Winston Saltwater AIR

The new smooth in Saltwater.
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Winston Saltwater AIR

The Winston Saltwater AIR – lightweight saltwater rods with Winston Boron III technology that are easy to cast. Winston smooth.

The Saltwater AIR series is very light and allows for unprecedented fast recovery, for any length of cast.

Combining our proprietary SuperSilica lightweight resin system and Boron III material with modern progressive tapers, Winston Saltwater AIR rods deliver the celebrated Winston “feel”, along with balanced, fast graphite recovery rates, for incredible line speed and presentation, making them our most versatile rods in saltwater environments. What this means for anglers is faster mid-sections to dictate line control and easily manage windy conditions along with Boron III technology applied in the butt section for more lifting strength to fight and land fish quickly.


Winston Saltwater AIR






Line Length Grip Rod Price / Blank Price
7wt. 9′ FULL WELLS W/ FIGHTING BUTT $995 / $488
8wt. 9′ FULL WELLS W/ FIGHTING BUTT $995 / $488
9wt. 9′ FULL WELLS W/ FIGHTING BUTT $995 / $488
10wt. 9′ FULL WELLS W/ FIGHTING BUTT $995 / $488
11wt. 9′ FULL WELLS W/ FIGHTING BUTT $995 / $488
12wt. 9′ FULL WELLS W/ FIGHTING BUTT $995 / $488

Saltwater AIR 7wt: Our 9’ 7 weight Saltwater Air has become the perfect all-round bonefish rod. With a taper that allows for minimal back casts and quick shots off the bow of the skiff, this rod will put crab, shrimp and baitfish patterns on target every time with minimal effort. Light in hand, and extremely responsive, these 7 weights are becoming the go-to for dedicated bonefish anglers worldwide.

Saltwater AIR 8wt: With a lighter swing weight, the 9’ 8 weight Saltwater Air was built for all day casting at a variety of saltwater species. From bonefish, redfish, stripers, snook, and various other species, this rod is up to the task. If you could own only one saltwater rod, this 9’ 8 weight would cover any standard saltwater application.

Saltwater AIR 9wt: An unbelievably light 9 weight that produces fast line speed with incredible accuracy. The perfect rod for feeding heavy crab patterns to picky permit. In addition to Permit, anglers will love these 9 weights for giant Hawaiian and Bahama bonefish, barracuda, baby tarpon in the mangroves, giant red fish, and stripers in the Northeast.

Saltwater AIR 10wt: With great power comes great fish. Use this smooth and powerful 10 weight for quick shots on Roosterfish, Sharks, blitzing GTs, and more delicate presentations to tarpon. This rod is responsive, easy to cast and built for those once-in-a-lifetime shots.

Saltwater AIR 11wt: The new standard for an all-around Tarpon rod. With a little more feel than a 12 weight, this 11 will make pinpoint presentations when a pack of silver kings are bearing down on the skiff.

Saltwater AIR 12wt: The ultimate Giant Tarpon rod. When sinking lines are needed for these big fish, this rod can make the presentation. With amazing lifting strength in the butt section, anglers can pull hard on these powerful fish. When an angler needs the most powerful rod for the most powerful of saltwater fish, this is a 12 weight that’s up for the task at hand.


Winston Saltwater AIR



  • Advanced carbon fiber combined with our SuperSilica lightweight resin system to improve toughness and durability
  • A new light and fast big game rod series with extra power cast after cast, without fatigue
  • Quick recovery with Winston Progressive Action
  • New stealth matte Winston Green finish for flats stalking
  • Smaller guides hold the line closer to the rod shaft to give better control through the cast and presentation.
  • Boron III technology for increased fighting/lifting power and added energy
  • Designed and Handcrafted in Twin Bridges, MT

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  • Weights: 7 thru 12wt.
  • ACTION: Fast
  • Guides: Hard chrome titanium colored snake guides with nanolite stripping guides
  • COLOR: New stealth matte Winston Green finish
    REEL SEAT: Charcoal Gray uplocking, anodized aluminum with double locking rings and 1 ½” fighting butt. Engraved with company signature logo.
  • Storage: Premium graphite rod tube with embroidered with logo rod sock


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    Saltwater AIR 9′ 10wt

    I love the Salt AIR series of rods. I fish the 10wt when targeting resident Tarpon in Belize. This rod can handle giant weighted flies and sinking lines but is also light in the hand and can be casted all day long…even in a stiff ocean breeze. I have landed dozens of Tarpon and Snook on this rod ranging in size from 1 pound to 90 plus pounds and this rod handles them all with ease (and without losing any feeling). This rod (like all Winston Rods) has soul and is an absolute delight to fish with.

