Scott Flex    9’ 5-weight        $475.00

Scott Felx

Scott Felx

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George's Notes:

This is a new mid-priced rod from Scott and I’m mystified why it didn’t finish higher, since their fantastic Radian retained its #2 slot, right at the top of our Shootout.  In my hand the Radian feels light and crisp with a nice fast action and softer tip.  The Flex on the other hand, is much slower in action and far heavier in swing weight.  At 10.1 oz. it had one of the heaviest swing weights in our Shootout.  Only the Echo Base and BVK were worse.  Heavy, slower action rods are never much fun to cast.  These are the main reasons the Flex wasn’t even close to the Radian’s scores at any distance. The Flex’s performance was an overall disappointment since we had expected something much better.

Like the Radian, Scott sands the blank very lightly and then applies the finish epoxy so you can still see the tape marks on the rod.  Supposedly this makes the rod stronger and more durable.  The blank color is natural graphite gray with darker gray wraps trimmed with a little white on the butt section. The handle is a more standard half wells with the swell in the middle- not as comfortable in my hand as the Radian shape that has a pronounced swell farther forward. Scott uses standard cork rings too, not the fancier, thinner ones on the Radian.  The reel seat is a black anodized double uplock skeleton seat with a dark gray graphite insert.  And they omitted the useful measuring marks we found on the Radian! 


The perfect line: S.A. Amplitude MPX in WF-5-F.

Performance at 25 feet:  18.5 points out of 20.

I couldn’t cast off the tip nearly as nicely as with the Radian, so accuracy suffered.  The heavy swing weight hurt the feel too.  The Legend Elite and Sage X were noticeably better and the Radian far better.

Performance at 45 feet:  19.1 points out of 20

With more line in the air the performance was better.  My loops were tighter with pretty good accuracy.  In head to head casting, the Opti Stream, Recon and DXF were better. 

Performance at 70 feet: 8.6 points out of 10

Good with nice loops and control, but I’m worked harder than with the lighter rods. Both the Recon and Opti Stream were better out long.



 Scott Felx

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James' Notes:

The Scott Flex is really the only rod in the Shootout who's action I didn't care for.  It was slow and very tip heavy.  And perhaps I’m being hard on Scott since I know what they are capable of – near perfection.   The Scott Radian and Meridian are two of our all time favorite rods, and the G2 has always been one of the smoothest casting dry fly rods we can think of.  Unfortunately the Scott Flex is not in the same class as our other favorite Scott rods. 

I liked the Flex more at shorter distances than out long.  At 25 feet it was accurate enough, but its heavy swing weight eliminated any feel.  At 45 feet the Flex was OK but many of the less expensive rods had better feel, accuracy, and power.  At 70 feet the Flex really started to unravel. 

Aside from the oversized grip, (which could be sanded down easily enough), the craftsmanship on the Flex is excellent.  The Flex is made in Colorado, together with the Scott’s other rods.  I liked with the overall finish, and the epoxy coatings on the guide wraps. 

The Scott "Flex" easily has the best name of any new fly rod... 


Performance at 25 feet: 19 points out of 20 

The grip seemed big.  Other than that, the Flex is pretty accurate in close with a decent amount of feel. The Flex felt much heavier than the Mystic Reaper and Beulah Platinum, both of which are less expensive. 

Performance at 45 feet: 18.4 points out of 20

It was more difficult for me to turn over a 12-foot leader into the wind at 45 feet, than with the Orvis Recon or Sage Pulse.  Accuracy wasn’t nearly as good as most rods either, and a polar opposite of the Radian, which was a laser.  

Performance at 70 feet: 7.8 points out of 10

I just couldn’t get this rod to perform well for me at all at long distance.  Any time I tried to apply the power required to cast 70 feet the Flex would buckle and I would throw a tailing loop. Slowing my casting stroke down and applying the power more smoothly helped, but my maximum distance achieved, into the wind, was only about 55-60 feet. 



Scott Felx

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Logan's Notes:

The Scott Flex is a newer, mid-priced offering from Scott.  I was not overly impressed with the Flex, compared to the Radian.  The Flex has the classic Scott un-sanded look, which is one feature I do really like. I liked the action of the Radian much better with its softer tip.  The stiffer tip of the Flex and more moderate action didn’t give me much feel or accuracy, especially in close.  Otherwise it is a solid 5-weight.

Logan’s Casting Notes:

Performance at 25 feet:  17 out of 20

At 25 feet the Scott Flex was struggling to make delicate presentations.

Performance at 45 feet:  17 out of 20

The Scott Flex was doing much better at 45 feet.  This was the Scott Flex’s sweet spot.  It had a good balance of power and accuracy at this distance.

Performance at 70 feet:  7 out of 10

I was able to reach the plate at 70 feet but not with much accuracy.



Scott Felx

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JG's Notes:

I was looking forward to casting the Flex, as I thought that a good mid-priced rod from Scott would be a great choice for people who wanted a smooth, traditional rod without breaking the bank.  Unfortunately, it proved to be an awkward rod for me largely due to the funky grip shape, and a lifeless action that was much slower than Scott’s impressive Radian.      

25 Feet – 16.9 points out of 20
I didn't get much feel or sensitivity from the Flex while making short casts.  It was hard for me to present the fly with much accuracy or delicacy.

45 Feet – 17.6 points out of 20
The Flex wasn’t as bad at 45 feet, but still was not what I was hoping for.  It still lacked the feel needed for good accuracy.

70 Feet – 17.1 points out of 20
Unfortunately more of the same here. The lack of feel and distance to the target only compound problems for the Flex.