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Fast Action – Freshwater

This flagship series covers your 3wt. thru 6wt needs and has earned rave reviews from shop owners, guides, and anglers. Utilizing boron technology, AIR 2 rods make beautiful, accurate casts at long and short distances and have exceptional feel. The 3 and 4wts are superb dry and light nymph rods, while the 5 and 6wts are true all-arounders that can do everything from small dries to double nymphs to streamers. All rods come with our graphite tube and logo rod sock.

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Available Options

Rod ModelPriceStockQuantity 
3wt, 8' 6", 4pc Cigar/Burled wood and nickel silver$1,195.0011
3wt, 9' 0", 4pc Cigar/Burled wood and nickel silver$1,195.0062
4wt, 8' 6", 4pc Cigar/Burled wood and nickel silver$1,195.0026
4wt, 9' 0", 4pc Cigar/Burled wood and nickel silver$1,195.0044
4wt, 9' 6", 4pc Full Wells/Burled wood and nickel silver$1,195.0044
5wt, 9' 0", 4pc Cigar/Burled wood and nickel silver$1,195.0011
5wt, 9' 6", 4pc Full Wells/Burled wood and nickel silver$1,195.0029
6wt, 9' 0", 4pc Cigar/Burled wood and nickel silver$1,195.0026
6wt, 9' 6", 4pc Full Wells/Burled wood and nickel silver$1,195.00-3



GRIP: 6.5″ cigar

REEL SEAT: Figured Box Elder with uplocking Nickel Silver hardware.

GUIDES: Light wire, hard chrome ECO slick coated shooting guides.


STORAGE: Premium Graphite Tube and Logo Rod Sock

MANUFACTURED: Designed and Handcrafted in Twin Bridges, Montana, USA

3wt: Ideal dry fly and light nymph rods for small streams that require accurate, delicate presentations.

4wt: Delicate yet powerful, these 4 weights are perfect for small stream fishing and big water dry fly presentations to educated trout.

5wt: Unmatched versatility across any freshwater applications. Dry fly, nymph, streamer, or indicator – these 5 weights do it all.

6wt: The answer for windy day hoppers, cloudy day streamers, nymph droppers, and bigger water across the globe


Evolved Taper Design provides a faster, progressive all-around action. Extremely light, yet powerful.

Next Generation S-2000 High Modulus Graphite material for faster recovery speed and smoothness.

Advanced Boron/Graphite Configuration for enhanced power and energy transfer.

Winston-designed Cigar Grip for better “feel” through the casting stroke.

Custom HSR (High Strain Rate) Resin yields an even faster recovery rate that adds a modern feel, is more durable, and provides greater part strength and less weight.

Smaller Profile Light Wire Shooting Snake Guides feature new ECO slick coating and a Round Helix geometry that reduces line friction and produces added energy, accuracy, and distance management.

Customer Reviews

Based on 11 reviews
Al Neves
The Air 2 5 Weight

There are very few rods that can cast a big chubby hopper with a Perdigon dropper, and in windy conditions on the Deschutes River, AND throw small size 20 BWO's the next day to back eddy picky risers protecting 6X tippets. The Air2 5weight can do all of it. It handles small streamers with sinking poly leaders, long leaders, short leaders with big foam flies... it pretty much does everything asked of it, but with a smooth elegance. I really love the rod, even though I would classify it as a fast rod, which I normally don't fish for Trout. It really is a fast rod that works for folks who are still enamored with Winston WT era.

