Well, my new Scott A3 9'0" 9 wt. passed it's saltwater Striper audition with flying colors!
What a nice action rod for casting Clousers / Deceivers. No "thump" at the end of the backcast/forecast; so the casting was easy; even in 10-15 knots of wind from a boat that was bouncing around quite a bit in the chop (current and wind opposed). It's also a rod that responds very well to hauling; you can actually feel the rod load and see it increase it's bend when you haul.
I also discovered something new; new to me, that is. I found that with this rod I was delaying my hauls significantly. Usually, I'm hauling with the same action as I'm casting; same speed-up / same abrupt stop; so that the two are more or less mirror images of each other; the right hand and the left hand moving at about the same speed in different directions. With his rod, I changed that; I delayed the haul until I was about 1/2 way through my casting stroke, and I noticed a definite increase in loading when I delayed the haul; almost like what you'd get from a lengthened casting stroke. Really nice! This will quickly become my "go to" rod for Stripers; tossing flies that are up to 4/0, heavy, feathered and bulky.
We fished 3 rivers; the main stem of the Kennebec (from Bath down to the ocean off Sequin Island) and two lateral streams that communicate between the Kennebec and other rivers; Back River and the Sasanoa. Up here in Casco Bay, "river" actually means what everyone else in the world would consider to be a "fjord"; these are tidal rivers that are primarily salt fingers stretching up about 10 miles in from the ocean.
The fish were picky and fat; obviously feeding well on the plentiful bait fish. But, they were staying deep; 15-25' down; probably due to the very hot weather and where the bait fish were hanging. So, it was a challenge casting, waiting about 30 seconds for the 300 gr. line to sink to the proper depth and then stripping in with enough animation to imitate the bait fish, but slowly enough to keep the line and fly down to the right depth for as long as possible
Some nice strikes and some nice fish! The one below was caught from a backcast that bounced off a piling at the cottage to the left of the red one in the picture background; so you can see how quickly the current was running. It took about 6-7 minutes to land; even though it was only about 2' long; a lot of fight in that fish and great markings! And, as I mentioned above, you can see that they're obviously feeding well on the bait fish!
I like that rod!