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Re: Scott F Series
Post 12 Jul 2019, 06:35 • #251 
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I got the guys from the clave here and they prefer the 6' 2/3 Steffen over the 5'8" Scott,saying the Scott feels like a short rod.I own both and once you get a little line out it's fine.The guys liked the 6'6" F2 over the new F hope that helps.......Aurelio


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Re: Scott F Series
Post 13 Jul 2019, 05:24 • #252 
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aurelio corso wrote:
I got the guys from the clave here and they prefer the 6' 2/3 Steffen over the 5'8" Scott,saying the Scott feels like a short rod.I own both and once you get a little line out it's fine.The guys liked the 6'6" F2 over the new F hope that helps.......Aurelio
Were these assessments based on lawn casting or fishing within your special water environment?


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Re: Scott F Series
Post 13 Jul 2019, 06:24 • #253 
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Interesting


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Re: Scott F Series
Post 13 Jul 2019, 23:06 • #254 
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Lawn casting........Robert is out fishing Bobs 6 PC. 4 wt. now can't wait for him to get back........Aurelio
I fished the rods above and like them all but if I had to keep 2 it would be the Stefen and the F2 653 and I orderd the 7'2" 6pc.that Bob built because of packability and it has enough power to drive tight loops into some headwind,Robert liked it a lot and I will fish it on Sunday.


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Re: Scott F Series
Post 13 Jul 2019, 23:34 • #255 
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Thanks Aurelio. Your consistency for the Steffen and Scott says a lot. So always interested when a rod has the potential to upset the long running favorites. Especially pack rods.


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Re: Scott F Series
Post 07 Nov 2019, 22:46 • #256 
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I just got my new Custom Scott F723/5 rod in the mail today. Can't wait to get out and lawn cast it tomorrow when it's light outside!


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Re: Scott F Series
Post 19 Nov 2019, 15:20 • #257 
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Was that the one that was on eBay? I think you outbid me!


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Re: Scott F Series
Post 19 Nov 2019, 15:47 • #258 
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I'd love to try the shorter Steffen, but I can confirm the F2 653 is a beast. I had it out a couple of months ago and found I preferred it for a hopper dropper setup (#10 stimulator + #16 nymph) over my Steffen 3/4 7'9". That I didn't expect. But it handled the awkward setup very well, even at distance, making me wonder what situations I would really use the Steffen for.


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Re: Scott F Series
Post 19 Nov 2019, 19:16 • #259 
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mikee wrote:
I just got my new Custom Scott F723/5 rod in the mail today. Can't wait to get out and lawn cast it tomorrow when it's light outside!

I have that same custom rod, love it!


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Re: Scott F Series
Post 20 Nov 2019, 08:59 • #260 
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How does the F2 653 compare with the F723/5 looking for a pack rod.johan851 I use my Steffen 3/4 on bigger water and fish.......Aurelio


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Re: Scott F Series
Post 20 Nov 2019, 09:15 • #261 
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Isn't the F2 653 the 'Japan Special' that was initially only made for the Japanese Market?


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Re: Scott F Series
Post 20 Nov 2019, 09:19 • #262 
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No.......Aurelio


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Re: Scott F Series
Post 20 Nov 2019, 09:22 • #263 
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Ah, that was the F2 723... :)

https://thefiberglassmanifesto.blogspot ... ecial.html


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Re: Scott F Series
Post 27 Jan 2020, 13:00 • #264 
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Hi everyone,

I’m new here. First post. I live in BC, Canada.

I own the F2 602/3 and the new FS 724/4.
The main difference between the two that I can tell is the F2 had a steeper taper and a “fast” action flex. The FS has a more gradual taper combined with a “medium-fast” flex. I’ve been fishing my 602 and only cast the old f2 703/3 and I found the “floppy tip” to be less noticeable with the shorter rod. I believe that fact combined with the stronger butt sections of the F2 to be the reason for their popularity. I have cast the 622/4 FS and the butt is softer than my 602. Now for the 724/4... I have noticed with this rod that my accuracy is better than my 602 at a distance of 20 or more. A lot of that is probably because it’s two line sizes up but it does seem to have a better “ take my time” pace to it. At the end of the day I find the two rods are just different and neither is really better than the other, but the casting and fishing of both is a pleasure.


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Re: Scott F Series
Post 27 Jan 2020, 13:02 • #265 
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Welcome, B-Fish, and thanks for a good report on the Scott rods!


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Re: Scott F Series
Post 27 Jan 2020, 14:04 • #266 
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I’m a big Scott fan, but I like my F2 653 so much I haven’t even bothered trying the new model. It’s a keeper.


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Re: Scott F Series
Post 27 Jan 2020, 14:56 • #267 
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Thanks for the reviews, funny enough these posts just popped up after reading through the whole thread today. Seen a couple of the newer f series knocking around for sale recently.


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Re: Scott F Series
Post 25 Mar 2020, 14:50 • #268 
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I gave my Scott F series 6'6" 3 wt a workout last September fishing hoppers in the Driftless. IMO, the rod was top tier.


