Winston Chairman and Owner, David Ondaatje expressed his excitement about Jeff joining the Company,
“As we head into 2017, with the upcoming introduction of a slate of new products and the recent acquisition of Bauer Reels, Jeff’s impressive professional and fly fishing background will help us grow the business while maintaining an unwavering focus on product quality, customer service and continued innovation. Jeff brings extraordinary experience to Winston, not only in business management and product development, but also as a Master Certified Fly Casting Instructor, avid fly fisherman, and former Director and Casting Board Member of the International Federation of Fly Fishers.“
Most recently, Jeff has worked as the Fishing Divisional Planning Manager at Cabela’s, as the Native Fisheries Restoration Project Manager at the National Park Service, and Buyer at Jax Outdoor Gear. Jeff has pursued a Masters of Business Administration and completed a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Colorado State University.
“I am excited to join the Winston team and to be moving to Montana as this position combines my passion for fly fishing and business into a single venture. Not only is Winston an iconic brand with industry leading fly rods, the growth into the fly reel business with Bauer adds to the strength of the company. What will really make this opportunity special are the great people at Winston and the rich culture of fly fishing they have created. My hope is that I can be an effective member of the team as we continue to grow Winston!” said Jeff Wagner.
Concurrent with Jeff’s joining Winston, we are proud to announce that Annette McLean will now be able to dedicate herself full time time to overseeing fly rod design. “We are excited to have Jeff join our team in Montana. Jeff’s wealth of knowledge will be a great addition as Winston continues to grow. In addition, with the availability of new and extraordinary graphite materials and processes, I am excited to devote more time to the R&D of future cutting-edge Winston fly rods.“
The R.L. Winston Rod Company is the leading manufacturer of premium fly rods using boron and graphite composites sold exclusively through the best fly shops in the world. Winston rods are manufactured using the following trademark protected products: Boron III Microspey, Nexus and others. Winston is located in Twin Bridges, Montana and was founded in 1929.