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Micro Trout G2 Classic Fly Rod 2 Weight 7' 7
When accurate and subtle presentations are required on tighter creeks, you'll want Scott's G2 7'7" #2 fly rod.
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  • When it comes to fishing tiny streams, it's not as easy as one might think.  Tighter waters call for very accurate casts, typically within confined casting quarters.  This is no place for your all-purpose 9' #5 fly rod.  You need a fly rod that comfortably loads for the closer casts, yet still has the ability to reach out when necessary.  Scott's G2 7'7" #2 is the perfect fly rod for just this situation.  Even as a two-weight, it's still a "spirited" rod to cast, yet can deliver a butter-smooth presentation and protect the lightest of tippets.  When you do hook up, you'll celebrate every fish with a fly rod calibrated for a more classic flex.  Sometimes big things do come in small packages.
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Scott G2 Classic Fly Rod 2 Weight 7' 7" Fly Rod, 4-P, 772-4

  • Line Size: 2
  • Rod Length: 7'7"
  • Sections: 4
  • Weight: 1.5 oz.
  • Handle: Cigar
  • Reel Seat: Machined Aluminum with Box Elder Burl Wood
  • Action: Medium
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Small Stream 4 Weight - Scott F2 Fiberglass - 774/3
Slow down and celebrate every cast with Scott's F2 fiberglass 7'7" #4 fly rod. It's got soul!
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  • Small trout streams are often overlooked and somehow outclassed by the better-known rivers, but we at Leland know better.  Small trout streams offer solitude and although the fish might be smaller, they still bring that childlike smile to your face every time.  Fishing your all-purpose trout rod on tighter waters like this can still catch you fish, but somehow the experience is different.  With the right fly rod, every cast becomes more enjoyable and smaller fish feel much larger. 
  • Scott Fly Rods knows this and that's exactly why they offer their F2 (fiberglass) series of fly rods.  Our favorite model in the line up is their 7'7" #4.  It's just perfect for what we believe embodies the reason to fish fiberglass, smaller trout streams.  For us in California, this means hiking into the back country of the Sierra Nevada.  Summer in the hills means hoppers and warm winds, exactly why we like the four weight.  Its has enough authority to cast larger dry flies in the summer winds.  At 7'7" in length, it casts well among the tight, willow-lined creeks that flow off the mountains.  The relaxed casting tempo provided only by fiberglass allows you to slow down and enjoy all that the mountains have to offer.  When you do hook a trout (even a small one), the deep flexing fiberglass celebrates with a bow to each fish.
  • As for cosmetics, this fly rod screams classic fiberglass with its throwback color scheme and agate stripping guide.  The thread wrappings and clean epoxy work proves that America still counts, as does the highly-figured wood on the reel seat.  This is just one sweet rod ready to give you a grand experience while exploring the smaller waters we often overlook in life.
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Scott F2 774/3 Fiberglass Fly Rod

  • Line size: 4
  • Length: 7ft 7in
  • Sections: 3
  • Handle: Flor cork
  • Handle shape: Scott standard grip with finish cork
  • Reel Seat: Machined and anodized single uplocking, laser engraved butt
  • Stripping Guides: Hard chromed four foot guide with silicon carbide ring
  • Guides: Hard chromed light wire snakes
  • Hand inscribed serial number, measuring wrap
  • Action: Medium
  • Powder coated aluminum rod tube with machined and anodized cap and collar
  • Hand sewn rod sock
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Scott SC Bamboo Fly Rod Review
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Specifications


•    Models: 6'5" #3, 6'11" #4
•    Optimized Outfits: Spring Creek, Small Stream
•    Sections: 2-Piece, with an included extra tip section
•    Handle: Trout Western Grip with Finish Cork
•    Ferrule: Hariki Nickel Silver
•    Reel Seat: Downlocking Nickel Silver Slide Band
•    Reel Seat Spacer: Spalted Maple
•    Action: Medium
•    Rod Retail Cost: $2650



December 13, 2010 (San Francisco, CA):  Leland Fly Fishing Outfitters announces the end of an era. Bernard Ramanauskas, one of the best master bamboo fly rod builders in the world, will no longer be hand crafting Scott Fly Rod Company’s SC series of bamboo fly rods. For the last five years, Bernard Ramanauskas has showcased his talent for Scott with his powerful, yet smooth casting, progressive bamboo fly rod tapers.  This collaboration has ended amiably, and now it presents an opportunity to own a piece of rodmaking history. 

