Drakin’

Drakin’

By Lance Nelson, Gates Au Sable Lodge

Big beautiful mayflies, unspoiled trout, comfortable air temperatures and late nights (where commonly an angler downstream or upstream of you can be heard cursing at their wind knots and broken tippet after dark) all make up the zeitgeist of June dry fly fishing in Michigan. Yes, it is true, us Michigan trout anglers are a bit intense and deranged. As if presenting a drag free drift across multiple currents isn’t difficult enough – here we are testing our skills (and patience) with the lights off.

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Andy Wunsch and Karlie Roland Join Winston and Bauer Management Team

Andy Wunsch and Karlie Roland Join Winston and Bauer Management Team

Twin Bridges, Montana— 6/3/24The R.L. Winston Rod Company, located in Twin Bridges, Montana, is pleased to announce that Andy Wunsch and Karlie Roland have joined the Winston and Bauer Management Team. Andy is the new General Manager and Karlie will become the Sales Leader for Winston and Bauer. Adam Hutchison, who has overseen sales, marketing, and dealer services for the past five years, has become the brands’ National Marketing Manager. (more…)

AIR 2 MAX FIELD NOTES: South Florida

AIR 2 MAX FIELD NOTES: South Florida

WORDS: Captain Justin Bachert
PHOTOS: Asher Koles

My approach towards fly fishing and guiding for tarpon, overall, is based off of an accumulation of my past experiences – as a mariner, waterman, and angler. Our ecosystem in south Florida, and in the Florida Keys is seemingly ever-changing and being able to adapt to those changes is what we all need to focus on.

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Musky Fools

Musky Fools

Written by Dan Donovan, owner of Musky Fool
The Original Musky Fly Shop

As I sit down to write this in the midst of another musky season I pose to myself…how many muskies have been landed on Winston rods? How many big ones?!

As a gentleman who arrived at fly fishing in one of the most unlikely ways…via muskellunge…it’s a natural question I suppose. Winston rods, at least here in musky country are revered, yet not typically tools we consider for the job. With all the rigamarole, fish breaking rods in figure 8s, casting treble hooks and egg sinkers (can I even say those words here?!??!) it’s no wonder the musky fly anglers aren’t running towards the green tubes for their next green dragon adventure. 

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Introducing the New Microspey AIR 2

Introducing the New Microspey AIR 2

5/19/2023

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The R.L. Winston Rod Company, located in Twin Bridges, Montana, is excited to introduce the Microspey AIR 2, utilizing our new, high-performance AIR 2 boron/graphite materials to provide anglers an unbelievably lightweight and responsive action that allows for ultimate trout spey presentation and faster line speeds to out-perform cast after cast. With an overall lighter weight, faster recovery, smoother connection, and sweeter feel, the Microspey Air 2 provides extraordinary feedback through the cast and swing.

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