Scott Meridian Saltwater Fly Rods

Using increased recovery speed rather than stiffness to more efficiently transfer energy, Meridian rods help you to quickly make accurate casts at any distance
in demanding saltwater conditions. You will be amazed at how fast you can get the fly from your hand to the fish.

Meridian rods are fitted with newly designed components that defy harsh saltwater environments. Scott developed a new reel seat milled from aircraft grade aluminium, featuring self-indexed slide hoods, extra deep knurling to easily turn lock rings with wet hands, type 3 mil-spec hard coat in non-reflective flat black, and line weight engravings for quick rod identification in boat racks.

The Meridian series features #8 and #10 models in 8’4″ length. These rods are designed for tighter fishing situations like throwing flies for barramundi in mangroves or bream in snags and structure. The 8’4″ models also double as great flats rods for those looking for a rod that loads quickly at closer range — our buddies in New Calendonia strongly favoured the original S4s 8′ models for this style of fishing.

Of course there is a full range of 9′ 4-pc rods in weights 6 through to 12. No doubt these will be the most popular Meridian series as they offer great portability and perfect actions. For those wanting more lifting power the 8’10” 2-pc models will come into their own. Compared to standard 9′ 4-pc rods the 2-pc Meridians feature faster tapers. And by eliminating the ferrule in the centre of the butt section, the ‘power section’ in this area of the rod can be elongated, giving more lifting power which will come in handy for those chasing giants or fishing from boats.

How about a Meridian 8’4″ #15 Bluewater? Now this is a different beast, featuring a reasonable amount of unidirectional glass in the blank, which makes it a very castable #15 (who would have thought there was such a thing). Micah Adams has done some tests with this rod and was able to pull well over 5.5 kg worth of dead weight with the rod.

What’s more, the well calculated flex in this #15 rod creates a deflection closer to a stand-up game rod than a traditional heavy-weight fly rod. This equates to a fulcrum point in the rod’s flex sitting right in front of the angler’s forearm, which results in a comfortable fight so you’ll be able to apply maximum pressure throughout the battle.

The simple end result in our eyes is a range of super light and yet unbelievably powerful saltwater rods that still retain the signature Scott feel, which sets them apart from all other fast action fly rods on the market.

Scott Fly Rods are distributed in New Zealand and Australia by Manic Tackle Project. For more information check out www.manictackleproject.com