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    I have 3 Scott rods that I would not trade for anything else I have ever fished with. I do live in CO, so I may be bias, but I love that their rods are handmade here. I agree with the comment about them being more specialty rods, rather then general purpose rods...except for maybe the A series.

    I have no feedback on the Muskie. The rods I have are a 9ft 6wt S4 that I use for streamer fishing and nymphing. A 8'8" 4wt G2 for dry flies and smaller rivers, and a 7ft 3wt F for small mountain streams.

    I think that the above comments about the G2 say all that needs to be said about it, and the F is just a small stream dream. I think it is the perfect rod and I would not change a thing about it.

    I feel the S4 sometimes get judged unfairly. It has a ton of back bone, and yes it is fast. It is after all a fast action rod. But it has a wonderfully soft and delicate tip. I use a ton for nymphing on the S. Platte with 5, 6 and 7x leaders and tippet with no problem. It protects these light tippets very well, but still has the backbone to haul in the big boys and throw weighted streamers with ease. A friend just bought a 9ft 6wt BVK from TFO and we traded rods while nymphing two weeks ago for a while, and the tip of his rod was so much stiffer and took away the feel that you get with the S4. Anyway...I love it. A soft tip with a fast mid section and stout butt is the perfect S. Platte rod in my mind.

    I have never fished the S4 in a 5wt, so I can't comment on that. The other comment about personality is spot on. The Scott rods jave something that the Sage, and other companies just don't have and it is hard to pin point. I think Winston has the same kind of thing as the Scott, but maybe a little less in your face about it. The unsanded blanks and internal ferrules just say...I don't care if I am different...I am here to catch fish.

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    If you think about it, Scott tends to march to their own beat. For instance, at $395.00 for the A4 it would seem that Scott doesnít offer the usual sub $300.00 entry level fly rod, like so many other American rod companies do, whether they be American or offshore builds.
    Some might say that those companies could be better served by once again following Scottís lead, by simply producing a better rod in both performance and aesthetics and pricing it accordingly.

    Iíll take the heat for this, but it wonít change my belief that some of the American built sub $300.00 rod series that have been offered over the past couple of decades, likely hindered the development of casting skills in entry level anglers. Many of them werenít built to be entry level rods aimed at developing skill sets. They were simply the nearest thing to a fly rod that those companies could push out the door with a made in the U.S.A. sticker on them, at a given price point.
    A price point I might add, that still hasnít broken the $300.00 barrier in the case of some companies or substantially risen, in a quarter century.
    Some would hail that as a great accomplishment in manufacturing efficiency and a win for the consumer. However, given that each new sub $300.00 American built offering is heralded as an all new design and knowing that wages, energy, distribution and material costs have all gone up over that same quarter century. It would seem evident, that this is simply a case of it being easier to provide less, rather than to raise the entry level price. By the same notion, I also believe that in the under $300.00 range, a well informed beginner will find better products available to them, if they look to the import rod market.

    There was a time when the rod builders of the world said youíd never see a workable 9í - 4 weight fly rod, then Scott invented one.

    So what does this all have to do with my thoughts of the upper echelon Scott products. Well Iím extremely tainted there. Many years ago they ran a campaign for their new series of rods, basically saying that ďit takes a village to raise a childĒ, thatís my spin on it. That this new series of rods was developed with the input of many people, dealers, guides, noteworthy casters, you name it. I was one of those ď you name itís ď.
    Iíve always looked at that project as either, 1) I got my way and they didnĎt listen to anyone else. Or more likely 2) A great many anglers were looking for exactly the same thing out of a rod as I was. In any case, there are a great many of those rod seriesí seeing daily, general purpose duty out here and I have absolutely no plans of ever retiring my many rods of that series.
    Those are not the only Scottís I own, but they are the ones I most cherish.

    Iím by no means a Scott only loyalist, over the years Iíve owned rods by every major rod builder and still do have rods by most of them. However, I donít agree that Scott only produces specialty rods. I will say that they donít necessarily produce upper echelon fast rods for entry level or intermediate casters.
    Just as not all anglers wouldíve been best served by a Loomis GLX, Sage XP or ( insert your own analogous rod series here ).

    Best to you all, TT

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    Good post. I think what I meant was more that Scott has not tried to build "One" general rod to try and do everything, which usually resultes in not doing anything exceptionally well.

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    well i know this. I own 4 scotts, all g2s also own or have owned winston loomis sage and some others. to me nothing fishes for my style of fishing like the scotts. other come and go or get fished occasionally. but 90% of the time when i head to the water i grab one of my scotts.

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    I have two #4s (7'7" and 9' G2 and G), G2 845/4 (a great dry fly rod), a G2 886/4 which does it all for a six weight, a G 956/4 which is a great nymph and SH spey rod, an ARC 1196/4 switch and a LS2 1408/4. I owned other Scotts before being seduced by the green. I've only got one of them left and I think it is a Scott in disguise.

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    I own and love my Scott S4 905/4. It will not cast a small dry within 25 feet, but thatís why people own G2s. The S4 905 is an amazing rod for high wind, indicator nymph rigs, hopper copper dropper, streamers and any other non-delicate fishing situations; when you don't fish a G2. I have also been thinking about their Muskie/Pike rod and you should try one out before you choose.

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    While I've acquired two more Scott rods since I last posted, I do have to agree with the comments about trying before you buy. The only complaints I've had with Scott rods have been with the rods I bought without casting first. Just because you've got three G2s and love them all doesn't mean that the next G2 you get will automatically be one you'll love. A few inches longer or shorter or one line weight heavier or lighter seems to change the action of Scott rods more than it does with other rod series I've cast.

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