Scott has come out with a fly rod that epitomizes value-packed saltwater performance. The Tidal, a mid-priced saltwater series from Scott, sports a caster-friendly blank and some features to be excited about. While the Tidal falls short of the performance of the Meridian, that’s to be expected from a mid-priced rod series. The Tidal is made for flats fishing, tough conditions, and big fish. Scott has succeeded in creating a series that’s powerful, accessible, and highly functional. The Tidal is the epitome of decades of Scott design and craftsmanship. An added bonus: the Tidal is handcrafted from start to finish in Montrose, Co.

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 – The rod blank of the Tidal benefits from Scott’s X-Core technology. X-Core widens blank diameter for increased stability and decreases wall mass for unparalleled sensitivity. Scott uses fast taper mandrels and ARC reinforcement to create rods that are strong and loaded with feel. X-Core technology is a large reason Scott has packed so many features into the Tidal at such an affordable price point.

Multi Modulus Design – Scott’s Multi-Modulus blank design creates smoother rod flex and increased line recovery by varying fiber tensile modulus throughout the Tidal. This technology allows Scott to control stiffness and flexibility at every point along the rod blank. The result? Smooth, fine-tuned performance. The blank of the Tidal also boasts a natural finish, like all Scott rods.



Extra Large SiC Stripping Guides

 – The best rods start with the best components. The Tidal has two extra large stripping guides for improved fish fighting power and safe line management. These guides are fitted with Silicon Carbide inserts that are diamond polished for reduced drag and improved casting performance.

Hard Chrome Recoil Snake Guides – Hard Chrome guides add to the functionality and durability of the Tidal. Snake guides are industry-accepted and time-proven. The recoil guides on the Tidal will never rust and are made with ‘memory metal’ to return to their original shape after being bent or crushed. This rod is a fishing tool and these guides get the job done.


Reel Seat

Self-Indexing Anodized Aluminum

 – The Tidal’s reel seat is made with black anodized aluminum. While not as showy as other Scott rods, anodized aluminum holds up well in all saltwater environments. The reel seat of the Tidal, like the rod in general, is built for functionality, not showmanship. A double uplocking component holds even the largest saltwater reels in place.


Rod Tube

Cordura Rod Tube

 – The Tidal comes in a durable black Cordura rod tube that protects the rod during travel to and from the flats. Cordura rod tubes have long been an industry-accepted mid-priced alternative to aluminum tubes.



Scott Lifetime Warranty

 – The Tidal, like all Scott fly rods, is covered by the Scott Lifetime Warranty, which covers the rod for the life of the original owner. As of July 2015, the cost of these repairs is $50 and the turnaround time is about 4 weeks. Rods must be registered within 30 days of purchase to qualify for the warranty.


More Info

Rod Action:


Best for: Saltwater, Big Flies

Grip: Full-Wells w/ Fighting Butt

Ability Level: Intermediate – Expert (learn more)


Recommended Lines

We highly recommend using a saltwater specific line. Our favorite for tropical applications is:


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