Scott Radian a Home Run

Scott Radian a Home Run

Sometimes it's major improvements to rod blank technology that set a new rod apart. Other times, it's little functional switch-ups and cosmetic changes that woo consumers. In the case of the new Scott Radian, it's both. In short, Jim Bartschi and his crew at Scott Fly Rods have hit a home run.

The Scott Radian uses Scott's X-Core design to create a wide, stable tube with thin, sensitive walls, along with ReAct technology to speed rod recovery times and reduce vibrations when the rod stops. Getting rid of these extra "wobbles" has been a goal of rod designers for along time, and Scott seems to have brought us a step forward with a rod that casts with crispness and authority, but still has the feeling of connection you need in a trout tool.

And while some might consider the rod handle "cosmetic" I'd have to disagree. Your grip and the grip on the rod can affect the way you cast, and a full wells grip reduces hand fatigue and is a better grip for a wider range of distances and conditions. Sage did it last year with the ONE series, and we may be seeing the beginning of a trend here.

//www.flyfisherman.com/files/2013/07/Scott_Radian_Snake_Guide_detai1l-300x248.jpg
Another improvement is the REC wood-insert reel seat with an uplocking ring Jim Bartschi calls "self-indexing." What this means is that you don't have to spin the reel seat ring to find a proper alignment for the reel foot. It's always perfectly aligned with the forward hood under the handle. It's a very small thingand no one has ever failed to seat their reel properly due to lack of a self-indexing reel seatbut it shows that Scott is thinking about consumers, and considering about every possible path to make things slicker and more convenient. Other small details like Univeral Snake guides with curved, "radiused" feet that fit slimmer on a rounded blank, alignment dots, and measuring wraps on the blank, all add up to a rod that has forward-thinking design and higher performance in mind. The fly-fishing industry seems to agree as the rod won Best Freshwater Rod at the 2013 International Fly Tackle Dealer shows in Las Vegas, and also overall Best in Show.

The 4-piece rods are available in 4- to 8-weight models for $795. For more details, see the video below, or visit scottflyrod.com.



Get Your Fish On.

Plan your next fishing and boating adventure here.

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.

Recommended Articles

See More Recommendations

Popular Videos

 Getting Started In Fly Fishing

Getting Started In Fly Fishing

Getting Started In Fly Fishing

Casting Backhand in Tight Quarters

Casting Backhand in Tight Quarters

A backhand cast is when you use your backcast to deliver the fly.

Fly Fishing for Taimen in Mongolia

Fly Fishing for Taimen in Mongolia

Finding giant Mongolia taimen and a state of enlightenment.

Bahamas - Bonefish

Bahamas - Bonefish

Conway casts for his personal best bonefish while fishing the Grand Bahama islands.

See More Popular Videos

Trending Articles

George Daniels offers his advice on which types of fly-fishing leaders are best for the most common applications you'll encounter on the water. Beginners

Picking the Perfect Fly-Fishing Leader

George Daniel

George Daniels offers his advice on which types of fly-fishing leaders are best for the most...

Fly-Fisherman Editor Ross Purnell shares his top five best trout fishing destinations in the world. Worldwide

5 Best Trout Fishing Spots in the World

Ross Purnell, Editor

Fly-Fisherman Editor Ross Purnell shares his top five best trout fishing destinations in the...

As you explore your home water, keep in mind what they are eating to select the best carp flies! Flies

The 15 Best Carp Flies

Jay Zimmerman

As you explore your home water, keep in mind what they are eating to select the best carp...

Read about Colorado's backcountry fly fishing in United States

Indian Peaks Wilderness Area Colorado

Steven B. Schweitzer - May 03, 2016

Read about Colorado's backcountry fly fishing in " Indian Peaks Wilderness Area Colorado."

See More Trending Articles

More Rods

Here's a list of the best new fly rods of 2018. Rods

7 New Fly Rods for 2018

Ross Purnell, Editor - November 03, 2017

Here's a list of the best new fly rods of 2018.

After a long period of testing, tweaking, and tuning, Orvis has finally released the Orvis Superfine Glass, rolled and assembled at the Orvis rod shop in Manchester, Vermont, and priced under $400 Rods

Orvis Superfine Glass Rod

Fly Fisherman - October 28, 2013

After a long period of testing, tweaking, and tuning, Orvis has finally released the Orvis...

The new G.Loomis IMX-Pro Musky rod was designed to increase efficiency to reduce fatigue while fly fishing for muskies. Rods

G.Loomis IMX-Pro Musky

Jeff Simpson - September 03, 2019

The new G.Loomis IMX-Pro Musky rod was designed to increase efficiency to reduce fatigue while...

Yes, these new fly rods are from the future... possibly your very near future. Rods

New Fly Rods: The Next Generation

Ross Purnell, Editor - October 25, 2013

Yes, these new fly rods are from the future... possibly your very near future.

See More Rods

GET THE MAGAZINE Subscribe & Save

Digital Now Included!

SUBSCRIBE NOW

Give a Gift   |   Subscriber Services

PREVIEW THIS MONTH'S ISSUE

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.

Get Digital Access.

All Fly Fisherman subscribers now have digital access to their magazine content. This means you have the option to read your magazine on most popular phones and tablets.

To get started, click the link below to visit mymagnow.com and learn how to access your digital magazine.

Get Digital Access

Not a Subscriber?
Subscribe Now