Brand new is the Scott Radian series of fast action fly rods. At the ICAST/AFFTA trade show, these rods won both the BEST IN SHOW, and BEST FRESHWATER ROD simultaneously, which is an industry first. The Radian has been a real point of pride for us, as it has been a revelation to fish with, and a blast to help develop.
One of the interesting things that we have seen is that the Radian has brought a large amount of interest from those who have never known or owned a Scott before, and they are surprised to learn some of the below facts:
Scott Fly Rods was a direct composition of the think tank and scene that surrounded the Golden Gate Casting Ponds and then vibrant fishing scene around San Francisco. Founder Harry Wilson was a perennial at the ponds, and he named his company Scott in tribute to his son who dared him to build a better fly rod than was commonly available. Being an excellent engineer and angler, Harry soon quit his job as an executive to follow his passion for building fine fly rods.
Since then, Scott has been a leading worldwide innovator in fly rod design. Scott introduced the world’s first nine foot four weight graphite rod, created the first five-piece fly rod, and the first spey rod lighter than an eight weight. A Scott Bluewater was also the rod used when the very first Great White Shark was ever caught on a fly. All of these rods built one at a time, by hand, in Colorado USA.
Scott has always been a little bit different from the other fly rod manufacturers. Scott has steadfastly refused to sell rods to the big box retailers, but rather to focus on the specialty fly shops that are the essence of this sport. This means that the Scott dealer base is a tightly focused and elite group, and are the top in their area.
Scott Fly Rods will always be designed, not through a marketing study, or sales focus group, but by anglers for anglers. There is a fundamental difference in the feel of the rods and the manner in which they advance the abilities of all anglers. All Scott rods are excellent angling tools, and stand the test of time on the water. Many Scott rods built 2 or 3 decades ago still see daily action on the water.