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Forum: Other Gear 09-19-2014, 02:32 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 732
Posted By labtrout
Re: Wading Staff Suggestion

Here is another vote for the Folstaff. I'm on my second one. Got the first around 1986 and it lasted until last season. Actually it is still usable and I kept it, but I went with a longer one (59" vs...
Forum: Fly Rods 09-18-2014, 12:55 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 1,608
Posted By labtrout
Re: High End Fly Rod Suggestions

Hi Shred. Let me add my welcome.

Two things: First off, I live in New England and mainly fish the Farmington and Housatonic, as well as the upper Connecticut, Androscoggin, Rapid and similar-sized...
Forum: Fly Rods 09-12-2014, 05:58 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 795
Posted By labtrout
Re: is a winston rod good?

You have what may be a fine, general-purpose fishing rod, but there are several questions you need answered and things you need to consider.

First, that model is no longer made. Winston has not...
Forum: Fly Rods 09-11-2014, 07:55 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,004
Posted By labtrout
Re: Best of the mod. to mod/fast past & present ?

I would say the 8 1/2-foot 5-weight and the TMF 8-foot 4-weight could be considered classics among graphite rods, but everyone who fishes Winstons has their favorites. I would not trade my 5-weight...
Forum: Fly Rods 09-11-2014, 06:19 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,004
Posted By labtrout
Re: Best of the mod. to mod/fast past & present ?

They were simply called IM6 graphite when the blanks were rolled for Winston by Loomis. Later, around 1997-98 I believe, Winston started rolling its own blanks and re-labeled the rod the WT, or...
Forum: Fly Rods 09-11-2014, 05:06 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,004
Posted By labtrout
Re: Best of the mod. to mod/fast past & present ?

I am probably repeating myself but.....

My two favorite rods are IM6 Winstons now more than 20 years old: an 8 1/2-foot 5-weight and a 7 1/2-foot 4-weight. I probably have caught more than half...
Forum: Fly Rods 07-21-2014, 07:42 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 545
Posted By labtrout
Re: Thomas & Thomas "Special Dry Fly" Information

I once owned an SDF and everything Audex said about it is spot-on. The only thing I would add is that T&T offered an XL series between the named "Heritage" rods and the LPS and Horizon series. The 8'...
Forum: Other Gear 07-17-2014, 07:34 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,687
Posted By labtrout
Re: Canoe vs Kayak vs Pontoon

Canoe = old school.
Me = old.
Therefore, me = canoe.

Seriously, I have used float tubes and kayaks, but much prefer fishing from my canoe on New England ponds. Mine is a 14-foot Mad River that...
Forum: Fly Rods 07-14-2014, 07:47 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,684
Posted By labtrout
Re: New Winston.....

I never said it was junk. I said it sounds like an updated GVX. I also never said the were lying, I said it was marketing hype. Words should have meaning, and descriptions should be accurate. The...
Forum: Fly Rods 07-14-2014, 07:09 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,684
Posted By labtrout
Re: New Winston.....

That piece in the link has all the typical BS marketing hype: "revolutionary," "new light all-graphite smooth action," "premium" but affordable, "fantastic new high performance," "redefine the high...
Forum: Other Gear 07-07-2014, 07:15 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 218
Posted By labtrout
Re: Finally got it!

Great vest. I've had mine for many years and It has stood up. I pin my zinger with attached nipper on the right strap above the fleece patch: out of the way and easy to access. I put the hemostat...
Forum: Fly Rods 07-07-2014, 06:19 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,113
Posted By labtrout
Re: Winston GVX, Scoot, G. Loomis, St. Croix 4wt

Yes, I often fish wets with it; in fact I did that today, swinging a soft hackle wet fly down and across during a sulfur hatch. The rod is ideal for that and I caught a bunch of browns using that...
Forum: Fly Rods 07-07-2014, 04:27 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,113
Posted By labtrout
Re: Winston GVX, Scoot, G. Loomis, St. Croix 4wt

I have the GVX in a 5-weight and I think it's a terrific all-purpose rod and especially good with dry flies.
Forum: Fly Rods 07-04-2014, 07:22 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,039
Posted By labtrout
Re: The quintessential 8ft 4 wt?