    Patrick Vollendorf

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    9′ 9wt Air Salt

    The 9′ 9wt Air Salt was pure money. Put the Airflo Tropical Punch on it (from the 8wt mixup) and it was game on. One of the finest 9wt’s I have ever cast. Fast and smooth. Smoothly fast? I guess that would describe it. Felt like it had all the power you could ever want out of 9wt for permit, baby tarpon, cuda, or jacks. We all dug this rod.

    Sean Visintainer: Silver Bow Fly Shop, Spokane, WA

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    9′ 8wt Air Salt

    Air Salt was an interesting rod. Interesting in a good way, cuz none of these rods are bad! At first we didn’t have quite the right line on it. It was a Airflo Tropical Punch and we think it was actually a 9wt (not labeled). After switching to a Rio Flats Pro the rod frickin’ jammed. Short, long, didn’t matter. A powerful and light 8wt rod.

    Sean Visintainer: Silver Bow Fly Shop, Spokane, WA

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    9’ 8wt Saltwater AIR

    I’m extremely pleased with my new 9′ 8wt Saltwater Air. Once again Winston has set the bar. The new Saltwater Air handles the challenges of saltwater fly fishing yet maintains the traditional Winston feel allowing for effortless tireless seamless casting. I can’t wait to break out the rest of the rod series for more upcoming adventures!

    Jeff Currier: Winston Pro Advisor

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    9′ 7wt – Air Salt

    The 9′ 7wt – Air Salt 7wt’s are the redheaded stepchild of the rod world. Overlooked by most of the market but with so much potential. I felt that this 7wt was super light and super smooth. We were casting it with the Airflo Bomber line which is a long taper line designed for salmon fishing, which I felt was super smooth on the rod. Bo thought it sucked, but I guess we are all entitled to our opinions. I think this rod will be on my hit list for my next bonefishing excursion as the go-to stick.

    Sean Visintainer: Silver Bow Fly Shop, Spokane, WA

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    9’ 7wt AIR Salt

    A raving review for this rod. It will take a lot of punch and can handle some permit flies, heavier crabs and bonefish flies. Maybe even handle light snook. Like all the Saltwater AIR rods, it features a fighting butt that you can two-hand or rotate in your palm to land fish easily as well as a matte green finish that reduces sun flash when chasing spooky species in shallow water.

    Joe Rotter: Red’s Fly Shop, Ellensburg, WA

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    9’ 6wt – Air Salt

    As a 6wt saltwater rod, this rod is unbelievable. You could take this rod almost anywhere for bonefish, with the exception of places where you might want the rod to play bigger, like casting to bonefish one minute and casting to permit the next. But on a bonefish specific flat when you want the fun factor of fighting a bonefish on a lighter rod, this rod will do it. It could also be used as a coastal rod for searun cuts, and light or resident salmon. You can push this rod and cast as far as you want – and it’s easy to cast too.

    Joe Rotter: Red’s Fly Shop, Ellensburg, WA

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    9′ 6wt – Air Salt

    9′ 6wt – Air Salt is a rod that will probably cross over into multiple areas. An ultralight bonefish rod, think Belize sized bones (sub 20″) and non-windy days. Would be a blast in calm water when casting to tailers. The 6wt Air Salt is light enough though it should be equally at home on a large western trout rivers tossing meaty streamers. A big dry fly rod? No, too much rod. But big sink tips and big trout, yet for sure. I’m guessing it will be a killer beach rod for sea run cutthroat or small cohos.

    Sean Visintainer: Silver Bow Fly Shop, Spokane, WA

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