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Why Winston B2X Fly Rods are so amazingly tough !!!

We are often asked why American Made Winston B2X fly rods cost more than those made off-shore.  Why are Winston B2X rods are so much lighter per model than their competition?  And after mixing it up with some incredibly athletic ocean fish, we wondered how such lightweight rods could take so much abuse when others failed? 
For the answers, Winston gave us a look at what's inside that beautiful, shiny green B2X blank.

Six layers (count them) of composites, that's like building the same rod six times; very labor intensive and expensive. The rod starts out with two helical wrapped graphite layers, then a layer of unidirectional Boron fibers, then two more helical graphite layers, then a unidirectional layer of graphite.  This combination results in very lightweight rods with incredible durability.

There is a 30-pound dorado under the boat.  This kind of dead-lift breaks many rods. This Black Marlin was brought to the boat in
less than one hour with a 12-weight B2X.

Pictured above are fly rod cross-sections.  Boron/graphite rods (left) are typically thinner and lighter, yet stronger than comparable all-graphite rods (right).

There are various factors that govern how a fishing rod will perform - including weight, flex and trajectory.  These performance features can be optimized by incorporating layers or "piles" of boron fibers into a graphite.  Boron fiber, originally developed for aerospace applications, is five times as strong and twice as stiff as steel, yet lighter in weight than aluminum.

Boron can add stability and up to 25% more strength to graphite fishing rods while reducing the overall weight.  This enables designers to create rods that throw a flatter line trajectory.

WINSTON ROD CO. since 1929.

Boron IIx Rods

Test Reports 5-weight
Test Report 12-weight
Two-Hand Rods

Mark Bachman with Mexican Bonito landed with a Winston B2x  #12 fly rod. Boron IIx 3-Weight Rods
Boron IIx 4-Weight Rods
Boron IIx 5-Weight Rods 
Boron IIx 6-Weight Rods
Boron IIx 7-Weight Rods
Boron IIx 8-Weight Rods
Boron IIx 9-Weight Rods
Boron IIx 10-Weight Rods
Boron IIx 12-Weight Rods

Winston Boron IIx fly rods.

Introduced in 2004, the Boron IIx Series (B2x) rods are unlike anything you've ever fished.  Featuring the next generation of high-modulus boron/graphite composite material, they're powerful, responsive, very accurate and have the widest casting range of any rods that Winston offers; you can delicately present flies at 10 feet or make casts to 100'.  They're also close to an ounce lighter than any comparable size rods now on the market.  All unnecessary weight has been eliminate from ferrules, the rods have titanium guides and the new Winston green graphite spacer in the reel seat.  This new Winston Series is very "techy". That is this, "The B2x Series uses cutting edge materials-technology to give you cutting edge line speed in a very lightweight, controllable package such as a 12-weight rod that weigh the same as the 7 or 9-weight rod you are fishing with now."   

Reel Seats:

3 thru 6-weight: Black Anodized Aluminum up-lock with green graphite spacer.
3 thru 6-weight: German Silver up-lock with Burl Maple spacer.
5 and 6-weight - 9' 6" models: Black Anodized Aluminum up-lock with green graphite spacer and cork fighting butt.
7 thru
12-weight: 12-weight: Black Anodized Aluminum up-lock with green graphite spacer and cork fighting butt.

Buy a Winston B2x Fly Rod Before February 1, 2006
Each series of fly rods has a particular action that matches best with a certain design of fly lines. 
In the case of Winston B2X fly rods, most casters will be most comfortable with a slightly heavy, aggressive style of weight forward line.
In floating lines for fresh water fishing, the Rio Grand is a most versatile performer.

RIO Grandô Fly Line
Now with new coating and higher floating tip

The RIO Grandģ is state-of-the-art in fly line technology with distinctive benefits for the trout fly fisher. The tip floats extremely high due to RIOís proprietary manufacturing process, yet gives a smooth light delivery of even the smallest dry fly. The weight forward taper features a slightly heavier load to activate the faster modern fly rod, yet the rear taper is long enough for roll casting. The line is the product of RIOís SlickShooterô Process and incorporates a supple coldwater, super slick, self-lubricating, dirt-resistant coating on a

nylon multifilament core. This is the perfect line for wet or dry fly fishing. RIO has included a welded loop on the front end of the fly line to facilitate changing leaders. In all our tests we have found excellent turnover and presentation with this loop. When landing fish, it slides through the rod guides more easily than the customary nail knot. Traditionalists can cut this loop off and not compromise the taper. 100' long.

