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addni 08-30-2012 06:08 PM

Winston Biix, Spey
Advice needed fellow anglers. I am being offered 14' #8/9 Winston Biix and I havent heard that much about those as spey rods.

Anyone own one? If so, what is the action like and could you compare it to anything?

I know the single handers and already got my hands on one of those, but experience tells me that it doesnt always translate from single handers to two handers (action and feel etc)

Any comments appreciated :)

Hardyreels 08-30-2012 08:34 PM

Re: Winston Biix, Spey
A while back I spoke to the rod techs at Winston about actions. What they told me was that although the rods are a bit faster than their old materials and designs had produced, they were relatively slower than many other new rods on the market today. By 'slower' I would mean more of a full flexing rod.

I would advise you to contact the Winston company by phone or e-mail and inquire about this particular rod from the 'rod shop' people.

addni 09-27-2012 04:45 PM

Re: Winston Biix, Spey
As it turned out. I am quite the bully when it comes to whacking the stick (power application would be english proper) and it didn't suit me as well as I had hoped. I ended getting a Sage ONE (a dark theme is brewing in my rod storage as this is the third) as for some reason that rod really likes me :) Regardless of it being a single hander or (now) double hander. That's not saying that Winston dont make great rods, because they make great rods. For some reason Sage just seem to agree with me more. Different folks, different strokes.

Hardyreels 09-27-2012 04:56 PM

Re: Winston Biix, Spey
I believe that what you use for lines will determine what you like in rods / actions. I use long belly lines and that creates quite a difference in how I cast when compared to a fellow using short heads such as Skagit lines. I'm on the prowl for a Derek Brown 8/9 or 7/8 15' rod for light work.

It's always good to hear that a fellow has found what works for him.


kwb 09-28-2012 12:45 PM

Re: Winston Biix, Spey
The 14' BIIx is definitely the "fastest" of the series...

What I mean by "fast" is the fact it has a pretty stiff action, it is definitely designed more for an underhand casting style and scandi heads...

It is a LOT different than the 7133-3 BIIx which is what I would consider a fairly full flexing rod, but still definitely best suited for underhand casting...

I would not say the 14' is "slower" than many other rods on the market, perhaps if compared to a Loomis Stinger one could say that...

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