I prefer to stick to the tributaries, smaller streams and spring creeks. There is just something about stalking big wary trout and tight undercut banks. I just am not a big fan of big waters and floating. My current fly rod arsenal is made up of a Winston DL4 9ft 6wt and WT 7′ 3wt. The 3wt has been my all around rod for a couple of years now. I have tried others Sage, Orvis etc. but have come to love Winston Rods. During my last few trips out west I came to realize I wanted something with a little more kick to handle smaller hoppers and streamers and to give me a little more distance.
When I received my 3wt Winston, I was a little disappointed in the craftsmanship. Glue finger prints on the reel seat, crooked logos etc. However, The rod its self casts like a dream just as you would expect from a green stick.
In preparation for a trip out west this fall, I decided I would add a 4wt that should handle up 95% of my fishing and leave the 3wt for smaller mountain streams. At first it was natural that I return to Winston. The logical choice was a 8′ TMF or a Boron II. As I was looking at them, I could not get over the disappointment of the 3wt so, I decided to consider others.
Scott Fly Rods has been making a splash on the rod scene for a couple years now and I figured I would give them a look. They are marketing the new G2 as a technical water rod and this just seemed to fit the bill. After speaking with them a couple of times via email, I decided to visit the local fly shop for a closer look.
The local fly shop only had one G2 8’4” 4wt. After handling it and noticing some unique design features, I decide this was it. The G2 is very light at 2.6oz, Scott does not smooth out the blanks so, the rod has a ribbed feel down the length. The western grip was made from a nice grade of cork and sanded down enough to fit smaller hands. This also shaves weight off. The rod comes with an aluminum case and rod bag. The rod bag is not as nice as the embroidered version that comes with Winstons, but does have a handy string for tying things tight. The craftsmanship is superb. Not a single nick or scratch on it anywhere. The burled maple insert is also a very nice touch. One unique feature is the measuring wraps. These can be used as a measuring tool for measuring your catch. My favorite feature is the alignment dots.
These are placed on every ferrule and help in aligning the guides. I think this is one of the best features show how well the rod was thought out. The true test will come this fall when I put the rod too the test on some western streams. Check back this fall for part two of the review.