Performance at 40 feet: 19.4 points out of 20. It is a tremendous challenge to create a moderate action fly rod with a light tip. As a mid-flex rod, it does all the little things well, including mending, reach casts and single Spey techniques, but you’ll want to just cast the rod over and over and over, short, long and all point in between. The ring seems to lock up well. Logan’s Comments: The new Scott G Series is a nice improvement for an iconic rod. From the casting cadence to the color of the blank, the characteristics of the Trout LL gracefully acknowledge part of the Sage legacy too often forgotten in the face of its prowess in power-oriented fly rods:  Sage has made outstanding medium-action trout rods for over 30 years. Performance at 40 feet: 19.5 points out of 20. This is another gorgeous rod with superb craftsmanship. Patagonia Foot Tractor Wading Boots – Felt (Built By Danner), Armstrong Spring Creek on the O’Hair Ranch. In the early 1980’s Scott achieved industry benchmarks with the original G.  The G 904 was the first graphite 4-weight over 8’ ever produced. The Winston Air 8 ½’ 3-weight is supremely tuned to its line class. At 25 feet the Scott G Series is incredible. The epoxy coatings are excellent as is the overall craftsmanship, which we have come to expect from Scott. I can hit the distance but my accuracy is not so good. Winston Scott, Actor: Mr. Lonely: No Place No Home. While many 6-weights are essentially designed for casting streamers, these are primarily dry fly and nymphing sticks. It felt smooth and comfortable to cast, and I was getting very nice presentations, with superb accuracy. By any measure, these are some of the finest rods Sage has ever produced. Compared with the Scott GS 843-4, it casts tighter dry loops with higher line speed in the 35-50’ range. Many consider the G Series a creation of unmatched fly fishing wizardry. The swing weight was fairly light, but not quite as good as either the Hardy rods or the Orvis rods. [Fly Rods Page] Our huge selection of the Best New 2020 Fly Rods covers every species, experience level, and price range. Like a lot of great Scotts from the past, the GS 885-4 impresses more when fishing than parking lot casting. The Winston Pure is a delight in the hand, with a perfect balance and low swing-weight. Power must be applied smoothly, and carefully, otherwise expect tailing loops. Choose this rod as your mid-to-long 4-weight if you value progressive action but want a rod that’s a little slower than the Sage Trout LL 490-4. Each rod under consideration was cast side-by-side with its contemporaries with multiple fly lines. The Trout LL offers more command on longer casts. This rod delivers more line speed than others in the group and fishes to at least 60’ under the right circumstances. The Scott GS 843-4 has a playful nature. It has all the good looks, but more finesse than the Radian, which makes for a great 4-weight rod. It is a very smooth rod to cast and was excellent at short and mid-distances, but at the longest distance the Radian, Helios 3F, and Avantt were much better. Unless you’re trying to mess up th… True “creek” graphite rods are uniquely difficult to design because a shorter rod tends to leverage the cast and make the rod feel fast action. I scored the G series a perfect 20 out of 20, matching the Winston Pure. This is the most even casting, or “progressive,” of the 9’ 4-weights. So, I love fast action rods, but I like a little finesse in them, also. Scott G Series 8’ 4” 4 weight The Scott G is probably the most technical 4 weight rod on the market. Very nice feel with excellent accuracy at short distances. Posted by Freeland Wegner June 28, 2018. REDINGTON This is a brand of highly respected fly rods that have earned a reputation for modest price, … It is a fine light rod that works beautifully in close but has the balance and backbone to reach out in the 30-40’ range. The wraps are brown with some amber trim. It excels up to 30’ with a lovely, soft action that compares more to fiberglass rods than other graphite fly rods. They stand confidently on their own, but the reference to the original Light Line is right on the money. I’m making very accurate and delicate casts. Unbeknownst to Winn, his father was already showing signs of being a paranoid sociopath, but he was shielded from this by his mother. Scott introduced the first G rods in 1976, and changed fly fishing by creating the first 9’ 4 weight fly rod. Winston and Scott specialize is slower action fly rods, however, and these three are fine choices for the angler who prefers graphite to fiberglass in a small stream environment. How about a size 6 hopper, right up under a branch about three inches from the bank? The Sage is slightly faster action than the Scott. At only 8’8”, it offers terrific leverage for pulling on heavy hopper-eating fish without fatiguing the angler. “Nothing but a G thang baby” – this rod makes me want it like…..crazy!!! This rod is designed