even though we have some amazing glass rod makers doing business these days, I wouldn't sell Scott short. Jim (Bartuli?) has designed many very fine rods and these deserve a proper look see. Only time will tell but there could very well be some gems among these new light line glass rods (think F2 663). I do wish Scott would try their hand at a long 3 wt. such as Kenney's 8'1 3 wt. though trying to improve on that rod may be a lesson in futility. I think the introduction of a 7'7 5 weight into the G series line up precluded any hope of a new 5 weight glass offering. In any case, I'm happy to see Scott staying relevant to the glass community. My hats off to them.
Agreed! I stumbled upon the new rods on the Scott website today while looking at their saltwater offerings. My first impression was "yeah, new glass rods from Scott!" followed immediately by "glad I grabbed my F2 653 when I did", followed by "aw crap, they are all 4 piece!". I had to quickly remind myself that Scott Bartuchi is quite the genius when it comes to fly rod design and is fully intune with both the heritage/lineage of the company and what the customers want. By all accounts he knocked it out of the park with the new GS series, somehow managing to make both fans of the original G and G2 series happy at the same time. That's no small feat, and I expect he took the same great care with the new F Series.
$700 is indeed very tough to swallow for a specialty tool from a major manufacturer, but for many that means I will absolutely cast first before buying. I plan to cast the 622 with the high hopes of finding a true 2wt. That all being said, my only real critique at this point would be I would have rather seen him attempt a longer 3wt then the 5 piece pack model as Frogmorton suggested.