I have WTs with 100,000+ serial numbers in the 8' 6" 5 weight and TMF tapers. From comments I have seen over the years those seem to be generally regarded as two of the classics.Not all IM6 models were great rods, changing resin, didn't fix that, and the WT version wasn't great either. But the GREAT IM6 models, still remained great in the WT.
I guess you could call me one of the scoffers as I own two 8.5 5 wt IM6 Winstons. One serial 42,000 something and the other 44,000.If I am hearing you right, I think you are agreeing with Winston's claim (and disagreeing with some WT scoffers) that there should be no real difference between the IM6 and the WT versions of the same taper. Although the earlier ones were rolled under contract by Loomis and the later ones in-house by Winston, both versions were rolled on the same equipment, to the same specs, using virtually the same material. Is that correct? Or were the differences in the older and newer batches of carbon fiber and resin significant enough to distinguish the Loomis blanks from the Winston ones in any meaningful way?
I've just seen one on eBayUK so thought I'd post a link as the photos are quite good and may be useful to others while they last.I purchased a Leonard Graftek fly rod in 1975. It was a 8 1/2', 5-6wt. I got a lot of good use out of it before it suffered "catastrophic failure" and literally exploded at the ferrule on a large Brown in Robinson Creek in the Eastern Sierra in the early 80's...
If anyone else runs into him at another show, maybe he can be persuaded to bring the discussion forum back to the Winston website!As a quick update - I spoke at length in a meeting with Jim Murphy from Winston during his visit to the Denver Fly Fishing Show, and he requested that I forward my notes and data to him, which I have done. He has confirmed via email the he will be sharing this with the Winston team, and it is my hopes that it will not only be valuable in preservation of Winston's history, but in assisting the masses of collectors with accurate time-lining. Further, I garnered Jim's commitment that Winston will do their utmost to verify accuracy, and bring to light any noted variances or inaccuracies that may exist, so that we may all enjoy a confirmed and detailed true account of record. I will update again, once this has taken place, and if any anomalies are noted will make corrections accordingly. I think this is great movement toward perpetude of record being held at Winston.
Moucheur, Interestingly enough....I happened to broach that very subject with him as well....with a strong push for the possible benefit of re-gathering the largely desegregated group of Winston advocates, I also pointed out the far too substandard facebook page replacement as VERY inadequate. I think Jim truly understood my points, if from nothing else, a business perspective. He said he would take them under advisement and discuss with marketing if an initiative could be put together. Guess we'll see.If anyone else runs into him at another show, maybe he can be persuaded to bring the discussion forum back to the Winston website!