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Scott Radian Fly Rod Review

Scott Radian Fly Rod Review

New High-Tech Masterpiece

The early buzz on Scott’s Radian Fly Rod is extremely positive, both for its new performance enhancing features and for its highly appealing cosmetics.

Scott’s tagline for their new fly rod is “fast meets feel”, and they claim that with the Radian anglers no longer have to sacrifice “touch and feel” when they want “power & line speed”.

According to Scott, the way they were able to achieve this is “we dramatically increased recovery speed with our new ReAct technology. By minimizing energy- sapping vibrations, ReAct creates fast action, high line speed rods with all the nuance and feel of a presentation rod.

Check out this behind-the-scenes video taken on site at the Scott factories where these amazing new rods are created:

As with any technologically advanced product, the Radian is not a cheap rod.  The manufacturer’s listed price is $795, but any advanced angler looking for performance should get their money’s worth out of this innovative fly rod.

Also, even if you’ve got a spare $800 burning a hole in your pocket, don’t expect to be able to spend it on a Radian immediately.  Rumor has it that demand is much greater than the available supply at product launch, but it should availability should increase over the next few months.

Update: The Radian is now available at with free shipping.

Additional Feedback From Around The Web

This is Scott’s flagship line and it replaces the S4. Frankly, to my mind it is a whole lot better rod…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

– Zach Matthews

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Fly Fishing Basics For Beginners

This video is great for those just starting to get into the wonderful sport of fly fishing.  Some things covered in this video:

  • Common terminology
  • The different parts of a fly rod, and why having a balanced rod is so important
  • Additional equipment like a vest, dry & wet flies, net, waders, etc.


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Fly Fishing Zen

This beautifully filmed video presents the art of fly fishing as an almost spiritual experience.

It features young urban professionals who escape the city life for the tranquility and solitude of the Eucumbene River in Australia’s Snowy Mountains.

One young man discusses how fly fishing brings him into a meditative state.

The cinematography, gorgeous scenery, and minimal soundtrack create an incredible atmosphere. Casting becomes moving meditation.

The video was created by BERT Magazine for an article titled Fly Away From It All.

Do you have a favorite artistic video or photo that you feel captures a special aspect of fly fishing?  If so, please share in the comments.

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Kenai River Fishing With The Gone Fishin’ Lodge

Kenai Fly FishingThe Kenai River in Alaska is one of the top fishing destinations in the world.  Known primarily for it’s heavy salmon runs, it also provides opportunities for rainbow trout and even giant halibut at the nearby Cook Inlet.

The Sportsman’s News Television crew went out on a trip with the professional Kenai fishing guides from Gone Fishin’ Lodge.  This episode has some exciting moments, like catching two halibuts on one line with double hooks, and gorgeous scenery including views of an active smoking volcano peak.

The video below has a few glimpses of fly fishing, but the main fly fishing section starts about 14 minutes into the video.

While Gone Fishin’ Lodge offers a variety of trips, they do have a fly fishing package available throughout the month of August.

Kenai Fishing LodgeThis package includes five trips for Silver Salmon, Trophy Rainbows, and Dolly Varden.  These trips are all guided and are done either wading from sand bars or from drift boats as power boats are not allowed on the Kenai Canyon or the upper river.

Not only with your professionally licensed guides provide all of the gear you’ll need and expert instruction, they’ll also clean, vacuum-pack, and freeze your fish for you.

The package includes 7 nights at the lodge with a daily breakfast bar.  Each room offers all modern amenities including a coffee pot, microwave, full-sized refrigerator, and high-speed WIFI internet access.

After each daily trip, you can continue fishing for salmon on the Kenai River bank right behind the lodge, or relax with a game of ping pong or billiards.  You can also enjoy a movie on one of the televisions and VCRs located in both the recreation room and the lobby.

The lodge is about a three hour drive from Anchorage, and easily accessible by rental car so no special fly-in required.

Here are some reviews from actual customers:

“Absolutely the best fishing packages for the money! We loved it so much, we are already planning on coming back again next year..”

Greg Floresca

“Probably the best fishing trip I’ve made anywhere. I will return…”

Ray Chavira

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