for fishing at relatively short distance for its length and line weight, however. Sage and Winston have answered the Scott G Series with the best moderate action rods that either maker has ever designed:  the Trout LL and Pure Series. Not an inch of graphite is wasted. It casts light and feels light. This added sense of feel gives me extra confidence in making delicate presentations. We’re splitting hairs, but the differences are noticeable on the water. There are several future legends in the offering, each of which has ties to its manufacturer’s legacy. This is a very pleasant rod to cast, with a medium fast action. The new Saltwater AIR series is very light and allows for unprecedented fast recovery, for any length of cast. Short enough to fish creeks but long enough to offer a degree of versatility, these rods are superb all-purpose dry fly rods that can handle a small nymph dropper, when desired. Scott G. I won an original Scott G Series 3-weight, two-piece fly rod at a charity auction, years ago. Though the longest rod in this group, the “light tip” design of the GS 884-4 is notable compared with any 9’ fly rod. During his childhood, Winn was very close to his father and the two would often go to the latter's workshop and build toys. The G-Series will not disappoint at 40 feet. The GS 905-4 reminds us of the GS 884-4 in the way that the whole rod works to deliver your fly, manipulate line and play fish. This rod flexes into the mid section on every cast, loading deep for maximum leader turnover even at short distance. [Scott G Series On the Water Video]. The legendary GS 884-4 is the most progressive (even flexing) rod in the group. The classic Winston green is a great stealth color on our eastern mountain streams. The Winston Pure 6 ½’ 3-wt is the most specialized creeking tool in the group, reflecting 2 factors:  1)  rod length is often more important than line weight in making a rod feel light weight and cast well at short distances. Defining characteristics of the Pure series:  feathery feel, like blowing pixie dust from a straw, Best models:  Pure 8’ 4-wt, Pure 9’ 4-wt, Pure 9’ 5-wt. We found the SA Amplitude Smooth Trout to be the best match. Performance at 60 feet:  8.5 points out of 10. In too many cases, the soul of the original is simply lost, the mark missed, the fly rod over-modernized or otherwise poorly designed. The Pure 490-4 fishes best with an SA Trout Taper WF4F line and a single dry fly. I recently had the opportunity to take the Scott G Series 905 with me on a trip to Wyoming, to fish with Jack Dennis for a few days. Rich Post describes casting, “like skiing the trees when time slows down and focus sharpens.”  The Scott GS 883-4 is believed by many to be the single finest rod in the G Series. The Radian is both stiffer and faster in action. The AIR gets the job done. It’s a half measure slower than the 7’ 3-weight, so it specializes at short distances with small flies and has superior line mending and tippet protection capability. We all have that one rod you plan trips around so you can use it when you are on the water. Like the G2, the finish on the G-Series is brown with gold trim, and the rod is miraculously easy to bend. It flexes deeply and evenly through the mid-section, excelling in the finer techniques:  line mending, tippet protection, touch at all distances and even single handed Spey casting. In the Pure series, Winston cemented its future by returning to its roots. The G Series felt really nice at 40 feet. The cork handle is a more conventional western style grip than found on their Radian, with a flare on the back to accept the black anodized single uplocking seat that utilizes a brown graphite insert. In addition to being a lovely caster of dry flies, the GS 884-4 offers the best roll casting and line mending capability of any rod in this group. Defining characteristics:  light tips for a “magic wand” feel, progressive casting characteristics and surprisingly high line speed with an easy stroke, Best models:  GS 883-4, GS 844-4, GS 884-4 and GS 905-4. The Pure series hits the mark in two huge ways:  1)  the action lies somewhere between the WT (slow) and LT (medium) from Winston’s past. Interestingly, the 7 ½’ 3-weight Pure is a slower action rod that feels more closely related to the 6 ½’ 3-wt in this series. The 6 ½ 3-wt Pure is the shortest of the three. Performance at 25 feet: 19.5 points out of 20. With the recent introduction of the G-Series, Scott can lay claim to having the longest-running continuous graphite fly rod series – even if it's the name only, because the G-Series is a completely different animal. After all, there’s a lot of history and pride in F Series rods. It is highly responsive from tip to butt and begs for manipulation from the caster. Better than the Radian and Helios 3F in close. Not surprisingly, the GS 844-4 feels lightest in the group, on account of both its length and super light tip design. This affects the G Series’ capability