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Old 05-16-2010, 02:25 PM
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Default R.L. Winston Boron

Anyone have experience with one of these?

Looking at Boron II 4 weight.
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I tried a BIIX 9' 4wt a summer ago. I loved it for the "Oneness" you could feel out of the rod. However,..... sadly for nymphing I would snag hook 3/4 of my fish. And, I rarely dry fly fish so I sold it back on ebay. Try it on stream before you buy.. It will hook you to yard cast it. Watch ebay for a used one to save money..

I now use a 10' rod for nymphing and have been watching for a used 10 BIIX or BIIT.. I do worry that a 10' Boron will be to soft in the tip.

Those are my two bits...

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Looking forward to see where this thread goes. Know of the rods/materials but never met anyone whose actually cast one (that includes me).

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Default Re: R.L. Winston Boron

I have several winston boron rods. I like them in the lighter weights, but find the tips too soft in the higher wts. (I prefer Sage for heavier wt rods.)

There are people on this board who are much more experienced than me in fishing winston rods. Hopefully, one of them will chime in.
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Got a 6w & 8w BIIX. Plus a 5w LT5. (the rest are glass rods)
I'd like a 8'6" 4w, 9' 10w, and any 3w. I'd also like a BIIT in a 8'6"5w and a BIIMX in a 6w.
I just like the way it feels casting a line, hooking a fish and landing one.

I don't understand crittergetters snagging problem, but I wouldn't blame it on the rod (no offense).
They don't have the power a TCR or TCX have, but it's a Winston feel all the same. If you want more power (for what I wouldn't know) get a Loomis.
One more thing I have to add, the 6w is probably the best all around trout rod I've ever owned. At 2 7/8 oz. you're not going to find a lot of other rods in 5w's that are that light.
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Got a 6w & 8w BIIX. Plus a 5w LT5. (the rest are glass rods)
I'd like a 8'6" 4w, 9' 10w, and any 3w. I'd also like a BIIT in a 8'6"5w and a BIIMX in a 6w.
I just like the way it feels casting a line, hooking a fish and landing one.

I don't understand crittergetters snagging problem, but I wouldn't blame it on the rod (no offense).
They don't have the power a TCR or TCX have, but it's a Winston feel all the same. If you want more power (for what I wouldn't know) get a Loomis.
One more thing I have to add, the 6w is probably the best all around trout rod I've ever owned. At 2 7/8 oz. you're not going to find a lot of other rods in 5w's that are that light.
I've always preferred fast actions. There's a guy selling a BII 4wt for 200 bucks. Reckon I can't go wrong from what I know of them.
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After trying mine, I've had four (or more) friends buy the 8' 6" BIIx 4 weight.
The 8', 6" 4 weight BIIx is my trout fishing sweetheart. It used to be a 8', 4 weight IM-6 Winston but the BIIx has a whole lot more range, is a four-piece and is lighter.
If you can, try one at a fly shop with a true 4 weight line. Start in close then extend the cast little by little. Prepare to be amazed is about all I can say!
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I've always preferred fast actions. There's a guy selling a BII 4wt for 200 bucks. Reckon I can't go wrong from what I know of them.
BII what? BIIx or BIIt? They're different rods. BIIt's are slower and softer rods than the BIIx's. Also, what is the length?

.....regardless, you're right - you can't go wrong for $200. If you don't like it, you can sell it for more than that unless the rod is in bad shape.
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BII what? BIIx or BIIt? They're different rods. BIIt's are slower and softer rods than the BIIx's. Also, what is the length?
Then there is the BIIMx!
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I'm considering a 2 or 3 weight rod for small creek fishing, to supplement my 4-wt. ZG Helios 10' 9.5 fast tip which I use mainly for nymphing in larger streams (I use my Sage SP 8'9" 5-wt. as an alternative when I need more delicacy in presentation). It sounds like a Winston boron rod might fill the bill pretty well; any suggestions?
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