Ordered My 8′ 6″ WT #6 Today

Ordered My 8' 6

With a wells grip. 3-4 weeks and I’m all set!


29 Comments

Josiah on March 2, 2013 at 12:38 pm.

What type of fishing are you going to do with this rod? I’ve never heard much about the 6 weight WTs.

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mi on March 2, 2013 at 3:48 pm.

I’ll predict that you’ll really enjoy this rod. I do at least. I fish 4 weights mostly for trout, and I use the #6 mostly when I expect bigger flies and fish, more wind, higher water, etc.

It is a great rod for that. The thing is that it is a very versatile rod that can also lay down a dry delicately if you want.

Enjoy! And let us know how you like it.

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Demetr on March 2, 2013 at 9:04 pm.

I will use it for fishing larger dries (hoppers, hexs, etc.), dry fly fishing during windy conditions, and nymphing in the fall.

I want to see how it will perform with a 150 or 200 grain DC head sinking line for streamers.

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florentino on March 3, 2013 at 4:04 am.

Do you prefer the 8’6″ model over the 9′ model because the action is a little faster?

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Moira Whitegoat on March 3, 2013 at 7:17 am.

I have the 9′ 6# and simply cannot get the measure of the rod. I keep trying but i cannot work it out. It my least used rod!!!!

From what i read on here your choice of the 8’6′ is a wise one.

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Leona Shawver on March 3, 2013 at 9:17 am.

Yes, very wise grasshopper. I love mine for the wider open rivers out west and for smallmouth around here. IMO, the most under-rated WT, but probably the best example of what a true western trout rod should be.

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Demarcus on March 3, 2013 at 2:25 pm.

I have a 8’6″ 5 weight BIIX with a full wells grip on order that I plan on taking to Montana with me this September. It is my 53rd birthday present to myself.

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Leth on March 3, 2013 at 6:04 pm.

Aussie Dave says that I have two many new toys to play with and that I don’t get a birthday present in August. (55)

But my son will be here then fishing with me, so that’s a pretty great present!

Too bad he doesn’t fly fish. Maybe I can get him started on Vickie.

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Christi Fabrizi on March 3, 2013 at 8:34 pm.

Yes, I wanted the faster action and a rod I can use to nymph relatively small but deep water with timber in a few northern Michigan streams (where a 9′ rod would be a pain).

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gilberte on March 4, 2013 at 12:28 am.

Had to dig deep to find this post, but I got the rod in the mail today. While I have only had it out “lawn” casting, I am very pleased with the results (was casting the entire line off the tip with SA GPX, and 30-60′ was effortless. I have a brand new SA Trout line for it that should be even better, just need to get it on a spool).

The wells grip upgrade was worth every penny. Makes me think I should have done the same with the 9′ B2X #6 I just ordered. I can’t wait to get tight to a few small mouth with this rod……….

My thanks to everyone that posted positive information about this particular rod. It helped to make a “great” purchase!

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Carolin on March 4, 2013 at 3:00 am.

I’m looking forward to your first report on how the rod fishes. As a WT devotee I would love to hear that you love the rod—-it would be an excuse to supplement my 9′ 6wt SLT .

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Lel on March 4, 2013 at 8:10 am.

I have spent quite a bit of time with your #6 SLT. While not as beautiful as a Winston, it is a great rod. Very capable with dries and nymphs. IMO, it is similar to a 9′ B2X in that particular line weight and is worthy of keeping. (Unless streamer fishing is a big part of what you do.

In that case, I would switch to the new B2MX when it become available) If I could only have one #6 rod it would probably be a 9′ B2X. However, if you can swing it (or you like a slightly shorter rod), adding the 8′ 6″ WT #6 as a second rod would be a great idea. I will be adding the #6 B2MX when it comes out, so it looks like I’ll end up with three #6 rods (one of my favorite line weights though); the 9′ B2X, a great all arounder, the 9′ B2MX, for fishing streamers and difficult conditions, and the 8′ 6″ WT for slightly smaller waters (PM, Upper Manistee, Au Sable…..)

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Vikki on March 4, 2013 at 9:44 am.

Indeed, an interesting post regarding Winston 6-weight rods. Although my largest/longest trout rod is a JWF 5-weight, Ia€™m interested in 6-weights. In particular, Ia€™m interested in what drew you to this specific WT rod vis a vis another Winston product line (i.e., BIIX or LT5)?. Also, what was the factor in your decision to chose the 8a€™ 6a€

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edmundo on March 4, 2013 at 11:41 am.

Originally, I bought this as a niche rod to fish a few tight spots on the rivers mentioned in my previous posts. The Pere Marquette in particular, is best fished with streamers or nymphs, and has deep holes and runs were a heavier rod can really pay off. I was attracted to the medium-fast action, the slightly shorter length, and the soft tip of the WT that will help to play the big browns that can be found in these dark water areas.

I have also always liked the way a WT roll casts, which will also help in these tight areas. On these same rivers, there are spots were a nine foot rod can feel a little long. However, now that I have the rod, I am sure it will be much more versitile than I originally thought.

I think I’ll try it sometime this week for small mouth on the Muskegon (which is a large river).

Thanks for your reply and opinions on the 8a€™ 6a€

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Roseann on March 4, 2013 at 3:47 pm.

I think you’ll also find that rod an excellent tool for Conors Flats, CCC, Brown’s Bridge, and just above Grave’s Crossing during the Hex season. Wish you as much happiness with yours as mine has provided over the past fourteen years.

