My new Scott G2 two-weight arrived in the mail just in time for a quick trip to one of my favourite small streams in the Snowy Mountains followed by a couple of days on larger Victorian waters.
I hardly had time to look at it before it was thrown in the car with all the other twigs for the trip including the original G series 2-weight I’ve had for the last twenty years. It’s been my yardstick for judging the quality and feel of every light rod I’ve bought since.
The new G2’s have a lot to live up to.
The G series has been made for around thirty years and has a well deserved reputation for feel, a thing sadly missing in some modern powerful rods. To me a 2-weight is for tight trout streams where accuracy is king, not belting out eighty-foot casts.
Fishing with the new 7’7″ 2-weight for the first time, I’m relieved that Scott has not made huge changes to what was already one of the best light trout rods available.
Compared to the G, the new rod has more power in the mid section, but still all the original feel of the tip. It’s a sweet casting thing in close, but more comfortable with a longer line if needed.
After a brief familiarisation period I felt right at home with it at 15 feet or 50. It’s also exceptional for roll casts.
Line choice is critical with light rods so I tried three lines on the rod over two days fishing, and came to the conclusion that the Scientific Anglers XPS in double taper suits best for small water where the casts are short and accuracy is important.
For longer casts and larger flies a weight-forward GPX worked well; the rod can easily put out a 40-ft plus cast. The double taper SA ‘Trout Taper’ I tried was a bit harsh, something I found quite strange as they are such a great line in weight forward on my 3-weight Scott Fibretouch.
The G2 rods come in line weights 2 to 6, in four pieces, with an aluminium tube and cloth bag, and are sold with an unconditional lifetime warranty.
The 2-weight is built on a dark grey un-sanded blank with brown wraps; it has a single sliding band reel-seat in black and an extra wrap at 12 inches—a nice touch for a quick measure of your fish.
My only complaint with the new rod is the colour of the wraps. To my eye the brown is a bit of a mismatch with the lovely grey blank—the original was a richer red/brown thread.
The Manic tackle project Scott G2 website.
Review originally posted in Flylife Magazine #43
(C) David Anderson / Twigwater