to handle windy days, hook setting, and keeping that big brown away from that nasty stick pile once she’s hooked. Both rods cast and fish best with an SA Trout Taper line. This is the only Winston Air model included in this review, but must be considered because it is one of the finest Winston fly rods and compares favorably with the GS 843-4. The Pure 7’ 2-wt has a more crisp feel and fishes in a broader range. The Winston Pure 7’ 3-weight is similar in character to the Pure 7’ 2-weight, casting with a slightly quicker cadence than its cousins. The Scott G Series 773-4 offers a small step up in casting range and line speed. The G Series was still very good at 60 feet. But the G-Series gets the job done. This is our side-by-side evaluation of the most comparable models in each series. It is a fine choice for anglers who fish spring creeks or beaver ponds with ultra clear water and cruising fish slurping midges. You can’t possibly go wrong, but each rod is unique. First is the reinvented hollow internal ferrule to make the rod more flexible, stronger, and over 20% lighter. The move is often a marketing ploy rather than an act of fly rod innovation. The Sage will cast and fish a little longer and handle a streamer with more confidence. Paired with a Rio Gold, it offers unmatched line speed with the ability to turn over delicate dry fly leaders in the wind. The angler may float a dry fly on an open loop for a slack line presentation or deliver a laser for cutting through the wind. Scott has redesigned the ferrule system making it 20% stronger. The Scott GS 886-4 is a unique rod in our industry, designed for a singular but compelling purpose:  hopper-dropper fishing. If you are a fan of tossing dry flies and presenting them on a dime in any situation, then the New Scott G-Series Fly Rod is going to be that rod for you. Cast this rod just by rocking it back and forth. As much as any Scott rod, the GS 883-4 showcases Scott’s “progressive” action. 2)  several models in this series will be considered among the finest individual Winstons ever designed. I was immediately smitten by the design—those internal-fitting ferrules, clean wraps, and the snappy balance that extended from the tip right through the handle and reel seat. Spectacular with a long leader, this is one of the finest tailwater style dry fly rods on the planet, offering unsurpassed line control with tremendous touch and the signature “Winston feel” on full display. Intuitive, springy and playful, this is a magnificent all-around rod for wade fishing as well as a drift boat dry fly rod. We offer casting notes, fishing recommendations and fly line suggestions for each rod. The PURE isn’t a “modern” version of those classic rods, which is a good thing. I expected it to handle like its counterpart, the Radian, but was pleasantly surprised when I found it to be much more responsive than the Radian. The tip follows through with authority on a cast of any length, so it turns over leaders precisely and consistently. Both rods cast and fish best with a Scientific Anglers Trout Taper line (Amplitude Smooth is our favorite). In some cases, we found that a specific line brought a given rod model to life. Winston Pure vs Sage Trout LL vs Scott G Series | Selecting a Medium Action Fly Rod, 121 W. Colorado Ave PO Box 685 Telluride, CO 81435. This range of 3-weights make a fine accompaniment to a longer 4 or 5-weight when building one’s quiver. It has a buttery feel and loads with almost no effort but lacks the backbone to fish over about 40 feet. Winston Nimbus takes advantage of the award-winning tapers and rod designs featured in Winston’s Boron series rods, but employs pure carbon fiber composites to reduce costs. Fortunately I had planned a trip with FlyLife through iconic trout water in Montana, Idaho and Wyoming and after a little begging I managed to have an 8’8” 4-weight for me to start the trip with. It offers the most line speed, casting for distance with power and loop control. A couple testers found the grip a little ‘skinny’ in hand, though they admit they prefer the beefier half-well shape common on modern fast-action rods. In other cases, the process reveals that the rod we remember loving wasn’t actually all that good in the first place. Read our model-by-model reviews. The rod sports a moderate action blank with a slim profile including fine grip and guide configurations to encourage improved sensitivity. Overall, it is slightly slower action with more tip weight than the Sage Trout LL 490-4 and a little quicker than the Winston. The Scott GS 906-4 and Sage Trout LL 690-4 are wonderful, progressive action rods that can do it all for the angler. Its action is stouter than the other three rods and with a Rio Gold, which has substantial head mass, the LL 379-4 generates more line speed and tighter loops in the 30-50’ range. Like the Trout LL, the GS 885-4 is marvelous on foot or from a boat. 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