Celebrate Bamboo:  Casting a carefully-crafted bamboo fly rod is an experience that all fly anglers should enjoy at least once in their lives.  The relaxed casting tempo demanded by bamboo’s smooth action forces the caster to slow down, breathe easier and remember that fly fishing should not be measured by fish count, but by the number of great casts made in day.

Read the full press release here.

Series Overview - Scott SC by Bernard Ramanauskas


The Scott SC series has traditionally been a venue for up-and-coming cane rod builders to hone their abilities and further build their reputation as master craftsmen. The latest in this distinguished line is Bernard Ramanauskas, the youngest master cane builder working today. Just as his predecessors have used their time with Scott to refine their exquisite techniques and broaden their reputations, Mr. Ramanauskas has recently announced that he will be moving on from Scott to pursue his work as Freestone - Eden Cane.

Available in line weights from 3 to 5 and rod lengths from 6'5" to 7'10", the Scott SC rods offer discerning anglers casting precision and fishing function on technical trout waters. Equally significantly, by fusing the names of Scott and Ramanauskas, these rods present unmatched value as a long-term investment. These are museum-quality fishing heirlooms that are also performance fishing tools.

Pro Review - Leland's Bamboo Specialist, Burke White


What's the Word...


One of the world's foremost bamboo rod builders with one of the top brands in American fly rod manufacturing -- a marriage made in heaven? For five years, Bernard Ramanauskas has been in charge of producing Scott's SC Series of handmade cane fly rods, adding his name to the illustrious list of bamboo rod makers who have done the same. Recently, Mr. Ramanauskas has announced that he will be amicably parting ways with Scott to pursue new projects. Overnight, these crisp-casting, perfectly assembled fishing rods have become that much more coveted among bamboo rod aficionados.

Features...


By mixing traditional rodmaking practices with technology driven research and development, Mr. Ramanauskas and Scott have created bamboo fly rods that bring a new level of performance to the stream. With mind-bending nodeless assembly, hollow construction, and swelled butts, the SC rods are designed to cast and fish as no bamboo rod has before.

As for aesthetics…these rods are simply magnificent to look at.  Painstaking attention to detail is evident throughout: the transparent silk thread that binds the guides to the blank, the impeccable coat work, and the overall coordination of the cosmetics all speak to the forethought and vision of Mr. Ramanauskas.

Action...


Whereas the current US cane market is mostly populated by hobby builders using historic tapers, SC rods utilize proprietary tapers developed by Mr. Ramanauskas over his many decades crafting bamboo rods. These are innovative, carefully developed designs. As a result, they don't have the typical "bamboo action". They are lighter and more responsive than other cane rods available today, and will throw tight loops when used with a modern, compact casting stroke. You'll be amazed by the on-stream control and accuracy they provide.

Materials...


Built from hand-selected Tonkin cane, individually flamed to a cognac color, the Scott SC bamboo rods are built to be perfect from the ground up.  The hand-picked cork rings used on every grip, the high-quality nickel silver hardware, and the classic Agate stripping guide are not only functional, but hearken back to a time when only the best fly rods were adorned with such features. Scott's signature finishing cork at the handle end is likewise a nod to tradition and the company's origins in fine western trout rods.

Fit and Finish...


Each rod is dressed appropriately with beautiful dark nickel silver reel seats, highly-figured burl maple reel seat inserts and top-grade cork.  Dark nickel silver framed agate stripping guides add function with a yesteryear flavor.  Snake Brand snake guides are attached with transparent silk thread, while matching dark nickel silver ferrules round out the cosmetics and provide an exacting connection between pieces for effortless casts.

Reliability and Durability...


All Scott SC rods come with an extra tip section, so you still have a fishable rod in the event that you break your tip section. Remember that because bamboo has a much lower modulus than today's brittle graphite rods, it is actual a surprisingly durable material. That said, you will of course want to take good care of your Scott SC, especially if you are considering it as an investment, which it surely is. Because these rods each take over a year to build, by hand, Scott cannot offer a lifetime warranty as they can on their factory-made rods. Replacement sections will be available from Scott on an ad hoc basis.

Overall Rating...


PROS – Advanced rodbuilding technology, scrupulous attention to detail, deep refinement and experience, and strong branding help make the Scott SCs an attractive option in the bamboo market. We are confident that these will be collector's items in no time at all.

CONS – $2650 ain't cheap. But remember that bamboo fly rods, like fine shotguns, are sure to appreciate in value over time. With Mr. Ramanauskas's recent announcement, these hand-crafted masterpieces have become that much rarer.

