The Beginner’s Guide To Pre-Spawn Bassin’ – by Kyle Wilkinson, Winston Pro Staff

For most you that are reading this, I’d be willing to bet the closest fish swimming to where you’re currently sitting is not a trout. It’s also not a bonefish, tarpon, steelhead or striper. It’s a Largemouth Bass. And sure, I could also lump in Carp, Bluegill, and Catfish to this line up but today we’re going to focus on the fish you should be devoting more time to than you probably are.

Depending on what part of the country you’re in (sans the Northeast) the bitter grip of Winter is slowly becoming a thought of the past and Spring is beginning to take hold. The days are getting longer, and brisk mornings now regularly turn into pleasant afternoons. The arrival of Spring is surely meaning one other thing to countless anglers as well— fly rods that are just begging to be used.

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A Trip Into the Wild

Asheville Fly Fishing Company’s film “A Trip into the Wild,” showcases Winston Pro Staffer, Galen Kipar and DUN Magazine’s own Jen Ripple as they lead an expedition through class III and IV whitewater in the French Broad River section 9, targeting aggressive smallmouth bass on top water flies.

To learn more about Asheville Fly Fishing Company’s multi-day, safari-style smallmouth bass trips, visit ashevilleflyfishingco.com/blog/2018/2/13/smallmouth-bass-fishing-asheville-nc

Scott Forristall New President and CEO of R.L. Winston Rod Company and Bauer Fly Reels

The R.L. Winston Rod Company and Bauer Fly Reels are delighted to announce that Scott Forristall has joined the company as President and CEO.

Scott has been involved in the fishing and outdoor market for the past 25 years.  He started as GM for Tycoon Fin-Nor and moved to Eagle Claw Fishing Tackle, then on to Johnson Outdoors where he was the Director of the Watercraft Business Unit.  His most recent position was VP of Sales for Far Bank Enterprises.  Scott brings years of successful business experience to direct the future of Winston and Bauer.

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Cast a Winston – Win a Winston Program

The R.L. Winston Rod Company is pleased to announce its new 2018 Sales Program, Cast a Winston – Win a Winston.

This simple program is designed to reward customers who cast any Winston rod at a Fly Fishing show or Winston Dealer event by entering them in a free raffle for a chance at winning the Winston Kairos rod of their choice.

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Rods and Rigging – by Robert Younghanz, Winston Pro Staff

NEVER in my years as a guide, retail manager or instructor, have I ever heard anyone say that they love rigging rods.  Let’s face it, rigging and re-rigging rods, isn’t fun.  For me, the experience is so much better doing it “right” the first time. I put the most value in choosing the correct flies and rigging multiple rods that will correspond best with the day’s conditions, which allows me to do less rigging for myself or my clients, and much more fishing.  So, in a nutshell, I personally do everything I possibly can to avoid re-rigging on the water, even if I do find myself, fruitlessly trying to force 3x through the eye of a #26 midge larva pattern.

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