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Scott Meridian 909-4 Saltwater Fly Rod
9'0", 9-weight, 4-pc rod
The Scott Meridian 909-4 may be the most powerful 9-wt ever made. Flats fishermen will deliver the fly from hand to the fish with fewer false casts and greater accuracy than with any other 9-weight. This incredible fly rod is ideal for large bonefish, permit, striped bass and roosterfish.
Posted by Troy Youngfleish (Telluride Angler) on 14th Feb 2017
While I have had many opportunities to cast the Scott Meridian series on dry land, I recently found myself in the southern Yucatan armed with both the 8 and 9 wt models. I anticipated being very happy with the performance of these rods based on my dry runs, yet the on the water experience blew away any preconceived notions I may have had. I spent much of my time fishing from a paddleboard, which certainly comes with it’s own challenges, many of which demand making the first cast count before being blown across the Belizean border. I was casting predominately size 6 Gotchas with the 8wt and a combination of Clouser Minnows and crease flies with the 9wt. The rods cast equally well whether it was a 20 foot cast to a bonefish or a 60 foot cast from the beach trying to entice a cuda. Many anglers are looking for the fastest, stiffest rod they can find for the salt while we all know the majority of our flats shots fall into the 20 to 40 foot category. A saltwater stick that can consistently provide “dry fly” accuracy to tailing bonefish at 30 feet yet has the power and stability to reach out to feeding permit at 80 ft is hard to find. The design similarities in both models, with the ability to carry different line weights for specific conditions and targeted species, makes this series truly unique. It turns out, Scott has cracked the code. I still have a soft spot for my older version Scott S4S’s but the Meridian is truly the best saltwater series I have had the pleasure to fish.
Scott Meridian 8wt: SA or Rio Bonefish
Scott Meridian 9wt: Rio Permit
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Posted by Richard Post (Telluride Angler) on 29th Jul 2015
This rod is an absolute canon! The rod wants to launch laser tight loops, it begs you to step on it. The Rio Permit WF9F is the perfect line for this rod, all peas and carrots with this line. I couldn’t get over how much loop control this rod had with 60-70 feet of line in the air. The line absolutely jumps off the tip and away toward the target. I felt like this rod generated the highest line speed of the lot. The blank is noticeably larger in diameter in the butt than the S4S while feeling lighter in the hand. A great permit rod with the backbone to handle heavier lines for NE saltwater duty as well and the lightness in the hand will keep you casting smoothly and confidently all day long.
Posted by John Duncan (Telluride Angler) on 2nd Jul 2015
909-4: In all our experience, we have never cast a better 9-weight. The rod would probably handle any fly line, but with the SA Bonefish, this must be the most powerful 9-weight ever made. Power comes on every cast, from 30 feet to over 110. The key is a progressive fast action that makes every false cast count. So many “powerful” saltwater rods don’t flex until you have 50-60 feet in the air, at which point the butt section kicks in. The Meridian gets you to distance faster because every false cast counts, the rod loading and snapping back, line speed building on each stroke. What an amazing feeling. The 909-4 has all the stability in the world for turning over long leaders in the wind. This rod was made for the Keys.
Line suggestions: SA or RIO Bonefish Taper
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