Winston and Scott spey rods, ???

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  1. willapabay

    willapabay New Member

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    Have any of you had experience with either of these rods?


    SCOTT G PLY 14' 9 WEIGHT SPEY ROD

    Winston Ibis 14’ 8/9 wt, 4 piece Spey

    Also, really interested in knowing what you think about St. Croix spey rods Traditional or european style. Which model(s) are worth looking at and which are not.. I have had some experience with the lower end St. Croix single hand fly rods and found them to be poor casting. thanks


    Ron on the Willapa
     
  2. Sloan Craven

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    I tried out a scott spey rod and really liked it. I don't remember if it was an 8 weight or 9 weight. I own a St. Croix and like it, but it is stiff which I know many don't care for.
     
  3. halcyon

    halcyon Hallelujah, I'm a Bum!!!

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    The Ibis is an excellent spey rod for PNW waters. Now that it is discontinued it is also to be found at a reduced price where there are still some available.

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    I concur with Halcyon, the Winston Ibis is a very nice casting 2-hander of excellent value that unfortunately has been discontinued. The Ibis is a fast recovering, medium-stiff rod. There should be some availble for very good prices right now.

    I have never cast a Scott G Ply 2-hander.

    I bought St. Croix 2-handers for both of my teen sons because they are excellent value for the money with an action between the slow traditional 2-handers and the moderately-fast ones like the CND Specialist series. They are a moderate recovering, moderately stiff, a little on the slow side of medium action. They have a "stepped taper", which means that the top of the rod loads pretty easily for shorter casts, the middle is stiffer and handles the load for mid-range casts, and the yet stiffer butt handle the load for long casts; but they are by no means fast, stiff rods like T&T, Loomis GLX, Carron, or Loop Green Series. The "step taper" of the St. Croix blanks means that they are a little less smooth in transferring power with increasing casting load; but unless you are an advanced spey caster, you won't notice it. And like the other lower-priced St. Croix Imperial model rods, the cosmetics aren't the best. Don't get me wrong, they have entirely workable and adequate cosmetics; but they are made with cheaper reel seats and cork.

    You might also consider Redington, which are very nice, fast recovering, medium-fast rods.
     
  5. Old Man

    Old Man Just an Old Man

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    Well I had a 14'er St Croix and it was like casting a broom stick. Caught a dolly on it and it didn't even bend. Sold it to Davy and now he's stuck with it.:rofl: :rofl:

    Jim
     
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    Ron,

    I haven't cast the Scott, but I agree with others that the Winston Ibis is a very nice rod.

    Sincerely,

    Salmo g.
     
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    the Scott G is a very mellow rod, slow and smooth nothing fancy, not the best bet for really heavy tips, the scott s2 is a better bet for that. The ibis is a little punchier. The st. croix is ok.... But who the hell wants an OK fly rod? get the winston boron rod, you will never regret it, or sell it to a "friend".
    Jim
     

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