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Wilhemin on March 4, 2013 at 5:16 pm.

Thanks Witz!

I can tell already this one is going to be a favorite!

I may need a new reel for it though. I’m sure Wayne would approve, as I have many more rods than reels (and the problem is getting worse not better). I’m thinking something large arbor, light, with a decent drag, and a traditional look (if thats possible with a large arbor).

Any suggestions?

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Andreas Liou on March 4, 2013 at 7:57 pm.

I’m thinking something large arbor, light, with a decent drag, and a traditional look (if thats possible with a large arbor). Any suggestions?

Also one of my favorite rods. I really like the Galvan T-5 (bronze color) that I use with it. Maybe not that traditional but does meet your other requirements.

Mine looks pretty good on it and the drag is second to none.

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caron on March 4, 2013 at 10:07 pm.

Although Ia€™ve not fished your MI trout streams nor used streamers for trout, this is another facet of trout fishing that has intrigued me for some time.

Clear your calendar now for June 25-June 29, 2008. Fly into Traverse City, Detroit, Grand Rapids, or Indianapolis. Ralph and I will pick you up. (Ralph is a golden retriever, I assume you’re not adverse to four legged companions?)

We’ll clear the Au Sable Boat, Hexagenia, MI, and really good single malt off of your things to do before you die list.

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Stephan on March 5, 2013 at 2:09 am.

I think that rod would make an excellent Hex and smallie rod. Enjoy.

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Pei Busacc on March 5, 2013 at 5:30 am.

I purchased a WT 8’6″ #6 recently because it has the mystique of being a special rod within green stick history. Good reputations that have been acquired over a longer period of time seem to have legitimacy.

The other knowledge I have is the comparitive experience of the 9′ and 8’6″ #5 which leads me to hope that it would be similar for the #6.

So far, I’d say I’d say it’s true. Although it doesn’t do what the 9′ does it has that unique ability to reasonable achieve it and at the same time add some of the benefits of a shorter rod.

There is much more to discover about this rod. So far I’ve determined it will stick around for a while so that I can meet the challenges it presents to find its potential in my hand. It could be that for me, waters and abilities, it will be more versatile than the #5.

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Chief on March 5, 2013 at 6:52 am.

I can tell already this one is going to be a favorite!

I may need a new reel for it though. I’m sure Wayne would approve, as I have many more rods than reels (and the problem is getting worse not better). I’m thinking something large arbor, light, with a decent drag, and a traditional look (if thats possible with a large arbor).

Any suggestions?

I like the Abel Creek in forest green color. I just picked up another Creek II in the Brook Trout pattern that looks good on a green stick too. For a little more $$ the Abel super series or the Hardy Angel series (though not very traditional looking).

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Tomas on March 5, 2013 at 11:11 am.

I like the look of the Abel Creek, and in a light line weight would be a nice reel. But I want a reel with a better drag. This rod will see big fish.

The Hardy reels are ridiculously priced.

Any other options?

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Vito on March 5, 2013 at 2:01 pm.

I like the look of the Abel Creek, and in a light line weight would be a nice reel. But I want a reel with a better drag. This rod will see big fish.

The Hardy are ridiculously priced.

Any other options?

My 6wt BIIx wears a Tibor Tail Water. It’s a pretty sweet match.

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Fletcher Drahot on March 5, 2013 at 3:06 pm.

I like the look of the Abel Creek, and in a light line weight would be a nice reel. But I want a reel with a better drag. This rod will see big fish.

The Hardy reels are ridiculously priced.

Any other options?

I like the Islander IR-3 and the Tibor Light Tail Water.

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raphael on March 5, 2013 at 8:36 pm.

The Galvan Torque or Tibor Lt adeline are excellent choices, as are Abel .5 ported and Islander offerings. Being a sentimental, old f*rt, however, my older stick remains adorned with the old Ross Gunnison 2 that I purchased with her in ’94. Haven’t found a brownie or or big smallmouth yet, that it’s drag couldn’t stop – fisherman error is another matter entirely.

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Ciera Delmuro on March 5, 2013 at 11:51 pm.

Hey guys,

Right now I’m thinking about a used Orvis CFO IV. A while back somebody knew a web page that provided the history of the reel. Does anybody remeber the name of that page?

I tried a search, but was unsuccessful in finding it. Just wondering about capacity and other specs.

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Vanit on March 6, 2013 at 3:26 am.

I have a CFO IV on that rod and it balances perfectly. The reel measures 3 1/4 inches and has a traditional arbor that can easily hold about 150 yards of 20 lb. backing. I have an SA WF6 line on it and it casts beautifully.

I’ve also used a Wulff TT line and that works great as well. You’re going to like that rod.

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Cheyenne on March 6, 2013 at 7:53 am.

Thanks for the info on the reel. I have CFO’s in #2 and #3. The reel I’m currently using with my #6 rods is overkill for this rod.

I think a CFO will be perfect. Now I just have to find one in used good condition. A spare spool would be nice……

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BigD on March 28, 2013 at 5:15 am.

The WT 8’6″ #6 is a great rod. To the above posters who are wondering how it compares to a Sage SLT 690, I have had both for a long time and they are very similar and two of my favorite all-around trout rods. Both are true sixes, cast small and large flies both short and long distances comfortably. They flex enough to make catching smaller fish fun, but they are great large fish rods, too. In my opinion (which undoubtedly differs from some light-line devotees), they are both the “gems” of their respective rod series, and I’ve not found anything better in the more recently designed rods.

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