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Re: Scott F Series
Post 07 Apr 2020, 06:52 • #269 
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I can't decide which of the F583 or F663 to buy, I wish I had bought the previous F2-653 while it was available for sale instead.


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Re: Scott F Series
Post 07 Apr 2020, 09:30 • #270 
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Ixoye,the F583 will fish as big as the F663 but does feel like a short rod until you get some line out.If you need sub 6’6” I would look at a 6’ 2/3 Steffen great in close out to 40’.The F663 is a nice rod but I feel that Scott took the cheap way out by going to e glass and using 2 mandrels instead of 3 for the F2 653,side by side these two rods cast about the same with the F2 a little sweeter in close and the slightly stronger butt better for fighting bigger fish.I am a big fan of the Scott F2 653 since I have 2 unused spare’s in my gun safe.........Aurelio


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Re: Scott F Series
Post 14 Apr 2020, 03:19 • #271 
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Ixoye,
I picked up the f583 and f663 last summer and fished both most of the season.. wouldn't get too bummed out about the f2653 no longer being on the market. The f663 or f583 are both comparable rods that will perform just as well. The pluses of the f583 is that is a great pack rod. It's also a very smooth casting rod that can fit in places other rods can't. I swear it got a cannon hidden in tip top. The only thing I don't like is that at times it can seem to have too much power, That rod can bee difficult when in close. It does have a not so shiney slide band which is great on these rods.
I fish a lot of small to medium sized streams and the 663 is perfect for them. The 663 is two different rods when a wf3 or dt3. It's ssssllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllooooooooooooooowwwwn with a wf. With a dt it is a magic wand cast go exactly where I want them unless user error creates a bad cast and I still think the rod partially fixes it.

Both great rods, hope this helps with your dilemma, My advice would be look what application you plan on using it for and pick the rod that best fits with those attributes because although from the same series, they are two totally different rods


Colin


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Re: Scott F Series
Post 16 Apr 2020, 04:47 • #272 
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Thanks for the answers guys, I have decided to go for the F663, I think that rod will suit me best for the small creek I plan to use it in, I also have a SA DT # 3 lying in a closet that I plan to use with the rod along with a LOOP Traditional 1-reel.


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Re: Scott F Series
Post 02 Aug 2020, 20:36 • #273 
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I just gotta share this.. I’m super impressed with my F series 723/5. I got a custom version with the cap and ring grip. I think this may just be the most versatile trout rod I’ve ever fished. Period.

First for casting... I found a 3 wt double taper to be a bit heavy for my liking, so I tried a 2 wt dt. The rod changed from getting bogged down to becoming med/fast action with good line speed. Turning over leaders of 12 feet. This rod has just enough length for stealthy long leaders making it good for still and slow water as well as creeks. The other line that works very well for me is a 3 wt Royal Wulff triangle taper. It loads into the butt more, but with less mass at the front of the line it doesn’t bog down like the 3wt dt. Using these lines I’m able to fish up to 40 feet out (without wind) and sling shot cast tungsten beads up to 3/16 if necessary. Versatile? I think so. Thanks Scott.

Now for the neatest part of this rod I’ve found. The tip section is so light that it will load with 10lb monofilament plus tippet and no line at all out of the rod tip. Casting 15-20 feet of “leader” in spooky spots is very useful. I also own an F2 602/3 and F 724/4 and neither do this quite as well. It works, but the soft tip section of the 723/5 allows the leader casting to be smoother, more accurate, and more graceful somehow in my opinion. The rod is just that fine and soft. Each fin flick is felt with 4” fish as well.

Lastly, this rod has enough guts in the butt section. The blank itself is close or identical to the 4 wt 724/4 in thickness. ( I put them side by side) Having a “4 wt” butt section is great for fish fighting making the rod comfortable on fish to 18”. I recently caught a 25” rainbow in heavy water and although very under gunned I was able to fight it off the butt of the rod with 6lb tippet and run to land the fish a pool below of where I hooked it. I wouldn’t use this rod catching fish of that size regularily, but it’s nice to know that if a “whale” bites I’ll have a chance.

Overall, it’s glorious for fish from 4”- 18” and casts 2wt or 3wt lines. It’s incredible the range it has while still being extremely sensitive. This makes the 723/5 my new favorite.


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Re: Scott F Series
Post 04 Aug 2020, 16:35 • #274 
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Quick question hopefully someone has an answer. I’m looking at adding an Abel TR, the newer series, to the arsenal. My Abel made CFO II has a steep reel foot angle that I’d have to mash the cork to slip the ring over my F2 or FS. My Colorado LT just fits like a glove. What can I expect from the new TR? I’d be ordering over the phone so not test fitting.


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Re: Scott F Series
Post 04 Aug 2020, 17:18 • #275 
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Can you post some photos of the two reel feet? preferably together? How long are the feet?


Tom


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