BOTTOM LINE – Buying a premium bamboo fly rod is purchasing a "state of mind" as much as it is a "product."  When fishing bamboo, things slow down.  Fish counts lose their significance and each cast becomes a memorable moment of its own.  It is a rich experience to fish with a rod built from the same materials as one your great-grandfather might have fished, and it's something that all avid fly anglers should enjoy at least once in their lives.  If you choose to participate…make sure to carefully consider a Scott SC bamboo fly rod.

Tight Lines, Burke White

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Sage Bass Series Fly Rod Review
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Sage Smallmouth and Largemouth Bass Fly Fishing Rods

Specifications

Line Weight ratings:

Smallmouth:  290 grains (Smallmouth floating line included)
Largemouth: 330 grains (Largemouth floating line included)

Rod Length: 7’11”

Sections: 4 pieces

Rod Weights: Smallmouth: 3 1/2 ounces

                      Largemouth: 3 5/8 ounces

Handle: Portuguese cork - full wells shaped grip

Reel Seat: Matte black aluminum big game with double locking retainer

Action: Very fast and very stiff
 



What’s the word…


Jerry Siem, head rod designing guru at Sage
, was sitting in his office at the Sage factory on forested Bainbridge Island, WA.  His desk was surrounded by, literally, hundreds of fly rods leaning at precarious angles against walls and book cases. “Hmmm”,   I said to myself, “Just like my office at home, except he has more rods than me. A lot more!”  Out of the stack, Jerry plucked one of the shortest and brightest colored of the rods, and with a big smile, walked to the lily padded bass pond “test center” behind the factory building. “This is our latest project “, he said as he proceeded to tied on a huge deer hair popper.

The “Latest Project” from Jerry and the folks at Sage turns out to be two very unusual, high performance Bass Fly Fishing Rods, aptly named the Smallmouth and the Largemouth. 

At first glance, these two Bass Fly rods appear to be small-stream trout rods because they’re just 7’11” in length. But believe me, the similarities end there! These specialized rods conform to Bass Tournament rules that limit allowable rod lengths to 8 feet and under. Traditionally, the understanding is that Pro Bass circuits have rejected fly gear as being “too dangerous”, but my guess is there is some conventional tackle industry bias (i.e. $$$) there as well. A careful reading of the rules finds that some tournaments allow fly rods, where others do not. Regardless, one could imagine the efficacy a fly rodder might have on the deck of a bass boat, where a pick-up and lay-down would eliminate the extra time required to reel in between casts as with conventional gear.

But whether you fish tournaments or not, The Sage Smallmouth and Largemouth Bass rods have a lot more going for them than just their compact size. These rods are specifically designed to do two things better than any other fly rod;1) accurately cast very big, wind resistant flies, and 2) allow maximum leverage to fight fish and pull big fish from cover.  So what makes these rods capable of this performance?

Most anglers typically select a nine foot, six or seven weight line and rod for smallmouth bass fishing, casting, (on average), size 4 to 12 flies for one to five pound fish, and an eight or nine weight line weight rod for largemouth bass,  throwing flies sizes 4/0 to 6, for two to eight pound fish.  The new Sage Bass rods, in stark contrast, cast much heavier lines. The Sage Largemouth Bass Fly Rod is rated for 330 grains, which is the average heft for an 11 weight line and the Smallmouth is rated for 290 grains, which is at the high end of the weight range for a10 weight line!  Yet, these little outfits feel like you’re only casting light seven weights, as you’ll read shortly! The two rods are extremely fast in action and very stiff and powerful to cast these big lines. In fact, to ensure proper loading, Sage has included a specially designed, matched, grain weight specific floating line with each of their new Bass rods.

 

Action and Features


I’ve cast a lot of different fly rods over the last thirty years
, but owing to their unusual nature, I felt like I was in new territory as I rigged the Smallmouth and Largemouth outfits with six foot, 20 lb. tippet leaders and big, 3/0 hair bugs at my local bass pond.  I tentatively hauled the 25 feet of line from the water and aimed at a spot 10 feet to the left. I guess I expected the leader to partially collapse on the water, with the bug to follow, because that’s what always happens with flies of this size. Not this time. I watched the tippet arc over in a tight curve and the bug WHAP! into the water with a couple of waves pulsing out. Wow! These rods cast big bugs with crisp authority, and I mean CRISP! A short roll cast to put it in the air in front of you, one quick back cast to load, then shoot.  The Smallmouth and Largemouth Fly Lines are massive, short belly (33 ft.), bullet tapers designed to do exactly that: load the rod with a single backcast and store enough energy to turn over almost any leader and fly. The fly lines have fairly large diameter running lines for improved  handling when fighting fish. The super fast, very stiff Sage Bass Rods respond remarkably well to this mass.  An unexpected advantage  of the rod’s stiff tip was apparent when retrieving flies; line strips are more definitive for a bigger “pop” on your surface flies and sub-surface flies swim more realistically. Beginners, who usually find casting bulky flies the most troublesome, will ease their problems with these outfits and a more experienced fly caster, with a reasonable double haul, will make these rods get up and dance.

