When I have fished with various fishing guides in Montana, I noticed many of them are biased against Winston rods, especially when fishing streamers with a sinking line. They seem to prefer rods with a little more backbone, ie a Sage XP. Has anyone had similar feedback?
Could anyone recommend a floating line for a pre-IM6 8′ 3 wt. 2 piece rod?
This rod will be used mainly for fishing a medium-sized river with smallish (16′s and up) dries on fine tippets. I have another 7’6″ 4 wt. that I will use for the small brookie streams.
Thanks for any suggestions-
Anyone have any recent, last 6 months or so, taken delivery of a Winston
Bamboo rod? Curious only to know how the quality and the craft has changed if any? There are no prices listed on the web and I haven’t the new price book. Would also be eager to hear qualified comments on Winston current offerings and pricing versus T&T or other “qualified”
bamboo shops. Seems like we really haven’t discussed Winston bamboo much other than one thread some time ago, which spoke about a lady out there taking over the boo division. Recent news relative to the subject etc………………………………………….
I recently heard people mentioning Powell rods, but am unfamiliar with them…
Did the company go out of business??? Were they respected in the same breath as Winston, Scott, T&T, etc.??
So I just received a used Winston 8’6″ 5 weight from the auction site and much to my dismay, the reel seat butt cap is loose and is easily removable by hand. Now, this rod is obviously out of warranty and I think I can probably handle the repair myself (famous last words to be sure) but I’m not sure of the appropriate epoxy to use to re-attach the cap.
The reel seat is a down-locking one with a Maple insert, so I expect there will be added pressure on the butt cap from tightening the reel down. Can someone please suggest an epoxy that holds super-tight and is waterproof and hopefully something I can pick up at the hardware store? Also, any suggestions on aligning the seat with the guides would be appreciated.
Has anybody cast the 9′ and 9’6″ versions of the MX rod above ?. Are they both “true” seven weights or do they need to be overlined ?? What saltwater lines would recommend ?
I’ve got the B11X in 9′ and 9’6″ 8#’s and here the extra 6″ makes quite a big difference. Going to South Andros in late November and the 9’6″ B11X will be my no. 1 goto rod.
Appreciate your comments on this one.
OK now that I am looking for more ways to use a fly rod……what weight rod would you get as a bass/bone fish rod? I have seen recommondations for anything between 7-8-9. I would not catch a bass over 5lbs as they are rare on the lake where I live and would like something I could take on a flats trip.
Also, would a MX be the ideal choice?
Thanks for help from the wealth of knowledge here.
I have 9′ 5 wt WT I’ve been using to fish a spring fed, clear lake. Because the lake is clear, I have to make fairly long delicate cast on 6x tippet w/ small flies and let the fly drift over the fish. The rod works ok but I’m wondering how Biix and GVX would perform under these conditions. I’d like to strike that fine balance between power and soft touch.
When I get lucky and get my timing perfect, the WT makes some wonderful casts and it’s soft enough to protect the tippet. However more often than not it buckles when I’m off by a hair. So instead of working on my casting, I’m thinking I should get another rod . So, is GVX’s action too close to WT? I was considering Biix 9.5′ 5wt. but I’ll have to settle on 9′ GVX since they don’t come in 9.5′.
What do you folks think?
Hi, i?ve been thinking to purchase a 9,6? BIIx rod on 5 weight , the thing is that i have no chance at all to cast this rod before buy it because i live in Chile and the only winston dealer is about 1000 Km. away.
So can anybody tell me if this fast action rod is somehow similar to Sage?s XP, Z-axis or Winston LT (only reference that i have) to know what to expect ?
I read on winston web that it has fighting but, is it removable?
Any help will be great.
Need advice for choosing between a boron IIT or an LT, 5wt 8’6″. I want a medium stiffness rod.
My other rods are a well worn Orvis 6wt travel rod and a ten year old Winston 8wt graphite. I want to step up to a better small to medium trout rod.
Am considering using the old Orvis Battenkill 5/6 reel from the travel rod. Suggestions for a first rate reel consistent with the rod? I have a Ross Cimarron on the Winston 8 wt.
Western/ Rockies fishing. However, I still have my grandfather’s bamboo Hedden and would like to get up to Michigan for the steelhead runs….but that’s more like 8 wt fishing. Also have his Parker 16ga shotgun, but that’s another story.