2007 Reader's Choice Award

2007 Reader's Choice Award

Scott G2 Fly Rods -- An instant classic

  • By: Buzz Bryson
My first Scott G series rod is over 25 years old and still gets used fairly regularly. At the time I acquired it, it was the gold standard in fly rods by a lot of anglers' thinking. By today's standards, it's a bit heavy and somewhat slow. Long in the tooth perhaps, yet still a model that has endured for years. These are rods that rarely get sold or traded by their owners. Then, in 2005 Scott shocked a lot of their loyalists by replacing the venerable G series rods with the new G2 series. But as soon as diehard Scott fans began casting the new G2's, their fears evaporated.In fact, anglers have been so quick to embrace this new series that FR&R readers selected it as their choice for this award. Scott's president, Jim Bartschi, says the G2 has been Scott's "all time best product introduction," making it an instant classic. In building the new rod, Bartschi incorporated new materials and designs to create a casting tool that retains the fishing characteristics and capabilities of that original G, but with greater feel and sensitivity. He said his design goals were to make the rod lighter, and feel even lighter still. Beyond that, he wanted the G2 to retain the delicate G-series presentation characteristics while at the same time containing enough power to reach out even farther than the original G. Interestingly, and consistent with Scott's iconoclastic approach to rods, the new G2 rods don't have flashy new colors or hardware. They sport the same unsanded "snake-belly" finish as the original G series. And the cork grip is pretty much a dead ringer for the one on the original. The hardware is a bit different, as is the thread color, but the resemblance is clearly and intentionally there. There are 11 models, covering 2- through 6-weights and in 7-foot, 7-inches through 9-foot lengths. All are in 4-piece configuration, a reflection not only of current market demand, but of another Scott tradition: The company has been a leader in multi-piece rods. Light, responsive and crisp without being stiff, the G2 isn't designed for parking lots. To truly appreciate it, one must get it on the stream. FR&R readers have spoken: A great tradition has been reborn.