In early September we took a trip out west to do a little fly fishing and really put the Scott G2 t the test. I was really excited to put it through the tribulations of non stop dawn to dusk fly-fishing. This year we would hit some streams that I was not familiar with give me the opportunity to really see ho it worked in unknown waters.
It was really dry out west this year. Before heading out to the area where we would be stationed I stopped in at some local fly shops just to hear how things were going. It was the first time, I can recall guide after guide coming in saying there clients are not catching anything. This had me a little concerned as we went out earlier than normal. I was hoping it was not a mistake.
The first day, we went to visit my favorite beaver ponds. The river had really changed a lot. Things had really opened up and widened out. The Scott G2 I purchased is a 4wt. After a lot of trials with three weights and five weights I felt this was going to be the perfect rod to offer the combination of distance and adeptness to tight spots. I was amazed at the power it had, to shoot the line out across the beaver pond and turn over even larger flies with a delicate presentation The casting was extremely smooth and very forgiving. The rod was especially light and easily handled 10+ hours a day.
We also had access to another beaver pond on private land that has plenty of 24 inch plus trout. The rod has plenty of backbone for landing these larger trout. However, I was not able to get the right combination of leader and tippet to bring one of these hogs to net without breaking the line.
All in all this is now my favorite rod. The only area of improvement I would point out. Would be the cork. On this single trip, I found a couple areas where the cork filling had popped out leaving a hole in the handle. This could be an isolated case but is worth noting. I have not doubt Scott will correct it if I were to return it for repair.
One this trip we had a newbie with and were trying to get them to catch the fly-fishing. We took a day to go visit the park and on the way back, I figured we would stop and grab a bite to eat at a very special place soaked with trout fishing history. I was hoping this would give everyone the chance to get a glimpse of what life should be like and to hopeful come away with an understand of a lifestyle that is second to none.
As the Sun started to set and cast an Orange glare across the Henry’s Fork we pulled into the Trout Hunter. Parking lot lined with drift boats from the days adventures, the Trout Hunter is owned and operated by the Harrop family and is a melting pot of food, art, entertainment and fly-fishing supplies. More importantly, its an unofficial museum of trout fishing history, easily seen in the art of Rene’ Harrop an other feature artists. Sitting at the table in the grill, I could not help but feel giddy in the moment, as people passed by with raccoon eyes and bright smiles from the rewards the day offered. As you sit in the grill, staring across the Henry’s Fork and listening to the fishing tales of the day and past. You can not help but realize this is what life is about. Moments like this spent amongst friends and even strangers with shared common bonds and passions.
If your interested, pictures from the trip are located here.
Wyoming – Idaho 2006