Winston AIR 2


Winston AIR 2

The next generation of all-around freshwater fly rods (3wt-6wt). These rods can do anything – present tiny dry flies to wary trout on flat water, cast a heavy streamer to the far bank in the wind, launch the entire line when you need it, and make quick, accurate close-range shots. From high stick nymphing, pounding the banks from the boat, or wet wading, the new AIR 2 is a pack rod, a travel rod, a beautiful rod, and an all-around rod. It’s the new Winston. When you can only bring one rod…the amazing new Boron AIR 2. You won’t want to leave home without it. Now is the time.



Winston AIR 2







Line Length Grip Rod Price / Blank Price
3wt. 8′ 6″ CIGAR W/ BURLED WOOD & NICKEL SILVER $1095/ $548
3wt. 9′ CIGAR W/ BURLED WOOD & NICKEL SILVER $1095/ $548
4wt. 8′ 6″ CIGAR W/ BURLED WOOD & NICKEL SILVER $1095/ $548
4wt. 9′ CIGAR W/ BURLED WOOD & NICKEL SILVER $1095/ $548
5wt. 9′ CIGAR W/ BURLED WOOD & NICKEL SILVER $1095/ $548
6wt. 9′ CIGAR W/ BURLED WOOD & NICKEL SILVER $1095/ $548


Winston AIR 2



  • A New taper design that provides a faster, progressive all-around action. Extremely light, yet powerful.
  • Introducing S-2000 a next generation high modulus graphite material for faster recovery speed and smoothness
  • New Boron Configuration for enhanced power and energy transfer.
  • New Winston-designed cigar grip for better “feel” through the casting stroke
  • The Custom HSR (High Strain Rate) resin provides an even faster recovery rate that adds a modern feel, is more durable, and provides greater part strength and less weight.
  • The new light wire shooting Snake Guides have a smaller profile with new ECO slick coating and a Round Helix geometry that reduces line friction and produces added energy, accuracy, and distance management.

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  • WEIGHTS: 3 thru 6wt.
  • ACTION: Fast
  • GUIDES: Light wire Hard Chrome ECO Slick Coating Shooting Guides
  • REEL SEAT: Uplocking Nickel Silver with Burled Wood insert .
  • Storage: Premium graphite rod tube with logo rod sock


  1. Kevin Tipper

    I recently put my Air 2 9 Foot 3 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 fishing.
    Hats off to the design team they created a classic here

  2. Neil Sunday

    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 perfect.
    I routinely am adding Air 2s in different models to complete my quiver!

  3. Happy Dog

    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.

    John Duncan – Telluride Angler

  4. Happy Dog

    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.

    Parker Thompson -Telluride Angler

  5. Happy Dog

    AIR 2 9’ 5wt

    The Air 2 9’ 5-weight is the Winston rod that I have been waiting for. I bet there is not a trout fisherman out there who has not heard of Winston fly rods. They have been in the game since the beginning and there is just something about the green blank that talks to a sportsman. Something akin to shouldering a fine side-by-side shotgun or savoring a sip of pedigreed single malt. While I have long appreciated the “Winston feel” for classically styled dry fly rods in the correct conditions, I felt that these rods sacrificed some performance for touch.

    The new Air 2 9’ 5-weight represents a paradigm shift for the Winston brand. This rod is a fast action performance driven rod with a supernatural feeling of touch and exactness I have seen in few fly rods. Simply put, this is the smoothest casting fast action rod in close with a stability at distance that seems unfathomable. At short range you know you’re holding a Winston. The Air 2 rocks back so smoothly with a calm suppleness that soothes the casting hand. The blank is lively, bending and loading with tremendous feedback and exactness. It truly feels like a softer rod at short range. Once you put 15 feet of line out of the tip you notice the line speed accelerate. The line speed off the tip is perfect and the control as it leaves the rod is precise. You feel the acceleration in your line hand with the rod providing instant feedback with the incremental increase of line through the cast. At distance, the Air 2 has a feeling of stability equal to any of the best fast action 9’ #5s out there. Shoot line, carry a long line, ramp up the line speed and tighten the loop or drive a more open wedge, this rod welcomes it all while feeling light, nimble and pleasantly playful.

