My father (and lifetime fishing partner) is turning 60 next week and I've been planning on giving him a new rod for his birthday.
We mostly do fish for large brown trout and arctic char in the Icelandic highlands (mostly lakes) with occasional atlantic salmon in mid-sized rivers. When fishing in the lakes it often gets windy and pretty tough to cast up against the wind. So he's told me he is thinking of getting a rod for next spring/summer that's better for that than his current rod (Sage XP 9ft 6wt) in strong wind and was planning on getting a 7 weight Sage One. The plan was to give him a 7wt 10ft Sage One ...but during the weekend I found a used but same as new RL Winston BIIx 7w 10ft and bought it.
Now, do you think that the Winston rod is a good tool for windy lake fishing? If not I might keep the Winston for myself (I do like it) and let him get the rod he was planning to get.
Me holding two large browns from the lakes.
And here's my father in the wind