The Smallmouth and Largemouth Fly Rods derive their strength and power from Sage 3e graphite technology; a reliable combination of high modulus graphite and fiberglass scrim used in the highly successful Sage XP and RPL series. This combination of materials has proven to provide  superior hoop strength and impact resistance to fly rod shafts .  And the best part is the price; the Smallmouth and Largemouth rods, complete with a custom fly line and case sell for a reasonable $350. One other fly rod  that I’m aware of  that fits into this category is the Scott Backcountry. It’s a 3-piece, 7’7” graphite rod, 3.7 ounces, rated for a 9 weight line and sells for $625. It’s worth checking out as well.

I do a lot of float tubing for bass, and while most float tubers choose longer rods for distance and to raise their backcast, I find most of my bass fishing to be around overhanging cover with casts of twenty five feet or less. To get a fly back in under cover usually requires sidearm casting to keep your loop very low and parallel with the water’s surface. Long rods that are accurate in the vertical are very poor for this task, where shorter rods excel. With a little practice, I found both the Smallmouth and Largemouth to be extremely accurate, particularly when casting out of the vertical plane around structure.  These little rods would be very maneuverable in the heavy cover one might find in the rainforest, cedar swamp, or mangroves as well as the confined space of a kayak or canoe. The extreme mass of the line and stiffness of the rod gives you great authority to direct and power your fly in, under and around thick cover. If you get hung up, (and you’re using a twenty pound tippet) this rod will pull the fly off of leaves or twigs, if it’s going to come at all! The rods will fit conveniently in a small boat, rather than being dangerously exposed over a gunwale, and will get fish closer to the boat more easily for landing.

Fly rods, like all fishing rods, serve two elementary purposes. They cast, to place your fly in position for a chance at a strike, and that being successful, they fight fish. The second element, striking and fish fighting, is where nine foot fly rods, and, in fact, almost all fly rods fall short. Although long rods displace line more quickly on the strike, their limber nature has more difficulty generating enough power to drive a large hook into bone or exerting enough pressure to pull or turn fish quickly from cover.  Try dragging a six pound largemouth out from under half a foot of weed with your nine foot, eight weight.  Not likely! I probably lose nineteen fish for every one that I land in a situation like this. I would guess that these little Sage rods, as short, powerful levers, should prove to be among the best fish fighting fly rods on the market.

Although these fly rods and respective lines are named “Smallmouth” and “Largemouth”, Sage suggests that their myriad potential applications in both freshwater AND saltwater would better have us view them as “Light Duty” and “Heavy Duty”. The light duty Smallmouth will serve for Smallies, White Bass, Sea Trout and Largemouth, as well, for all but the largest of flies. The heavy duty Largemouth will rock throwing big bugs for Largemouth, Peacock, Pike, and Musky and in the back country mangroves for Snook, Redfish and Tarpon. The Largemouth should be quite capable of beating fish over twenty pounds and in very experienced hands, probably over forty or fifty pounds. Overall, these rods are a lot of fun to cast and fish with, and bestow a feeling of power and control in a small, relatively lightweight package.

 

         Proven Sage 3e graphite construction

   

         Compact length and light in hand

 

         Extremely powerful and accurate at short to medium distances with big flies

 

         Great hook setting and fish fighting ability

 

         Heavy duty, English Hopkins and Holloway guides and tip top

 

         Padded nylon, PVC rod case with dividers and reel pocket

 

         Limited lifetime warranty

 

 

Fit and Finish


The sanded shafts of the Sage Bass Fly Rods are sunset gold
with rust thread wraps, which appear red when wrapped over the blank. The ferrules and handle front are additionally trimmed with a few wraps each of black and gold. This color combination, from a distance, reminds me of a classic bamboo fly rod.  The English Hopkins and Holloway snake guides, tip top and the two stripping guides are robust and oversized to accommodate the massive, large diameter fly line. The two strippers have hardaloy ceramic insert rings that are actually encased in bands of brazed metal, as opposed to being glued in place.  A nice touch if a mangrove, cedar, or boat rail gets whacked by mistake. The high quality, Portuguese cork grip is a full wells profile for power casting, but is a ½ inch shorter and slimmer than the standard Sage grip. This smaller grip is very comfortable and well suited to these shorter rods. The reel seat is what you might find on saltwater big game fly rods; matte black, heavy duty up-locking aluminum with double retainers. Sage, like most quality rod makers, has several layers of inspection before their rods leave the factory, so one would expect a near-flawless fit and finish. The Sage Bass Fly Rods come with their respective matching floating fly lines and a light green, nylon covered, padded carrying case with room for an attached reel and zippered compartments for accessories. A nice, compact package.