As others have said, the TMF is not at all like the 3-piece Winston 4-weight. I had the 3-piece model at one time and actually preferred it with a TT 5-weight line. It was nice but had a pretty quick...
Forum: Fly Rods 07-02-2014, 07:10 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,039
Posted By labtrout
Re: The quintessential 8ft 4 wt?

If you want a true classic, look for a Winston TMF (Tom Morgan Favorite), one of the nicest 8' 4-weight dry fly rods ever made. They still turn up on the auction site.

In fiberglass, I really like...
Forum: Fly Lines 06-30-2014, 09:17 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 608
Posted By labtrout
Re: Wulff Triangle Tapers...

I have been using Triangle Taper lines on my IM6 Winston 4 and 5-weight rods for many years and now on my B2x 6-weight as well. As others have mentioned, they roll cast beautifully, lay out long...
Forum: Fly Rods 05-21-2014, 04:49 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,060
Posted By labtrout
Re: all around trout rod

I fish small to medium sized rivers in the East. My go-to trout rods are the Winston IM6 8'6" 5-weight for dries and wets and the 9' 6-weight Bllx for nymphs and streamers. This is a very biased...
Forum: Fly Rods 05-11-2014, 09:11 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 368
Posted By labtrout
Re: Pre IM6 Winston 7 wt

One of my fondest fishing memories is from the early 1990s. I had just acquired my first Winston, an 8-foot, 5-weight and I was fishing a small pond in northern New Hampshire from my canoe. It was a...
Forum: Fly Rods 05-01-2014, 08:37 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,599
Posted By labtrout
Re: 6-Weight Renaissance

I've not heard of the Yellowstone. My old Orvis 6-weight was called the Limestone Special. Was yours a special-order rod?
Forum: Fly Reels 04-27-2014, 07:11 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,518
Posted By labtrout
Re: Ross Introduces New Gunnison - Limited Edition

The Gunnison is a classic for a reason: it is a great reel.
Forum: Fly Rods 04-23-2014, 11:13 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,122
Posted By labtrout
Re: Who designed the Winston WT and LT?

Same here. My B2x 6-weight does everything well; big and small dries, tandem nymphs and streamers. I seldom need to cast more than 50 feet or so anyway so I probably never miss the lack of "reserve...
Forum: Fly Reels 04-14-2014, 06:39 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 610
Posted By labtrout
Re: Vintage heavier-duty reel?

I fished in Labrador a few years back with a Ross Gunnison G4 on my 8-weight rod and it handled landlocked salmon to 5 lbs., lake trout to 9 lbs. and even a 42-inch pike. Gunnisons are tough,...
Forum: Fly Rods 04-08-2014, 06:19 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 691
Posted By labtrout
Re: Old Orvis "Seven-Eleven" 4wt Full Flex: What have I got?

You have one of the great old Superfines. Along with the classic 7'9" 5-weight Far & Fine, this was considered one of the best tapers Orvis ever produced. It is almost strictly a dry-fly rod, soft...
Forum: Fly Rods 04-05-2014, 08:23 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 651
Posted By labtrout
Re: Anybody fish a Winston IM6 8' 5-weight?

As I said in an earlier post, that was my first Winston. It was a smooth, lightweight 2-piece rod that weighed only 2 1/2 oz. Mine came with a downlocking reel seat over a cork spacer. It was equally...
Forum: Fly Rods 04-02-2014, 08:47 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,143
Posted By labtrout
Re: Short Rods??

There are lots of small streams here in N.E. loaded with wild brook trout. To do that kind of fishing effectively, a short rod is a must. For me, that means a 6'6" or 7'6" 4-weight, depending on...
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