New Scott A4 Fly Rod Review

Scott fly rod rep Frank Smethurst was by this past Friday with a fresh batch of Scott’s new A4 fly rods! Here is our initial review of the rods.  Look for the on the water test in the coming weeks!

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Theo’s First Impressions of the A4

Let me preface this by saying, that like you we were all originally disappointed to see our long favorite A3 go away.  At that price, it was hard for any of us to fathom that Scott or any rod manufacture could improve upon A3. I’m happy to report that Scott has not disappointed with the A4. We threw a wide range of the new A4 rod line and it was unanimous that these rods feels very clean throughout the casting stroke with wicked flat loops.  What I noticed personally, is that the A4 can handle a little more punch then the A3.  Often times with the A3 I felt like I had to change my casting stroke to match the rod.  The A4 can handle a hard punch out to 100+ feet just the same as a comfortable cast to 30 ft.

James’s Take on the A4
Cosmetically, the rod is absolutely beautiful.  Like the rest of the Scott family the A4 takes on the Scott signature unsanded blanks.  This not only adds an extreme amount of durability, it has a unique look, texture and something that separates it from every other rod.

Who is the New  A4 Line of Rods Designed for…..

  • Someone buying their first fly rod, who values Colorado/American Made craftsmanship, and a performance rod that you will never outgrow and will always have a place for in your quiver of rods.  If this is you, looks to the 9ft rods in the 4-6wt range depending on the type of fishing you typically do.
  • For the more experienced angler, the A4 is nothing to look past.  I personally, can see myself picking up a few A4’s for situations or types of fishing I don’t do often and find hard to justify forking out premium rod dollars for.  For instance, I can see myself doing a little more Euro/Czech style nymphing this year. I think the Scott A4 10 foot 4wt is a czech nymphing dream rod without spending a fortune.
  • Another rods to think about in the line might be the Scott A4 10′ 6wt for the still water  angler who fishes out of a belly boat or from shore and needs a little more leverage in the cast while sitting in a belly boat or wading a little deeper than you should.
  • For those interested in Carp, wiper, bass or pike, the 7-9 weight rods have a lot more power than the A3 did.  If the S4S is hard to justify at $725 the A4 will keep the wife a bit happier.

What Scott Has to Say About the A4…
Handcrafted from start to finish in Montrose, Colorado by the skilled artisans at Scott Fly Rod Company, A4 rods feature many of the technological and process innovations that have been features 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 super flat, very 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.
The component group is truly best in class.

A4 rods cover a wide variety of fishing situations from small creeks to inshore and saltwater flats.

So whether you like to pursue trout, panfish, salmon, or tarpon, there are A4 rods designed to get the job done better.

Fly Line Recommendation for  Scott A4

6 Responses to New Scott A4 Fly Rod Review

  1. Dan Van Buskirk says:

    I am a beginning fly angler. I will be fishing the Driftless Area in Wisconsin where i live and then fishing out West in Colorado. I have a Z-Axis 8 weight for the large Salmon and Trout in our rivers around Milwaukee and i am looking for a 4-5 weight to fish smaller trout. The Scott A-4 has been recommended to me along with the Orvis Superfine Touch. Could you share your opinion on how these two would compare. I would like a rod that can make it easier for me to make a delicate presentation on small trout streams yet have good power and versatility. I would prefer to buy American made rods always. Are there any other rods that you would recommend like the Sage ZXL?

    • Theo says:

      The A4 and Superfine are very different rods. The A4 is an economical all around medium/fast type of fly rod designed for versatility. The Superfine is designed specifically to be a soft presentation rod for fishing dry flies. If you are looking for an all around 4-5wt that you can nymph with, throw dries or strip streamers than do the A4. If you want a rod specific for fishing dries than I would recommend either a lighter line a4 (8′ 3wt) or one of my new favorites the Redington Temp.

  2. Dan Van Buskirk says:

    All of the hype around the Hardy zenith but it is a 600.00 rod made in Korea. Are the 400.00 rods like the Scott A-4 as good performance wise in your opinion? I would rather support the Colorado economy but i also want a really nice performing rod that i can use for years out west or here around the Driftless area. Dan

    • Theo says:

      WE really like the A4 and this rod carries it’s weight against any rod under $500. Once you get above $500, it’s really hard to justify buying anything other than the Sage ONE, or Sage Circa at the moment. The technology in these rods are in a league of their own.

  3. dan van buskirk says:

    Thanks for all of the support. I found a good deal on a Sage ZXL 4 wt for the Driftless area and I considering purchasing a Scott A-4 6 wt for smallmouth and river fishing..anything larger and my Sage 8wt can take over. Has anyone fished with the A-4 9ft 6wt?

  4. Theo says:

    The A4 906-4 is an awesome rod if your looking for a versatile 6wt at a good price.

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