Dear Mr. Winston,
You done good when you built my seven weight BIIMx rod. Damn Good!
I’ve had all winter to admire the beauty of the rod and to try different reels on it. It definitely lives up to the Winston aesthetical standards and matches well with the clear Galvan Torque 6 reel in both finish and functionality
I adopted the rod to serve as a streamer rod on fairly small streams. I don’t need a rod that can cast 100 feet of line (That would have me fishing in the willows which would upset the furry friends!) . I need a rod that is accurate and can throw a sinking streamer line easily. I found the BIIMx to be perfect for my needs.
I found the BIIMx to have unlimited power. In some open areas on bigger water I was really punching the rod and it was really smooth and seemed to be capable of much more. I wasn’t limited by the rod, I was limited by the water!
The power is nice, but the difference maker for me was when i got on smaller water. I could cast softly to a tight spot and it still performed flawlessly. With a streamer line and four inch sculpin and leech patterns I could cast wiithin inches of the far bank or between logs in the water.
The rod seemed to load quickly at short distances. If I wanted to place my streamer in a spot in the stream 10-20 feet away I could just cast once and it was there.
I remember looking at the rod several times and thinking, “Wow! This rod is really light!” The full well handle had a good feel to it. There were times that I felt like my hand was too low on the handle, but I think that will take care of itself after I have used the rod for awhile.
The lack of a hookkeeper wasn’t a problem since I use four foot leaders with my streamer line. It sure was a lot easier breaking thought the willows and trees with a nine foot rod than it was with my ten foot BIIx!!!!
Some may not like the sound from the casts of the BIIMx. I guess that comes from the supersonic line speeds.
The BIIMx met all of my expectations. It will be the only rod that I will be using for streamer fishing. I caught a pretty rainbow with it on a prince nymph on the streamer line so I may use the rod for some nymph fishing too.
It wasn’t the biggest fish, but the rod had a very good feel while I was fighting it.
The only problem that I noticed was that as soon as the rainbows saw that green stick slicing through the air, they high tailed it to the headwaters out of sheer fear!!!!
Yep, Mr. Winston you really did a good job on this rod. It’s a winner to me! I look forward to many hours with it and getting to know it better!