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Scott Radian Fly Rods at Telluride Angler

By admin - Posted on 12 July 2013

July 11, Las Vegas
Scott Radian wins “Best new Freshwater Fly Rod” and overall “Best of Show” at IFTD 2013

Just hours ago, the amazing new Scott Radian fly rod won the industry award for “Best New Freshwater Fly Rod” and also the coveted “Best of Show” award for the single finest fly fishing product introduced in 2013.  Our industry’s trade show is the launch pad for all significant new products.  Having attended this show for more than 20 years, we have never seen a fly rod receive this much praise.  Fly shop owners, guides and even competing manufacturers piled complements on Jim Bartschi and the Scott team, hailing the Radian as “the best fast action fly rod ever designed” and “the best fly rod in the world.” 

Fly fishing media were literally waiting in line at the Scott booth for brief interviews with Bartschi.  Telluride Angler is lucky to have obtained a pre-launch interview with Bartschi and factory floor footage of the design and construction of the Radian fly rod.  You can’t get this view anywhere else, so please take a few minutes to review our exclusive video presentation:  Radian Video.

At the show, Telluride Angler’s John Shuler and John Duncan cast all 16 rods in the Radian Series.  Please call or e-mail for specific rod reviews and fly line recommendations.  To summarize, both Shuler and Duncan found the rods to be amazingly consistent.  Duncan believes these are the finest fast action fly rods in the world, and the best that Scott has ever produced.

The Scott Radian is a gallery of fly rod technology, designed to be the most powerful Scott fly rod of all time while offering equal or even superior feel to any predecessor.  Scott rod designer Jim Bartschi is a friend and fellow angler here in Southwestern Colorado.  Many of the Telluride Angler staff worked at Scott over the years, including co-owner John Duncan, who served as Scott’s Marketing Director from 1994-2001.



View Duncan’s exclusive rod intro interview and factory tour with Jim Bartschi, filmed June 14, 2013: Radian Video

Bartschi’s design concept for the Radian is simple:  put the Feel in Fast.  In cross-brand comparison, the Radian may be viewed as Scott’s response to the Sage ONE and Orvis Helios series, both of which set marks for physical lightness in modern fly rods.  Indeed, the Radian is technology loaded, the details of which are described in the manufacturer’s own words below.  To the fisherman, the Radian stands in clear contrast to other ultra-fast fly rods:  it is still obviously designed as a pure fishing tool, rather than as a product of experimental engineering.  Bartschi hasn’t lost sight of the fact that his anglers still want to feel the rod and line working together, and that a rod that doesn’t bend doesn’t cast.

In Bartschi’s words:  “Every angler wants a fast action, powerful fly rod.  Unfortunately, they don’t enjoy fishing with them.”

There is much to enjoy in the Radian.  It is, beyond a doubt, the finest casting rod Scott has ever designed.  Bartschi has successfully created a fly rod that generates amazing line speed through fast recovery rather than sheer stiffness.  The Radian is springy, not rigid.  Like every Scott, the Radian is fundamentally easy to cast.  Ultra-fast rods are in vogue, but some manufacturers have lost touch with fishermen along the way.  The most powerful rods are often the least practical or enjoyable to actually fish.  By contrast, the Radian is a magnificent fishing tool.  Scott loyalists will immediately recognize this new family member:  by appearance, feel and performance, it is a signature Scott. 

Scott is perhaps the only rod maker that continues to upgrade componentry with each new fly rod series.  The Radian is the first fly rod in the world to feature the new Snake brand Universal guide, a self-lubricating snake with radius feet.  The strippers have titanium frames, the lightest and toughest available.  Scott mills their own modified Wells grip for the series with proprietary proportions and the highest quality Portuguese cork found on any rod in the world.  Trout models are fitted with a framed burled Colorado box elder reel seat.  Saltwater and steelhead models come with a logoed anodized aluminum seat and fighting butt.  On both reel seats, the sliding hood is indexed for easy reel fitting and positive lock down.  As a fisherman, you'll love the choices Bartschi made in finishing the Radian series.

The Scott Radian Series comes in line weights 4-8, all 4-piece models and all priced at $795.

Complete model listing, detailed componentry photos and the factory tour video:  Scott Radian


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