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Sage Fly Rods Vs Scott Fly Rods

Sage and Scott are both leaders in the fly rod industry. Although they are vastly different companies, they are two of the top players, and can be found in most fly shops.

This article will cover the pros and cons of each brand. It should give you a better idea of each company, so you can make your own decision.

Anglers looking for the fastest, most responsive rods should stick with Sage rods. Anglers looking for more feel and finesse should consider Scott rods. These companies differ a lot in their rod building processes, thus separating the Sage fans from the Scott fans.

Make no mistake, both Sage and Scott make amazing rods. You can’t really go wrong with either. However, brand loyalty is definitely a factor – and you may decide to go with one company over the other.

Sage Fly Rods

Sage Foundation Fly Rod Combo
Sage Foundation Outfit

Sage fly rods is a very large fly rod brand based in Bainbridge Island, Washington. They are owned by the parent company Far Bank – which also owns Redington Gear and Rio Products. Sage does a huge business, and is by far the most popular fly rod brand.

Founded in 1980, Sage has been building world class fly rods for over 40 years. They come out with new rods much more often than Scott does, as they are always innovating.

Pros Of Sage

There are many benefits of going with a Sage fly rod. They are well established, and they have an awesome warranty program. Sage has a very large following, as well as brand loyalty from their customers.

  • Many rods to choose from – They have about 12 rod families to choose from, all with many different models and lengths
  • Streamlined warranty process – can be done entirely online with secure payment options
  • These rods hold their resale value year after year
  • Sage also offers a large line of quality reels
  • Sage is the leader in new graphite fly rod technology

Cons Of Sage

Although Sage doesn’t have many downsides, there are still a few to consider.

  • Warranty fees can be expensive – the older the rod, the more expensive it is to repair
  • Repair times can take months, especially when they’re backed up
  • A “cheap” Sage rod is over $400, with high end models costing over $1000

Scott Fly Rods

 

Scott Radian Fly Rod
Scott Radian Fly Rod

Scott is a Colorado company, with all rods being hand built in Montrose, Colorado. They are a much smaller operation than Sage, but they still produce rods for most fly shops. You can not buy direct from Scott, you must go through an authorized fly shop.

Founded in 1973 in San Francisco, Scott has been one of the leaders in fly rod building for a long time.

Scott offers less fly rod models, and they don’t come out with new rods very often. They come out with a great rod, and then keep it in their lineup for years.

Pros Of Scott

  • Scott rods have some of the best craftsmanship in the industry – very detailed building process
  • Their “unfinished”, textured blanks are very unique
  • The warranty process is quite easy – pay $65 and ship your broken rod back to them
  • Scotts hold their resale value extremely well
  • Amazing graphite rods, but they also offer fiberglass and bamboo models – Sage does not

Cons Of Scott

  • Scott has less rods to choose from – only 7 rod families as of 2022
  • Scott can take months to repair rods – they are a smaller operation with less staff than Sage
  • Scott rods are very expensive – they start at $675

Conclusion

To wrap things up, Sage is a great company if you want many more rods to choose from, as well as high quality reels. They are also easier to find at most fly shops and online dealers. Their warranty process is very easy, and can be completed entirely online. Sage offers the fastest graphite available, which many anglers are starting to prefer. However, they don’t have fiberglass or bamboo rods available.

Scott is a good choice if you are looking for a unique fly rod with more craftsmanship. However, there are less models to choose from than Sage. They are only available from select dealers, and their warranty process is more old school – you must print out the form and fill it out. However, their fiberglass and bamboo models are world class, if you’re looking to get into one of these rods.