Kevin Tipper
Air 2 9' Weight

I recently put my Air 2 9' Weight through its paces in Ireland and on the Chalkstreams in France and all I can say is WOW!! I know a 9 foot 3 weight is an extremely difficult rod to design & get the action just right but Winston hit the nail on the head here.
What suprised me most was its capabilities as a nymphing rod with different euro nymphing techniques! Accuracy with this rod with both dry fly & nymph is incredible & it handles a long euro nymphing leader with ease! I put away the nymphing rod & just used the Air 2 903 for the entire vacation.
I paired it up with a Scientific Anglers Amplitude Smooth Trout Taper & I think it suits this rod exceptionally well for dry fly fishin g.
Hats off to the design team they created a classic here

Neil Sunday
The Winston Air 2

The Winston Air 2 is in a class by itself. No longer to be compared to other high-end rods. It stands alone. Versatile, powerful, precise and a true joy to fish !
I use a Wulff Trout Taper Floating line with my 905-4, and it's perfecI routinely am adding Air 2s in different models to complete my quiver!

Parker Thompson, Telluride Angler
AIR 2 9' 5wt

This is easily the best fast action Winston trout rod I have ever had the pleasure of casting. Aptly named, the AIR II possesses an almost 'air like' feeling and seems much lighter than the original AIR. As is the case with all Winston rods, the AIR II is very stylish and has a nice comfortable grip made of high quality cork. Traditionally I prefer a full wells grip on my fast action 5wt rods, but the grip on this rod fits the style of the rod very well. I would describe it as a true medium fast action rod by today's standards but it is very much a fast action rod by Winston standards. The rod itself casts very smooth at all distances but really comes to life with 40 feet or more of fly line out. It throws a lot of different weight forward fly lines well which is really nice to see from the Winston team. I cast this rod with the Rio Elite Gold, Rio Elite Technical Trout, and SA Amplitude Trout. All three lines feel great on the rod. The SA Trout taper is a little sluggish and bouncy in close but holds the tightest loop at distance. The Technical Trout is slightly better in close and still holds a nice tight loop on longer casts. The Rio Gold surprised me the most. A line like the Gold doesn't always cast well on this style of rod, but feels amazing on the AIR II. It loads very well in close (creates some bounce in the tip, but it's not awful) and is a great line for distance. Being a little heavier, the Gold also slows the rod down a bit and you can really feel it load when casting. The Gold will be a great line for folks looking to fish dry dropper set ups and nymph rigs whereas the Rio Elite Technical Trout or SA Amplitude Trout will be better for fishing a single dry. This is a great all around 5wt rod that is sure to raise some eyebrows.

John Duncan, Telluride Angler
AIR 2 9' 5wt

As polished as any rod I've cast in years, the Air 2 9' 5-weight will beg its way into your quiver, whether you need a new 5-weight or not. The lightness is striking. It's light in hand and at all casting distances, the mark of a rod that swings in perfect harmony with its fly line, efficient, crisp and resilient. This is an outstanding example of 'fast but progressive.' The flex and recoil are intuitive and ideal for a power-oriented rod designed to fish the world's most versatile trout lines. Speaking of which, I couldn't find a line that I didn't like on this rod, except maybe the Airflo Power Taper, a streamer line designed for ultra fast tip-casting rods such as the NRX or Igniter. My very favorite is the Rio Elite Technical Trout, which loads this rod with no effort from fly-in-hand to beyond the backing knot. What a magic combination. Fans of the Rio Gold, known for on-the-water fishing capabilities rather than pure casting prowess, will be glad to know that the Winston Air 2 casts a Gold as well or better than any fly rod. Small but big: I love the modified half Wells that Winston crafted for these rods. The Air 2 is now one of the few modern fast action trout rods without a Wells grip. This grip is wonderful. It feels 'touchy' but fits the hand in a way that offers plenty of support from the fingertips through the palm. I love the way it feels and I love the way it casts. The Air 2 9' 5-weight is a dark horse entering the arena with the Scott Centric, Sage X and Loomis Asquith. In overall quality, it matches every one of these rods. It would be fair to say that the Centric can handle more power than the Air 2, especially when driving a wedge into the wind with a sharp haul, and that overall line speed may be higher with the X and Asquith, but for a combination of casting ease, natural line speed, stability and the intangible 'fun factor,' the Air 2 ranks near or possibly at the top of this list.