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Old 03-31-2012, 07:07 PM
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Was thinking about picking up a R.L. Winston passport 7'6'' 3wt. I already have a Orvis Clearwater 8'0'' 5wt, Just wanna know if any1 uses R.L. Rods and how's the performance over Orvis? Orvis being my 1st fly rod
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They just go by "Winston." A lot of folks fish Winston Rods.

The passport has some very favorable reviews out there. It will probably be a significant upgrade from the Clearwater.


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Default Re: R.L. Winston

It's not one of their USA made rods, but has received some nice reviews. I have a few Winston rods and love them.
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If you want some great rod reviews and another opinion, check out George Anderson's "Yellowstone Angler". He's a well respected authority on the topic.
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I suggest trying it first. I have Winston rods that are among my favorites, including an older 2 piece 4wt WT, and others that I tried and did not like. Each rod in any rod makers inventory has its own personality and I suggest making sure it matches yours.
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I have been using Winston Rods since 1975, when my first Winston purchase was a 4wt. , 7 1/2' "Stalker" SF made fiberglass rod, which I still use...WT's and BIIX's along with the original IM6's are among my favorite rods...

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Rods are as individual to taste as women. We all can agree what looks good, but once we have to live with it a while........

I love my Winston BIIt, but I can't say that all Winstons suit me. I agree find one and cast it.....if you like it, buy it from the dealer....keep him in business.
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I have been using Winston Rods since 1975, when my first Winston purchase was a 4wt. , 7 1/2' "Stalker" SF made fiberglass rod, which I still use...WT's and BIIX's along with the original IM6's are among my favorite rods...


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Don't confuse Passport and Clearwater with their company's real rods. Winston and Orvis design and build rods and both enjoy strong brand loyalty but you are not really buying a brand but a rod built by them...not to their alleged specs in some Asian mass production factory. If cost is a principle factor, look for a used rod of your choice rather than a price-point fake rod.
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Don't confuse Passport and Clearwater with their company's real rods. Winston and Orvis design and build rods and both enjoy strong brand loyalty but you are not really buying a brand but a rod built by them...not to their alleged specs in some Asian mass production factory. If cost is a principle factor, look for a used rod of your choice rather than a price-point fake rod.
Totally agree, I have three Winstons, a B11t 8.6ft #4 an early DL 4 8ft#4 superb dry fly rod, real classic, and a 9ft #6 B11x for the still waters.
Each one is different obviously, but all suit me.
Some say they are Marmite rods, "you either love them or hate them" but a proper home built Winnie is a joy to own and fish with.
If it were me, I would look around for a nice used Winston, they are hard to find, but worth the wait, IMO.
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