This is a follow-up to my previous thread asking for opinions on this model Winston rod. It came over the weekend, and the weather was cooperative here to get out and cast it a bit....though time constaints forced me to only cast it on grass. I also did not remove the plastic from the cork, just in case I hated it and wanted to list it on the auction site.
The rod is absolutely beautiful! The reel seat has an Eldar wood insert that is opalescent to the eye, and the rod is so light-weight as I think it may be made of smoke and goose down! I matched it with my Marryat MR7 reel, and I tried 3 different lines on it. The first was a Cortland 444 WF-4-F classic line, the second was an older Hardy (I think it was called an "Ultralite") WF-5-F, and the second was a SA GPX taper WF-5-F. I included the last as it is a half line weight heavy for its listed weight. I really wanted to try a DT line, but when I got mine out to try it was cracked, so I threw it away......I think it was only 12 years old too!
The Cortland line cast well, and I was impressed with the rod's (my) ability to land my practice fly on 5 gallon bucket lids that I placed at 25, 35, 45 feet. I was able to hit the 25 and 35 foot lids nearly every cast, and the 45 foot lid 8 times out of 10 throws....pretty good for me! The GPX didn't fare as well. It definitely was more than the rod wanted, and my accuracy suffered. The Hardy line was fantastic! My accuracy at the 3 distances was spot on, even better than the Cortland. what was better was that i moved back another 10 feet, and was still able to hit the longest lid 8 out of 10 casts.....that's 55 feet. I didn't try anything longer.
Yep, I definitely had to slow my stroke down from what I normally use with my BVK, but casting the rod is absulutely effortless and sooooooo forgiving. My father-in-law got home this weekend too, and he broke out his favorite cane rod of similar length and weight. It was amazing how similar in action the BIIt was in action to the cane. The major difference was the weight of the new rod being so light compared to the cane. I think I may have found my new dry fly/smaller water rod! I also think this rod was a super bargain at $400 brand new.
Sorry no pictures.....I was too busy grinding three deer into sausage and bologna.