 

Customer Support. . . . Company profile. 


Sage was founded in 1979 by Don Green
, an experienced rod blank builder and one of the architects of the modern fishing rod, as owner of the Grizzly Fiberglass Company, which later partnered with Fenwick.  It was originally called Winslow Manufacturing (after the city of Winslow on Bainbridge Island, Washington) but within a year had changed its name to Sage. Emphasizing high quality fly rods sold only through specialty stores, Sage rode the crest of the fly-fishing boom in the post “A River Runs Through It” years. Today, although there is no industry repository for exact numbers, Sage is probably the world’s largest producer of premium fly rods and employs over 100 workers in their manufacturing facility.

So, has being the 800-pound gorilla affected the quality of their product as it has with so many other companies in the outdoor industry? Although challenged by industry wide flat sales, the growth of the Internet, and increasingly higher quality Asian imports, my impression is “no”, for several reasons. Sage has continued to retain talented people and spend money on research and development. The proximity of Bainbridge to the Boeing Aircraft manufacturing plants near Seattle and Toray Composites in Tacoma provides access to a wealth of knowledge from the aerospace industry, the primary end users of graphite fiber.  More importantly, aside from a few casting and spinning rod models over the years, Sage has pretty much stuck to their original intention, building very good fly rods.

The Smallmouth and Largemouth fly rods have a limited lifetime warranty for the original owner. If you damage or break your rod, you are responsible for the shipping charges and insurance to send ALL of the pieces to Sage, plus a $40 handling fee, to cover return shipping and insurance within the U. S.  International owners are charged the actual shipping and insurance fees. The other five or six top US makers offer similar rod warranties, but not all provide the same level of service. I’ve seen some customers wait 3 or 4 months, or longer, to get their rods back. Sort of puts the damper on the fishing season. Sage’s lead time for repairs is currently about 2 to 2 ½ weeks during their busy summer, and shortens to about 1 ½ weeks in the winter.

 

Overall Rating. . .


The Sage Bass Fly Rods are admirably suited
to fulfilling a performance category not clearly addressed in the past. These rods weigh 40% less than their big saltwater brethren, yet are capable of lifting and casting very large, heavy and wind resistant flies with impressive authority and accuracy.  These rods will “swim” or “pop” flies better than longer rods, and should be more effective at positive hook sets.  Most importantly, once the fish is hooked, these fly rods will do what fly rods are typically very poor at doing; pulling fish from heavy cover and beating them quickly with maximum turning power.  By mating the rods and lines as a package, Sage has taken the guesswork out of line selection for the angler and potentially avoided the disappointment a mismatched outfit would bring.

The Largemouth and Smallmouth rods are constructed with proven graphite technology and heavy duty components that should withstand the abuse one would expect from duking it out in close quarters with bass, tarpon and snook. Although these rods aren’t for everyone, and I don’t know if the Pro Bass circuit will lose its fear of fly rods anytime soon, I think any serious bass, mangrove, canoe or kayak fly angler would find one of these rods indispensable once he or she has used one. I have to believe the Sage Largemouth will quickly become the “go to“ rod for anyone contemplating fishing for Peacock Bass in the thick of the Amazon rain forest.


PROS- Powerful, compact, lightweight, durably constructed rocket ships for shorter, accurate casts with big flies in and around structure.  Incredible fish fighting tools for pulling big fish out of heavy cover. Comes with a custom, matching fly line for $350.  Limited lifetime warranty.

CONS- At 7’11” in length, not as effective for casting at distance, extensive false casting, or mending line in moving water as longer rods.  Definitely not the rods for fishing with light leaders.

BOTTOM LINE- A unique pair of specialized fly rods that can do what others can’t; deliver big flies and fight strong fish in close quarters with less effort. A must for float tubing and boating bassers (including peacock bass), kayakers, and mangrove fishermen.

Click here to check out the ultimate Bass Outfit from Sage.

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