Such is the case with the new "Radian" fly rod from Scott, which deservedly won "Best in Show" in the New Product Showcase of the recent International Fly Tackle Dealer trade expo. I have actually been playing around with the new Radian (9-foot, 5-weight) for over a month now. While it impressed me right out of the tube, the more I actually fish it, the more I like it. It seems like every few years a new rod design comes along that legitimately changes the performance paradigm like the G.Loomis GLX, the Sage XP, or the Orvis Helios. As for the Radian, it didn't so much shock me in terms of lightness in hand like the Helios did several years ago and it didn't immediately impact my casting stroke like GLX did many years before that. Rather, it's an all-around feel that's best proven on the water, with actual fish, that makes this rod shine.