New from Scott Fly Rods for 2011
Scott Fly Rods is one of those companies that usually refreshes certain series in a predictable pattern. Their bread-and-butter fast action trout and salt rods (the S4 and S4s respectively) are still in the middle of their cycle, but it's time for them to unveil their middle-range rods, and they've done something surprising this time around, with three new models. Previously, the A3 series (descended from the Scott "Alpha" line) had included both single and two-handed rods.
Scott A4 (Click to Enlarge)
This year, the new A4 series will run only in single-hand models, starting with a 7 1/2-foot 3-weight and running up to a 9-foot 12-weight, all for the same price of $375. The A4 has been updated to be lighter, faster, and have better quality wraps and components (Check out Scott President Jim Bartschi's audio interview here!)
Scott L2h (Click to Enlarge)
Meanwhile, Scott took the covers off a brand new moderate-priced two-handed line, the L2h series, which is also descended from the Alpha line but had flowered into an entire series. The L2h will be available in nine different 4-piece models, from an 11-foot 5-weight "switch" rod on up to a monster 15-foot 10-weight. They will retail from $475 to $575; solidly in the middle price range for two handed rods.
Scott M (Click to Enlarge)
Finally, comes the surprise. Scott announced its Custom Shop last year, inviting anglers to design their own rods using high-end componentry through the Scott web site, to be made to order. Although some great rods were whipped up, Bartschi admits that some anglers didn't really trust their own taste. So, Scott is announcing the M Series, which, like the high-end BMW car line of the same name, is asouped-up and tricked-out line of models selected from other series and given bamboo-grade componentry (and a tasteful color scheme). For example, the four weight blank is the popular 8-foot, 8-inch G2 blank, while the M series 9-foot 8-weight will be drawn from the S4s line. The rods retail for $975 across the board.