Scott describes the G2 fly rod as being their technical presentation series. Scott has a history of making situation oriented or “tool” rods. Rods that are made to give the angler exactly the characteristics needed for the task at hand. In recent years rod makers have focused more and more on the “all around” rod. A rod that can deliver delicate, small dries or emergers while protecting light tippets and an hour later throw an articulated streamer to the far bank.
In recent years fly rod designers have come closer and closer to achieving the rod that can do it all… here’s the rub; even the best rods that can do it all don’t necessarily do it all pleasurably. What does pleasurably mean? It certainly means different things to different people. I’ve found the general consensus to be, dry fly rods should be softer and slower with a more sensitive tip. Nymph rods should be longer, have the power to chuck big indicators, heavy, multiple fly rigs and mend beautifully. Streamer rods should be the most powerful of all; capable of throwing heavier sinking lines and flies the size of a small house pet.
I take the stance that no fly rod made to date is the best tool on the market for all these situations. Sure, there are a select few that lay claim to coming respectably close. I’ve found that at least part of my enjoyment on the water is having the right tool for the job. I want to vacillate between the realization that the rod in my hand is absolutely perfect for what I’m doing and it being so perfect I forget I have a rod in my hand… I know, I’m tough to please. :-)
This very desire is what made me fall in love with the G2. It has a true medium to medium-fast action providing the caster with oodles of feedback and feel. It is very well balanced and feels impressively light in hand. At the risk of sounding weird, I compare casting this rod with taking a bite of a freshly baked chocolate chip cookie. It’s so sweet, so smooth and gives you the feel you’re looking for. I have not found a better tool for dry fly or light nymph angling. The tip of the G2 has protected size 22 flies tied to frustratingly necessary 7X tippet. The biggest disclaimer I must include is that the G2 is not a rod for windy conditions. In a soft breeze or calm conditions it borders on poetic. Enter a head wind and you’ll find yourself longing for the fast action rods so popular today.
Aesthetically the G2 embodies the Scott DNA. The burled elder reel seat with no fuss black components contrasts beautifully with Scott’s unsanded blank. The finished, Trout Western grip is made from the top 5% of each years harvest and is individually hand sanded… not preformed. Scott adds hand signing and 12” and 20” measuring wraps to its top-shelf guides to finish this beauty.
I’ve spent significant time fishing or casting the following models in the G2 series, the 7’7” 3 weight, 8’8” 3 weight, 8’8” 4 weight, 9’ 4 weight, 8’8” 5 weight and 9’ 5 weight. They are all really sweet but there are differences. The 9 foot models have a more robust mid section making them a bit quicker and more readily suited to doing double duty with indicators and multiple nymph rigs while still being really pleasurable dry fly rods. For those of us more likely to fish dries, both the 8’8” 4 and 5 weights are wonderful sticks.
The good news is if you find yourself with any model of G2 in your quiver you’re not likely to be disappointed. Scott had a tall task ahead when looking to replace the almost legendary original G series. If memory serves me, the original G was the longest running, unchanged series in fly rods to date. It’s still loved and sought after on the secondary market. The G2 is everything its predecessor was while being much more.
- Jason R.