Jun 28, 2013 at 3:35 pm #74187
Looks like the gloves have come off of this one so I am going to go ahead and tip my cards.
The new flagship Scott “Radian” is coming out at the Show in a couple weeks. I threw this rod when it was in prototype on my trip out West last summer. This is Scott’s flagship line and it replaces the S4. Frankly, to my mind it is a whole lot better rod.
I was tossing it primarily with dry flies in a 5 weight. I’ve been told some additional tweaks were made after the model I threw, but that was a very fine stick. It’s faster than the G2 but has more tip flex and feel than the current S4. As you would expect from a company like Scott, it has an extremely high-end feel.
For me the question is always ‘will they get the look right?’ Scott has been favoring very stripped down rods of late.
I think the cosmetics are absolutely gorgeous: black blank with silver and orange wraps, a cool reel seat and a full wells grip. Scott and probably every other manufacturer have been wanting to release full-wells trout rods for years, because they really do provide a better grip for the angler. The perception was that the full wells didn’t look as nice and therefore it would hurt sales. Scott tried a reverse half wells back in the late-1990s, as did St. Croix, and I think back then that perception was verified.
However everyone owes a debt of gratitude to Sage for releasing the ONE with the full wells and thereby making it cool. Image is everything, I guess. At any rate, the industry perception is now that we have a green light to make the rod we wanted all along, so we end-users benefit from a better grip. I am told the trout-sized Radians have a slimmer diameter than the saltwater models on their grips, however.
I have a G2 5 weight which I dearly love, so it really pains me to say this, but I am afraid the Radian may drive it into obsolescence. The Radian has much of the feel of the G2 but more speed and more backbone, which is nice for hucking streamers and heavy nymph rigs (where the G2 is admittedly somewhat lacking).
PS Click-through for hi-res.Jun 28, 2013 at 7:37 pm #74191
I also cast the #6 weight, which I thought was a terrific all-rounder. I have the #5 and #6 on the way and looking forward to stretching them next season!
BeechyJun 28, 2013 at 7:38 pm #74192
Yep, she’s a beauty. I’m gonna guess 750-775 ?Jun 28, 2013 at 11:06 pm #74193
I think that’s about right, Randy. Especially for the domestic makers, the prices have to keep going up just for them to stay in one place in terms of profitability/survival.
ZachJun 29, 2013 at 4:15 am #74195
I’ve been fortunate enough to spend some time with both the 905 and 904. I echo much of your sentiment. I much prefer the new grip over the standard “Trout Western” and find the rod head and shoulders above the S4. Working for a fly shop I get the opportunity to cast and/or fish a wide variety of gear. I’ve found the Radian to be very light in hand, equipped with plenty of power and simultaneously capable of delicacy. As a lover of the G2 I do at times long for a faster stick, especially in windy conditions. The first time out with the Radian I spent time nymphing, throwing small dries close in and throwing hoppers up to 50-60 feet in 10-15 mph winds. The rod handled everything with ease.
My heart isn’t ready to admit any G2 obsolescence, but I imagine I’ll reach for the Radian a bit more frequently.
JasonJul 16, 2013 at 12:54 pm #74303
Randy the announced price was $795 just to follow up on your question. The rod is now on the website. However, I’ve heard from friends at Scott that these may wind up being hard to come by for a while–much like a new Nikon camera, the demand is overwhelming the supply. My buddy Ian Crabtree said he was absolutely swamped (he’s the guy who fills the orders). So if you see one in your local fly shop and you’re considering getting one, you might want to hop because that fly shop is probably going to have to wait to get refreshed once the initial batch sells out. Scott is at full capacity making these right now.
ZachJul 17, 2013 at 12:45 pm #74315
Thanks Zach, I’ll keep my eyes open. Not buying right now but I look forward to seeing one.
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