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    I'm seeking a few more opinions on how capable the Scott G Series 5wt rods are for nymphing. I was able to get out and cast the 885 today, and it is a really sweet feeling rod. The only trouble is that I can't quite justify a $900 "dry fly only" rod at the moment, and depending on who you ask, opinions range from considering it an all-around trout rod to a dry fly specialist.

    I would certainly understand the 884 being a dry fly specialist, but I was hoping that going up to the 5wt would make for more versatility. For those who have the 885 or 905, what do you think of it for light/moderate nymphing? Maybe a size 6 rubberlegs, a size 10 dropper, and a small indicator?
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    I'm going to reply with the best info I can give - The GS 885 is a pretty versatile rod, it will handle a nymph rig, dries, dry dropper, and potentially a smaller indicator or terrestrials.....it is considered the all around trout rod in the G Series, optimized for walk and wade medium sized (30-50 foot wide type) water. It is not a powerful, large water, long distance, rod. It is a trout rod in the truest sense. But, by trout, I don't mean small salmon and 70-200' wide rivers, unless you are on a drift boat hitting eddies and side channels. AND....it is not a high wind rod, it will handle some wind, but if it gets really gusty 25-30+ mph winds....it's time to grab a higher powered complimentary stick.

    If you want to hear it from the horses mouths, so to speak, I would suggest you call Scott....ask for Jim Bartschi, tell him Outlaw said hi, and ask him to give you the full rundown on the 885's capabilities. He will gladly do so. Additionally, you could call Telluride Anglers, the largest Scott dealer in the world, ask for John Duncan or Richard Post, again, tell them Outlaw said hi and ask for the rundown. Conversely, both Scott and Telluride Anglers have very solid reviews and details about the GS 885 on their websites which are very accurate. Lastly, the GS884 is more versatile than just a dry fly specialist rod too. Hope that helps!

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    Before the Euro-nymph craze hit, that's what we all used to nymph with, was general (dry fly) trout rods.

    While I cannot speak to your specific situation, I used to have a G2 884, and used it to nymph, and it was fine. In fact, I preferred to a Sage ESN. I got a GS 884 when those came out, and I believe those are even more capable. Now, I am not talking night and day difference, but the GS is an incremental improvement in the general trout category, while still retaining the sweet dry fly action the Scott Gs in all of their iterations are famous for.

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    Thanks! I've read everything on the Telluride Anglers website about 10 times, but I'll give them (another) call. Last couple of times I've called Scott Jim was out, but I'll keep trying.

    Optimizing for walk and wade sounds great. What about from a drift boat?

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    What type of nymphing are you planning on doing?

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    Quote Originally Posted by boisker View Post
    What type of nymphing are you planning on doing?
    The heaviest setup I have in mind for the 5wt is an upcoming trip where I'll likely use a yarn indicator, #6 Pat's Rubberlegs, #10ish dropper, and no split shot.

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    Default Re: Nymphing with the Scott G Series

    Quote Originally Posted by johan851 View Post
    I'm seeking a few more opinions on how capable the Scott G Series 5wt rods are for nymphing. I was able to get out and cast the 885 today, and it is a really sweet feeling rod. The only trouble is that I can't quite justify a $900 "dry fly only" rod at the moment, and depending on who you ask, opinions range from considering it an all-around trout rod to a dry fly specialist.

    I would certainly understand the 884 being a dry fly specialist, but I was hoping that going up to the 5wt would make for more versatility. For those who have the 885 or 905, what do you think of it for light/moderate nymphing? Maybe a size 6 rubberlegs, a size 10 dropper, and a small indicator?
    Back in the day (1985), I had Scott put together a 10', 5wt. original "G" Series fly rod for me. Through the years, it has been one of my favorite rods for nymphing, casting small streamers and dries. I am unable to find the thread at the moment, but someone on this forum contacted Scott when the new G's came out and was able to order that same configuration. I just do not consider a fly rod under 9' as a really good choice for nymphing, especially when it comes to larger rivers, heavy flows and fishing from a drift boat.



    I am using that 10', 5wt. Scott "G" Series, for nymphing, here on the East Walker River in the Eastern Sierra while my son, foreground, uses a 10', 5wt. Loomis Streamdance...



    Same Scott 10, 5wt. from a drift boat on the Madison River...

    If you have not nymphed with a 10', 5wt. fly rod see if someone you know has one and give it a spin on the water...


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    Default Re: Nymphing with the Scott G Series

    I would think the Scott series is a really good rod for nymph fishing. I used a IMG Winston (moderate action) for all around fishing for many years. When I think of dry fly specialist rods its more along the lines of a Sage One. Optimally Euro style nymphing utilizes a long rod with a flexible tip to accurately cast (lob) a rig but any rod will Euro nymph in a pinch. It can be better described as tight line nymphing.

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    Czech nymphing, maybe~

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    Quote Originally Posted by johan851 View Post
    The heaviest setup I have in mind for the 5wt is an upcoming trip where I'll likely use a yarn indicator, #6 Pat's Rubberlegs, #10ish dropper, and no split shot.
    Ever thrown that rig with a 6 wt? If you haven't, don't. It'll cost you money in new rods.....

    I'm on a personal crusade to counter the mantra of the "universal 9' 5wt" and spread the love of the benefits of using a 6wt instead. There are a lot of people working way harder than they should- and enjoying themselves way less than they could because of the misconception about how "versatile" the 5 wt is. If fly shops said it was mediocre at everything, people could have a great nymph/Indicator/streamer rod in a 6wt, and just lengthen their leader for dries if a hatch came off. And oh yeah- it would be head and shoulders better in the wind, too.

    You're gonna work your butt off to throw those bugs with that rod- It'll do it, but why would you want to?! Get a GREAT dry fly rod, and a 6wt. Be happy.

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