Years ago I bought a Scott A2 Fly rod, 905/9' 5 wt. It was a budget reach at the time but I had to have it. Over the years I've caught everything from small trout in Minnesota and Nebraska to big bass on the rod. It kinda got to the point where like Capt. Call in Lonesome Dove, I just kept riding one horse no matter how many fly rods I bought or what I was after.
A good friend took it to Alaska 4 times, I always felt like I was giving the rod a gift from me to it. I finally got it here myself this last year I caught dollies, rainbows, silvers, pinks, and pike on it. I used an Albright 9' 7 wt too but I'll never have a better rod for myself, no matter the price. Silvers were a bit much, but I had to tangle with a few on it.
On the last day in the rod got broke and I was resigning myself to getting a new Scott 4 piece to make the next trip a little easier. But Scott came through and it'll go again next time.
Yes, I call it "Heck Beech" just like Woodrow.