I’ve broken my rod, what do I do?

Visit our Service and Repair page for complete instructions on how to complete the Warranty Service Form or Non Warranty Service Form to return your rod for repair.

How does the Winston AIR series differ from the Boron III X?

While there are a number of similarities between the AIR and Boron III X series, such as the use of Boron in the butt section and the deflection pattern of each series, the primary difference is found in the graphite, and more specifically, the SuperSilica resin system within the graphite used in the AIR series. The Winston AIR series offers a quick flex and recovery through the casting stroke allowing for a fast-action rod that is not overly stiff. Additionally, the Supersilica resin system makes the graphite material seem lighter, more lively, and more responsive than other graphite materials. The use of Supersilica offers the AIR series the broadest casting range of any fly rods we have ever designed.

What is the difference between the new Saltwater AIR and the Boron III Plus?

The AIR Salt uses the same SuperSilica resin system as the AIR freshwater rods meaning that they too feel lighter in the hand and are livelier and more responsive than other rods. The most noticeable difference is the flex pattern. The Boron III Plus offers a stiffer tip section allowing for easier line-aerialization at longer distances, better control over monster flies, and easier handling of sinking and oversized-head lines. The AIR Salt, with less emphasis on the tip and more emphasis on a progressive action, is better suited for close-range presentations and tippet protection and delivers more of that celebrated Winston “feel” even in heavier line weights. Both rods perform well in the wind, are incredibly powerful, and offer great lifting strength to fight and land fish quickly.

Is the new Winston PURE strictly a dry fly rod?

Certainly the PURE can be used in a variety of applications but the series’ ultra-sensitive tip section combined with classic smooth Winston progressive action tends to lend itself better to technical fishing situations where accuracy and presentation are required and which often require light tippets, greater tippet protection, and delicate presentations.

How does the performance of the Nimbus and Kairos compare to the Winston premium rods with Boron III and Supersilica technology?

First, by using Boron III and Supersilica technology we can more accurately and effectively target a specific design for a series. Secondly, the use of these materials broadens the design parameters of a rod. In the Nimbus and Kairos series we do not use Boron III or Supersilica technology but we do use the same multi-modulus graphite which provides all of the core attributes and qualities one has come to expect in a Winston rod.

What are the significant differences between the Nimbus and Kairos series?

The Nimbus series is designed with a versatile mid tip flex taper offering a perfect blend of smoothness, power, and finesse in an all-graphite rod. The Kairos series is a modern, fast-action, fast-tipped all-graphite rod well suited for the price conscious angler or the angler looking for a great quality back-up rod.

Are the Boron III TH Microspey rods switch rods?

While the new Microspey® rods will over-hand cast and fish through a number of single-hand applications, they were truly designed for two-handed fishing applications, and are not classified as a “switch” rod. They are a great way for an angler to extend their two-hand casting season, as well as provide a great entry point for the trout angler looking to get into the sport of two-handed fly fishing. For overhead casting we recommend lining each rod two line weights above the rod’s designated line weight. For two-hand casting, please refer to the rod’s grain window listed on our website’s Microspey page under “Specifications.”

Why do my ferrules keep coming apart?

Generally, the culprit for loose ferrules comes down to 3 different problems, usually #1 or #2 below.

  1. The section is not being tightened down effectively.
  2. The ferrules have accumulated excess dirt and grime and are preventing proper ferrule fit.
  3. The female ferrule has cracked preventing proper ferrule fit.

Regularly cleaning the ferrules with a soft cotton swab and denatured alcohol will help maintain ferrule fit for the life of your Winston rod. If you suspect the female ferrule has cracked, please return the rod to our Repair Department so we can adjust the ferrule fit.

Why are bamboo rod actions so soft?

The simple answer is the material. Modern rod designs use man-made materials such as graphite, boron and fiberglass. These materials can be manipulated to achieve a desired response from that material. Bamboo, on the other hand, is a grass that is limited by its nature. Since the natural flex of bamboo is deep and the natural recovery of bamboo is slower than graphite rods, the angler who uses a bamboo fly rod enjoys incredible line control and delicate, precise presentation of the fly.

My rod sections are stuck together, how do I get them apart?

You want to get the ferrule as cold as possible so the material can contract. If you have access to a chest freezer – put the stuck sections in for an hour or so. Or you can wrap the ferrule in ice. Once the ferrule is cold, try pulling the sections apart using rubber gloves or rubber jar openers – so your hands don’t slip and damage the guides. It can be easier to do this with two people. A slight twist at the ferrule connection will assist in releasing the taper lock of the ferrules on graphite rods. Then it is an easy pull and separate for the two sections. The exception here is bamboo. Bamboo ferrules are never twisted if you can avoid it. With your hands close together on the ferrules, pull as straight as you can. If you cannot separate the sections of a bamboo rod, give us a call and we can help with the next step.

What is the best line for my rod?

There are many great line combinations out there today, all of which will work with a Winston rod. We test many lines with our rods to ensure each rod can cast through a variety of line styles, which your Winston does wonderfully. Here are some tips to consider before choosing a fly line.

  • If you like a deeper load, choose a heavier line.
  • If you like a crisper, lighter load, choose a lighter line.
  • Consider the applications you’ll be fishing with the rod. Many lines are application specific.
  • Chat with your Winston Dealer or line manufacturer about the differences in line styles.

Since line preferences are almost completely subjective to the individual angler and lines are changing every year, we avoid making specific recommendations.

Where is my nearest Winston dealer?

Please visit our Dealer Page.

How do I care for my Winston rod?
  1. Never put your rod back in a wet or damp rod bag or tube. The finish may be damaged and you’ll shorten the life of the wraps. Simply clean the rod off with a soft cloth and allow to dry.
  2. Don’t try to force ferrules together; internal spigot ferrules are designed to have a ¼” gap that allows for future wear. A nice, snug fit is what you’re looking for.
  3. With sleeve ferrules, rubbing a little paraffin wax on the male end can help. But apply a very sparse coat of wax. Always be sure to keep the ferrules clean of grit.
  4. When not in use, always store your rod in the tube. Almost all of the rods we repair are victims of car doors and windows.