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Scott (Harry Wilson SF Built Rod) - F-81 Powr-Ply Fiberglass
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Scott (Harry Wilson SF Built Rod) - F-81 Powr-Ply Fiberglass

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Scott (Harry Wilson SF Built Rod) - F-81 Powr-Ply Fiberglass
type: Fiberglass
condition: VG - Very Good
rod length: 8
rod sections : 2
rod weight: 6
includes: Original rod tube and sock
description: Very nice early Scott Glass Rod blank built by Harry Wilson in the original SF shop. Rated in "VG" condition. Rated as a 6wt but will do very nicely with a dt5. This is one of the kit rods nicely done. No issues with the rod at all with the rod tube having marks from normal fishing trips and storage. Great piece of Scott history from the father who name his company after his Son Scott. HISTORY:Scott Rod Company Harry Wilson was the talented rod maker who started Scott Powr-Ply Company in 1974. In 1975, Wilson demonstrated his management savvy when he hired his first employee, one Larry Kenney. This team developed and grew the company from Wilson's basement to a major rod company in just a few short years. Wilson retained ownership until 1987, when he sold the company to William Ford (Ford Motor Co.). In 1989, Steve Phinney purchased a share of the ownership. Larry Kenney retained his ownership share until 1993 and continued as a company director until 1996. In 1994, the company was moved to Montrose, CO. Currently, the company president and lead rod designer is Jim Bartschii. Bartschii started with Scott in the 80s and took over as company president in the late 90s. One of the early Scott developments was the Flex Ferrule, an internal spigot ferrule with the same flex as the rod blank. In addition, Harry Wilson developed a technique of adding internal fiberglass sleeves into the rod blanks to modify the stiffness and vibration of the final rods. Scott rods were known for their fine casting properties. Each rod blank was flexed and trimmed to match the characteristics of the master blank for that model. This ensured consistency from rod to rod. (1) Differences in the various Scott fiberglass rod models (information from posts by Larry Kenney) Scott's original glass blanks - both yellow and brown - were built by California Tackle Co of Gardena, CA using e-glass and polyester resins on proprietary mandrels designed by Harry Wilson. Cal Tackle made the Sabre line of conventional rods but virtually no fly rods except for custom contract work like that done for Scott. The only difference between the yellow and brown was the pigment. Scott discontinued fiberglass in 1981, although a few rods were built from existing blank inventory on special order. Scott relaunched glass with the Fibertouch line in mid90s. Originally in a dark amber color, the rods were made from S-glass with epoxy resins on new mandrels. In addition, the new glass blanks were, and continue to be, rolled by Scott, first in Berkeley, CA and later in Montrose, CO. Other than a few pre-1973 rods built on Lamiglas blanks by Harry Wilson, Scott glass has had at least 5 separate generations: a) original yellow glass, slightly on the amber/orange end of the spectrum, built for Scott by Cal Tackle Co from 1973 to 1976-ish b) same glass, same mandrels, same patterns with a slightly different yellow color going just slightly toward the green end of the spectrum. The color change reflected a change in the pigment in the pre-preg used in 1976 and 1977 c) brown glass, simply a different pigment, a conscious color change by Scott. The blanks were still rolled by Cal Tackle on the same mandrels and patterns, from about 1978 to 1981 d) the brown S-glass rolled on new mandrels by Scott itself starting in 1993, but without the internal sleeves of the earlier Wilson era glass rods e) the black S-glass rolled on those same new mandrels beginning around 1996, also without the internal sleeves 1970-80s Scott Fiberglass Rod Models "Scott built two piece models in yellow glass and five piece yellow models. Scott didn't list three piece models until 1979, the year after the switch to brown glass, though it's likely we made some after that in yellow with remnant inventory. We built them all, along with the occasional four piece, 9' # 9 line rod (never listed) through 1981, after which they weren't listed, but were still built on occasion on request." The heavier rods were available with short fixed fighting butts. "Original yellow glass rods had gold aluminum hardware, either down locking slide band or full metal uplock. Stripping guides were Perfection chrome WCSs or WCGs. Wraps were a brown special dye lot by Sunset. Brown blanks had the same rust/brown fittings used on the graphite rods. Guides switched to the new Perfection ACS ceramic insert type, with the shock ring dyed rust to match wraps and hardware, same as on graphite. Wraps also went to rust/red from brown at this time. Very few glass rods, if any, were finished with the black hardware that was the next change for graphite rods." Larry Kenney


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