You may be familiar with Scott’s mid-priced saltwater series the Scott Tidal. Rod designers have taken the best features of the Tidal and reworked the rod for Musky/Pike applications. The Tidal Musky Pike is a special rod from Scott designed with a very specific purpose in mind: to target big, toothy critters. This rod boasts an extended fighting butt, a stout rod made for heavy line and big flies, and Scott’s trademark unsanded rod blank. The Tidal Musky Pike makes targeting, fighting, and landing big meat-eating fish a breeze. Perhaps the best part is that Scott has kept the moderate price point of the Tidal to make big game freshwater fishing accessible for all anglers.
X-Core - The rod blank of the Tidal Musky Pike 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 such an affordable rod in the Tidal.
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 Musky Pike. 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. Titanium guides are not only up to 65% lighter than stainless steel, but they're also over 3 times stronger and totally saltwater safe. 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.
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.
Cordura Rod Tube - The Tidal Musky Pike, like the saltwater 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.
Rod Action: Fast
Best for: Freshwater, Big Flies
Grip: Full-Wells w/ Fighting Butt
Ability Level: Intermediate - Expert (learn more)
We highly recommend using a big game specific line. Our favorite for Pike and Musky applications is: