5wt 9 3.3oz (they eventually hope to offer more weights/sizes)
Here it is ladies, a fly rod made specifically for US very nicely done not overdone! When it comes to making fly fishing gear specifically for ladies, not a lot of manufacturers understand what it takes to do things right. They think that adding pink and marketing it for women is sufficient. Ewww.
Scott loaned me their new Womens A4 rod to take for a spin. It came with me on my honeymoon to Europe and let me tell you why I think this rod is fantastic and why I want to keep it!
The Grip (see 1st pic below) Specifically designed for a woman’s hand, the rod is more stable for casting and fighting fish. It feels like butter in my hand and casting came easily. I feel like my casting accuracy increased dramatically with this rod. If you don’t have man hands you may want to give this rod a whirl.
The Colors Very subtle touches of colors. (i.e. not overbearingly pink). The rod itself is Charcoal in color. The handwriting/alignment dots are Metallic Magenta and Light Blue, and the trim is Azul. There is a very high possibility that if I were to have chosen the colors myself, I would have picked these!
It was only fitting that the first fish I caught on this rod were Graylings in the Czech Republic, since they are known as The lady of the stream. So far, Scott only offers this in a 5 wt, but it’s been more than sufficient and perfect for my needs. Gentle enough for smaller water presentation and big enough to handle the brut Rainbow and Brown Trout we caught in Germany! He also showed me some of his favorite fishing gear including his fishing wader review.
When I started fly fishing last year, my very first rod was a 5wt entry level Redington while its been sufficient in my fly fishing journey thus far, there is definitely a BIG difference in feel between it and this Scott rod, and honestly I don’t want to go back. This A4 has been a dream to fish with. It’s on my Christmas list and Santa, I’ve been good I promise!!
Here are the finer details on the A4 per Scott Fly Rods website:
Medium-Fast Flex Profile
Faster Recovery Speed
Handcrafted from start to finish in Montrose, Colorado by the skilled artisans at Scott, A4 rods feature many of the technological and process innovations in top end Scott rods.
The blanks are designed and rolled with multi-modulus lay ups on compound taper mandrels, and are connected using Scott’s industry leading low mass sleeve ferrule design.
A4 rods are smooth casting high line speed rods with very low physical weights. They recover very quickly and cast flat, precise loops, yet load progressively and transmit feel extremely well.
Like all Scott rods, design and craftsmanship are more than just blank design. Components and construction were carefully chosen to deliver top performance with the anglers needs in mind.
New grip shapes were turned from Super grade cork to provide greater feel, TiCh coated reel seats with self aligning slide hoods make rigging easy and protect the hardware from harsh elements, and TiCh stripping guides feature SiC inserts.
A4 rods cover a wide variety of fishing situations from small creeks to inshore and saltwater flats.
- Multi-Modulus Design for fine-tuned flex and recovery
- Natural Finish-Naturally stronger, naturally lighter
- Handcrafted in the USA Built from beginning to end in Montrose, Colorado