Scott Meridian MS908-4 ReviewMay 6, 2016
- Excellent casting distance
- Great power in windy conditions
- Good accuracy at longer distances
- Made in the USA
- Can be difficult to cast
- Heavy swing-weight
- Highest price
The Scott Meridian is a powerful tool that lets skilled casters shoot line to (or near) personal best distances. The fast action helps power line and fly through winds with ease, and the composite materials and engineered taper keep the line on target for solid accuracy at distance. The Meridian proved a bit more difficult to handle when fishing up close—the rod just likes to go long. It requires a substantial cash outlay for that incredible speed and casting distance.
The ultra-fast Meridian powered line and fly through the stiffest Pacific winds funneling through the Strait of Juan de Fuca, and across the blustery trades that buffeted my Hawaiian outings. When the winds died off, the Meridian pushed line good distances for me, but in the hands of more skilled casters, I watched the Meridian cast to the backing. Less experienced anglers—or rather, those whose experience tended toward light lines and rising trout—found themselves overmatched by the Meridian’s need for extreme line speed. I also struggled at times to drop flies gently on close-in fish (less than 30 or 40 feet away).
Fit and feel
The Scott Meridian is beautifully crafted, with matt-black (to help eliminate glare) anodized aluminum reel seats and a gunmetal gray paint finish. The narrow taper of the fighting butt was a little small for my hand, but others found it sufficiently comfortable. The deep well of the grips fit perfectly in my hand and helped improve tip control through the powerful casts.
Distance and Accuracy
Anglers with experience with ultra-fast action rods, especially in the heavier line weights, found the Meridian a distance machine. I personally neared by personal best casting distances with accuracy—I did better only with the Sage Salt—and found it could push more line through stiff winds with the Meridian that with any other rod I tested. But I couldn’t cast in close on a regularly basis with accuracy or finesse. The ultra-fast Meridian just needs speed and speed needs distance.
The Meridian could be the ideal rod for experienced salt anglers who regularly face stiff ocean winds, or skittish fish requiring long approaches. This rod is made for those situations and, in those situations, it can’t be beat. But the Meridian doesn’t do as well when deviating from those conditions.
Dan Nelson- Fly Fishing Editor
Dan Nelson is GearInstitute.com's fly fishing editor. He is based in the Pacific Northwest.