Fly rods come and go. What’s hot today, is not tomorrow. Its all about market demands, I guess. This is not to say that change is a bad thing. This constant evolution has produced some mighty fine rods; we keep pushing ahead. Still it seems odd to think we really need all this flux. After all fishing hasn’t really changed. And it urks anglers to discover the high-end, expensive rod they bought last year is now deemed outdated.
Scott 4 piece ,”G” series, Fly Rod
Years ago fly rod manufacturers took life at a slower pace, one in spirit with the soul of fly-fishing. A rod model would go on, and on. Scott’s ”G” series is a great example. Born in the mid 1970′s, they were in production, and hot demand, for over a quarter century. Even today, anglers prowl the internet hoping to score a used one. The “G” series is legendary. I’m not kidding you.
Scott “G” Series rod
Why are they so loved? For one thing, quality was top notch. Look at the windings in the picture above. Sweet. After 25 years, this rod still looks great. Hard chrome stripping guide, ceramic insert, agate-like ring. The rod’s serial number appears on every section. Yes, there is even a red dot for proper ferrule alignment. Now that’s attention to detail.
Scott “G” series Internal Ferrule
More importantly, the “G” series were silky caster. With a moderate progressive action, they are wonderful wands, offering superb control at short to medium range. Scott had developed a way of testing individual rod sections so - when mated – they worked as a whole. They called it “Flex Rating”. And the ferrules were part of that smooth performance too. Back in 1958, Jim Green had revolutionized nonmetal ferrules with his tip-over-butt design, dubbed the Fenwick Feralite Ferrule. As innovative as they were, these ferrules were challenged in the early 1970′s by the internal (spigot) ferrule. This type of ferrule was less likely to produce a “dead spot” in the action; it looked better too. Win,win.
Scott “G” series Reel Seat
When you look at the whole package, it’s no wonder the “G” series reached cult status. They’re “timeless” classic fly rods, as good on the stream now as they were then. I wish I owned a bunch. Anybody out there ready to sell me one?
At some point down the road, I’ll post on some other “oldie but goodies”, including Winston “glass” rods. Amigo, I have a slew of them, and fish then often. I also own a fine, contemporary “glass” rod I’d like to show you. It was made by Japanese custom rod builder Yasuyuki Kabuto. Hope you’re fishing. Hope you’re having fun!