IFTD 2013: Radian from Scott Fly Rods is show best
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The Radian, a new single-handed fly rod from Scott Fly Rods, came under the unforgiving eye of hundreds of dealers and media at this week’s IFTD show in Las Vegas – and emerged as the best product in show.
It is the votes of the visiting writers and retailers who decide who wins what at the coveted annual awards. And their verdict clearly endorsed the views of those testers and review columnists lucky enough to have already had the rod in their hands.
It was difficult to find a negative comment among the appraisals of hundreds of visitors milling around the event’s Best New Product Showcase in the gambling city’s convention centre.
The rod duly won the best freshwater rod category as well as the best product in show award.
The concensus is that the Radian appears to be just what Scott says it is – a rod where ‘fast meets feel’. According to the manufacturer, the Radian resolves the dilemma of choosing between power and line speed, or a rod with touch and feel.
So how did they do it? This is what Scott says about the Radian: “We dramatically increased recovery speed with our new ReAct technology. By minimising energy- sapping vibrations, ReAct creates fast action, high line speed rods with all the nuance and feel of a presentation rod.
“Now, roll casts to a tricky seam and short, delicate casts with fine 6X leaders are just as easy as long distance streamer deliveries to the opposite bank. And after the cast, when you need extended fishability, Radian rods give you incredible mending abilities and tippet protection without sacrificing the authoritative hook-setting and fighting power you expect from a fast action rod.
“But it’s more than advanced technology that make the Radian so amazing. Check out the components and workmanship. There isn’t a finer production rod in existence. Features like titanium framed SiC stripping guides, custom reel seats with burled box elder spacers, the very top grade Portuguese cork, and the new patented Universal snake guides from American maker Snake Brand round out the most fully-loaded rods to ever grace a rod rack.”
Bold words, but Scott products hold good stock in the fly market and purchasers know that each rod is handcrafted start to finish in the maker’s facility in Montrose, Colorado, by anglers just as passionate as their customers.
The Radian selection comprises four-piece models ranging from 8-foot 6 inch 4-weights to 10-foot 8-weights.
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