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Scott Wave Fly Rod Review

Scott is pleased to announce the arrival of the newest rod to their vaunted lineup, the Scott Wave. The Wave takes recently vacated place of the crowd favorite Tidal rod. The new Wave is joins the recently diminishing mid-priced fly rod market. 

Equally at home slam fishing the flats, casting fast sinking lines for stripers, or chasing carp and bass at the local park, Wave rods deliver high performance across a wide variety of fishing situations.

Light in hand, Wave rods easily generate high line speeds and controlled tight loops to cut through wind and deliver flies on target. With pulling power to spare, Wave rods are the perfect tool for pursuing powerful fish species in all fresh and saltwater environments.



Just like every other Scott rod, the moment you get this rod in your hands you will instantly recognize the high-quality components and that it was crafted by extremely skilled hands. The blank is that classic unsanded graphite finish for which Scott has become well known. 

Bone-white, soft cork in a full-wells configuration along with a cork and high-density EVA foam fighting butt.


Anodized aluminum reel seat with a blue woven carbon fiber insert which really draws the eyes and make the Wave stand out among the otherwise mellow Scott rods. 


Double stripping guides highlight that this rod was made for heavy lines and taking control of the fight with fish.


Alignment dots and the classic handwritten serial number and rod identification.


While the Wave is a branded as a saltwater rod, the one place that it can struggle is the especially long casts. During our time with the Wave, our Pro Staff felt that the optimum distance was between 50-75ft although we could put line out there when we really needed the extra length. 


The wave boasts some excellent recovery time and dampening which gives the rods some incredible accuracy. In short strikes under 30 feet, the rod was impressive but really came alive at those longer distances and the accuracy does not let you down as you start to reach out.


One of the members of the ReelFlyRod Pro Staff had the chance to fish the Scott Wave earlier in its lifecycle while it was still in the prototype phase. On a trip with our regional Scott Rep while on a trip bass fishing in Northern Michigan. Continue reading to learn more about the performance of the new Scott Wave from one of our more accomplished anglers in the shop and our Showroom Manager, Seth.

"I had the chance to Fished the 7wt 9’0" Scott Wave while wading with Phil Cook, our Scott Rep. When we got our hands on the rod it had very generic hardware on it and was codenamed the "Hooper". However the rod was branded at the time, the performance of the stick was undeniable.

"Even with subpar guides and grip, the rod felt very lightweight and easy to handle even with the full wells handle and a fighting butt."

"I would describe the flex of the rod as moderate and the action as a medium-fast which is similar to the current Sector but the Wave has a deeper flex profile and a lighter butt section."

"The Wave is plenty powerful enough turn over big heavy streamers (size 2+) and large poppers and we found that the sweet spot of the rod was that 45-75 feet range but don't discount the rod's ability to throw into short quarters when you see something cruising by your boat."

"Rod indexed beautifully giving optimal line control in proximity fishing and while fighting fish the rods taper really lends itself to directing the fish and giving the angler full control of the actions of the fish."

"For those Midwest and Southern bass anglers that might take the infrequent trip into salt waters, the Scott Wave should be on your shortlist for rods because if you want a rod that can do it all, then the Wave might be for you. The versability of this rod cannot be understated because it possesses so many characteristics that you want out of a bass, pike, and salt rod like, power, line speed, and a strong butt section for lifting heavy lines and fighting fish."

"Rods are subjective so to make wide, sweeping statements about them can silly but the Scott Wave might be the finest mid-priced saltwater rod on the market right now. Just like all other Scott rods, the Wave is reliable, stout, precise, comfortable, forgiving, and is a Swiss Army Knife because of its ability to be used in so many angling situations."

Technical Details

  • 6-12wt 9'0"
  • Four-piece configuration
  • Unsanded natural graphite Scott blank
  • Dark navy guide wraps with royal blue accent tipping
  • Double SiC stripping guides
  • Stainless steel snake guides with an oversized tiptop
  • $675 retail
  • Handcrafted in Montrose, Colorado
  • Packed with Scott proprietary technology like ReAact, X-Core, Multi-Modulus, ARC, and Fiberfuse Resin

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