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3 rods that compete with the Scott G Series

Posted on 7th Mar 2018 @ 12:52 PM

3 Rods that compete head-to-head with Scott G Series models

(original reviews by John Duncan, Telluride Angler)

Sage MOD 490-4 and 690-4, Loomis NRX LP 9' 5-wt

 

sagemodcrop.jpg490-4 MOD (9’0” 4-wt, 4-pc):  My favorite rod in the series is among the finest 9’ 4-weights I have ever cast.  In my opinion, the 9’ length and moderate action of this whole series are most appropriate in the 4-weight category.  Two qualities of this rod stood out from the other models:  1)  The lightness and stability of the tip are superior, and 2)  when paired with a Rio Lightline or SA Trout Taper, the loop control at all distances was unmatched.  I was not a bit surprised to hear several Sage staff members remark that the 490-4 is also their favorite rod in the MOD Series.

   Lines:  Line suggestions:  RIO Lightline, SA Trout Taper, RIO Trout LT

 

690-4 MOD (9’0” 6-wt, 4-pc):  What a pleasant surprise.  The 6-weight Mod is appropriately stiffer than the 2-5 weights.  It casts with a combination of ease and authority at a wide range of distances.  I would recommend this model for large dry flies and nymphs, but not specifically for streamers.  This is a great rod to take if you expect to fish a variety of techniques during the day.  It would honestly cast a size 18 dry fly quite pleasantly, but still has plenty of horsepower for most nymph rigs and small streamers.

  Lines:  RIO Gold, Rio Perception, SA MPX, SA Stillwater, all common WF lines of typical head weight.  The SA Titan Taper and RIO Grand are not particularly recommended.

 

nrx-lp-5wt-green.jpgG.Loomis NRX LP 9'0" 5-wt:  The NRX LP 9' 5-wt has become one of my favorite trout rods.  The casting action is completely unique.  It flexes much deeper than the standard NRX Trout models, but recovers so quickly that it generates just as much line speed.  Casting this rod feels like pulling back a slingshot with extra long rubber bands, or rowing a racing skull with long oars.  I can feel the line loading the rod better than any 5-weight I have ever cast.  What an amazing feeling!  Because the rod flexes deeply, it seems to have a longer connection with the line.  This offers tremendous loop control for both artistic dry fly casts and awkward nymph rigs.  The "springy" recovery action generates much more line speed than you would guess.  This, combined with the aforementioned loop control, makes it astoundingly easy to cast for distance.  As one of our shop staff put it, "It just keeps going!"

The NRX LP 9' 5-wt has become one of my favorite trout rods.  The casting action is completely unique.  It flexes much deeper than the standard NRX Trout models, but recovers so quickly that it generates just as much line speed.  Casting this rod feels like pulling back a slingshot with extra long rubber bands, or rowing a racing skull with long oars.  I can feel the line loading the rod better than any 5-weight I have ever cast.  What an amazing feeling!  Because the rod flexes deeply, it seems to have a longer connection with the line.  This offers tremendous loop control for both artistic dry fly casts and awkward nymph rigs.  The "springy" recovery action generates much more line speed than you would guess.  This, combined with the aforementioned loop control, makes it astoundingly easy to cast for distance.  As one of our shop staff put it, "It just keeps going!"
The NRX LP 5-weight will handle any fly line of standard weight.  I prefer the longer tapers, because they accentuate the feeling of "extra connectivity" that I get from this rod.  Short heads are fine, too, but I don't recommend overlining the rod or choosing lines with bulky, heavy heads (Rio Grand, Titan Taper, etc).  My favorites:  SA Mastery Trout Taper (all versions), Rio Perception.The NRX LP 9' 5-wt has become one of my favorite trout rods.  The casting action is completely unique.  It flexes much deeper than the standard NRX Trout models, but recovers so quickly that it generates just as much line speed.  Casting this rod feels like pulling back a slingshot with extra long rubber bands, or rowing a racing skull with long oars.  I can feel the line loading the rod better than any 5-weight I have ever cast.  What an amazing feeling!  Because the rod flexes deeply, it seems to have a longer connection with the line.  This offers tremendous loop control for both artistic dry fly casts and awkward nymph rigs.  The "springy" recovery action generates much more line speed than you would guess.  This, combined with the aforementioned loop control, makes it astoundingly easy to cast for distance.  As one of our shop staff put it, "It just keeps going!"

    Lines:  The NRX LP 5-weight will handle any fly line of standard weight.  I prefer the longer tapers, because they accentuate the feeling of "extra connectivity" that I get from this rod.  Short heads are fine, too, but I don't recommend overlining the rod or choosing lines with bulky, heavy heads (Rio Grand, Titan Taper, etc).  My favorites:  SA Mastery Trout Taper (all versions), Rio Perception.