Next Winston Purchase

Next Winston Purchase

I’m loving my 8′ 3wt WT and am wanting to purchase a more “all-around” WT for some of the more “medium” sized streams around my area. I’ve been considering either the 8′ 4wt WT or the 8.5′ 4wt WT. I’ll be throwing dries, small nymphs (#12 and #14, etc…), and the occasional streamer…does one of these rods make a better all-around rod?

I’ve considered a 5wt but sort of feel like it may be overkill … maybe not though.

Anyway, your opinions and experience are appreciated!


damian on May 27, 2013 at 10:54 pm.

I agree with yr love about the WT 8′ # 3. I own a no longer made two piece version of this rod, with cigar grip and sliding ring over walnut, and this is my go to rod for small / medium streams with little or no wind. The delicacy and precision of this rod are exceptional in every way.

This said, if you want to complement yr WT 8′ # 3 with a more powerful rod but with the same WT feeling, I’d go with the WT 8’6″ # 5 without hesitation.

With this rod you can do it all: dries, wets, nynmphs, even small streamers, and IMHO the sheer pleasure of casting you can get with it can’t be matched by any other rod in this length and weight class.

A good choice could be to consider the Joan Wulff Favorite version of this model, featuring a few details worth considering: a half wells grip with thumb depression for easier casting and some other cosmetics.

I’ve recently used a WF 5 Rio Selective Trout line with this rod and I think it is an excellent match, but I have no experience with Wulff Triangle Taper lines, which are highly praised by several members of this blog.

Just my two cents…


Rosali on May 28, 2013 at 12:47 am.

Sarina Mather:

I’m in total agreement with blog member “kati’s” suggestion. I own both the 8’ WT 3-weight and 8’ 6” WT (JWF) 5-weight rods and they do compliment each other extremely well. These two rods will accommodate the majority, if not all, of your New England trout fishing requirements.

I use Wulff TT lines on both of these rods. Excellent!


Solange on May 28, 2013 at 2:02 am.

Agreed, I have the 8’6″ WT 5 weight JWF—and it is simply a great all-rounder. I fished for years and owned one rod, an 8′ 6wt. I think one could just own an 8′ 6″ WT (JWF or normal) and do just about everything for trout with that one rod.


Phil Tessmer on May 28, 2013 at 5:09 am.

Your occasional streamer bumps it to the 5 weight I think. That 5 wt WT is an all around sure enough. A little strong though.

I like the BIIt 4 8′ the best for dries in 18 to 12. Not at all for any streamers though. Nor for tandem nor indicator etc etc.

All around stuff feels out of place to me on that weight rod. The 8 1/2′ 4 wt WT doesn’t cut it great for that either- no streamers. That “all around” title is held by the 5 weight WT.

The BIIx 9′ 4 and 5 weight is good all around too. I’ll probably switch to that BIIx for the softer tip on the BIIx I always felt the WT was a bit strong overall. But still I’m a fan of the 5 WT.

But I really don’t know nuthin. Just an opinion.


Jared on May 28, 2013 at 9:59 am.

Spent a few hours over the weekend with my 8’6″ WT 5; nymphs, drys and stimulators. What a great all-around rod. If I only had one rod that would be it.



Francesca Janszen on May 28, 2013 at 10:10 am.

Thanks all for the info! It certainly sounds like (from what has been said) that the 8.5′ 5-weight is the way to to go for an all-arounder.


Vaughn on May 28, 2013 at 2:19 pm.

I own both the 8’ WT 3-weight and 8’ 6” WT (JWF) 5-weight rods and they do compliment each other extremely well.

Ah yes, the Joan Wulff Favorite. It might be strong enough for a man, but is made for a woman. The 8?’ IM6/WT blank is an amazing tool, even with a girlie grip.


Randy Bagdasarian on May 28, 2013 at 6:55 pm.

The JWF (WT, not BIIx) will certainly put you in touch with your feminine side!


Gregg on May 28, 2013 at 9:00 pm.


The JWF (WT, not BIIx) will certainly put you in touch with your feminine side!


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