    I cast the Rio Elite Gold, Rio Elite Technical Trout and the SA Infinity Smooth WF5F lines. The Air 2 9’ 5-wt handled each line wonderfully. This has to be one of the most line tolerant Winston rods I’ve cast. It threw the Rio Gold as well as any rod out there. The Infinity taper’s heavier front taper was noticeable at shorter distances and caused the rod to cast a touch heavy with only the casting yarn. The Technical Trout from Rio was magnificent with the feeling of line speed and control being second to none. The rod cast so seriously and so playfully simultaneously with this line. For larger hoppers and salmon flies I would choose the Gold or Infinity taper. For pure casting and dry fly precision the Rio Technical Trout is hard to beat. While there are still better rods out there for the angler that fishes through wind-in-your-face whitecap conditions, you will be hard pressed to find a better performance-driven 5-weight with this much touch and feeling through the cast. If you have been looking for an excuse to add a Winston rod to your lineup, here it is. You owe it to yourself to cast this rod.

    Richard Post – Telluride Angler

  6. Happy Dog

    9’ 5wt AIR 2

    I was really impressed w/ the backbone and versatility of the AIR 2. Whether you’re throwing light nymph rigs on the South Platte, picking out a riser in a pod of feeding fish, or slapping the banks with a streamer, the AIR 2 can get it done!

    Scott Dickson – Winston Pro Staff – Trouts Fly Fishing

  7. Happy Dog

    AIR 2 9’ 5wt

    It’s a rarity for a new rod to come through the shop that the entire crew agrees upon, but with this one it’s unanimous; casting this rod makes us happy. Incessantly echoing through the shop are the same feelings; The Air II is remarkably light and crisp yet maintains the smoothness and feedback in hand reminiscent only of Winston’s all-time classics. One of those rods that’ll make you plan fishing days around it. The AIR 2 is a chameleon. It’s tolerant of a surprising myriad of lines and the cast is easy to adjust and control depending on whatever you find in front of you. Lighter and longer tapers (Rio’s Technical Trout; the shop favorite) make presenting smaller bugs delicately and protecting light tippets worry-less. All the while, fishing with more aggressive tapers (like SA’s Infinity or Rio’s Gold) you have the line speed and backbone you need to move bigger dries, dry-droppers, or punch through wind. You’ll understand when you get one in your hand!

    Logan Griffith – Winston Pro Staff – Western Rivers Flyfisher

  8. Happy Dog

    AIR 2 9’ 5wt

    I found the new AIR 2 handles a pretty heavy bounce style nymph rig pretty well and even went through a couple streamers. It cast dries AMAZINGLY well! I cannot believe how the rod tracks and how light it is. I am excited to see a family of rods that I can give to a customer when they ask for a “Do It All” rod.

    JC Weeks – Winston Pro Staff – FishWest

  9. Happy Dog

    AIR 2 9’ 5wt

    The Air 2 feels light in the hand an offers amazing tip feel and control, and as always is a beautifully crafted and finished fly rod. Contributing to the rod’s amazing feel and lightness is a newly designed slightly slimmer cigar shape grip and new light wire shooting snake guides. It has slightly faster progressive action than the previous Air or the Pure series rods yet retains the unique ‘Winston feel’ that all of us love.
    The Air 2 590 exhibits the perfect combination of tip feel and control for shorter casts in the 20-45’ range, yet also has plenty of juice and smoothness for longer casts (55-80’). Finding that middle ground between the feel and precision I’m looking for in typical trout fishing situations, with smooth progressive power for longer casts, is a tough job to accomplish, but the Air2 does it very well. Most 5-weights fall to one side of the equation or the other — indeed very few can do it all — but the Air 2 does both with grace and elegance.

    Rick Williams – Winston Pro Staff – FFI Senior Advisor – Idaho Angler

  10. Happy Dog

    9’ 5wt AIR 2

    The flat-out freshwater answer for a fly rod. The AIR 2 is lightweight, powerful, and accurate in all disciplines – making it the ultimate all-purpose fly rod.

    Landon Mayer – Winston Pro Advisor

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