Re: Warranty on Winston rods?
Winston will not honor a warranty to even the original owner if the rod has a SN under 45000. My IM6 855-3 cost 150 bucks for the tippet section replacement of a three piece rod plus 70 bucks for shipping and insurance. The rod was shipped back via UPS. The SN is 41542. The rod was missing from the UPS shipping tube. After filing a police report, UPS report, UPS picked up the empty shipping tube. The UPS driver, who picked up the rod said items fall out of these tubes all the time, etc. Winston stated we will send you a new rod.
The Winston was custom ordered by me from an authorized dealer. I registered it. A new WT 855 will satisfy me, but; I doubt I will get a birdseye maple reel seat.
The advice above on checking with manufacturers is sound. Sage charged 50 bucks for an older rod I bought from the same dealer.