light or Light Line series. The latter was a top of the line gem, the former built on the same blank more recently without all the prettiest components. I've had a 490 VPS Light for about 8 years now and still love it.
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Default Re: Scott G vs. St. Croix Avid

These are 2 entirely different rods. The scott g2 is a soft presentation, preferably for dries. the avid is a little more stiffer,medium fast. The scott fights from the butt,saving your tippet,whereas the avid fights the fish further up. It depends what you like. GOOD LUCK.
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