After extensive testing, our shop people feel the Rio Grand Fly Line is the best freshwater fly line to match the Winston B2X fly rod action. 
Get one free to match any Winston B2X purchased from us before February 1, 2006
$60.00 Value

Bermuda Triangle Taper Saltwater Lines

After extensive testing, our shop people feel the Royal Wulff Bermuda Triangle Taper Line is the best saltwater fly line to match the Winston B2X fly rod action. 
Get one free to match any Winston B2X purchased from us before February 1, 2006
$67.95 Value

Line up with Wulff's newest family of fly lines, the Bermuda Triangle Tapers. Built to withstand the wilting heat of tropical flats and blistering decks, this line will continue to cast like a rocket when others have folded up. That's because we build it around a special 16-strand braided monofilament core that stays stiff to deliver blazing casts -- even in blazing heat. The finish is also harder and stickier than Wulff regular saltwater lines, with a slightly bumpy texture that helps facilitate longer casts. And, because it's a Triangle Taper, it features a tip that can be customized. The lighter, neutral colors "disappear" into the sea and sky This small rooster Fish ate a popper presented with a Royal Wulff Bermuda Triangle Taper Floating Fly line.
for added stealth. Works best at temperatures above  70  degrees Fahrenheit but can be used at lower temperatures.  We first heard about these lines from our old friend Tom White who guides tarpon trips out of Marathon, Florida.  The Bermuda Triangle Taper has quickly become one of the most popular saltwater lines that we sell.

By: Stan Steele
   I have been Fly Fishing for many years, and as I look back at my progress in technique and casting ability, I realize that the road to get where I am now has been long and sometimes bumpy. Were it not for the help I got along the way, I might have given up long ago. Instead, I believe there is still much to learn. Fly Casting, to me, is a never ending journey. Although one can learn to cast, cast well enough to catch some fish, the road to fly casting excellence will seem to go on forever.

   If you are like me, you want to continue to get better. Why just cast well enough to get by? Over the past several years Iíve discovered, what I call, The Three Pís in Fly Casting; they are PRACTICE, PERSEVERANCE, and PATIENCE. First of all, if you really want to get better, you need to PRACTICE on a regular basis. Your practice routine should be well thought out and have specific objectives in mind.

In other words, practice to increase DISTANCE should be different than that of correcting a FAULT. Make sure that your practice goals are clear. Donít try to overcome the next hurdle until youíve cleared the last one.

   The second and third Pís, PERSEVERANCE and PATIENCE, are the ones that will require some time. As you continue to practice, the skill required to reach the next higher level will become increasingly more difficult to achieve. This is where PERSEVERANCE comes into play. In order to get where you want to be, ďyou must stay the courseĒ. Donít give up! No one said it was going to be easy. Now that you are practicing on a regular basis and youíre bound and determined to improve, we come to last P, PATIENCE. This might very well be the most important of all. One needs to be patient. The process you will be going through will take some time. Remember, if you will, that learning is not straight-line growth, but rather a series of plateaus.

    Please be aware that you will stumble from time to time. The only real way to overcome this and become a better Fly Caster is to employ the Three Pís, PRACTICE regularly with specific goals in mind; PERSEVERE, donít give up and finally, have lots of PATIENCE.

This picture was sent to us 01/05/06, by a customer who once said,
"I don't use sink tips and don't fish winter steelhead".
Looks like he changed his mind !!!


Free Fly Tying Party
Jan. 21 -  3:00 pm to 6:00 pm Saturday Afternoon.
Tying Winter Steelhead Flies
(the guides deadly Ĺ dozen).
This program is for new tiers and experienced tiers alike.
Instructional demonstrations with big-screen TV,
and all tying materials & hooks are free.
A custom made fly tying room with perfect lighting
and special teaching aides are provided.
You get to keep all the flies you tie.  
Please bring your own tools & tying thread if you have them.
If you don't have them, we will provide them.
Try ANY VISE we have in stock FOR FREE !!!
Refreshments will be served.  Bring snacks if you want to.
Everyone is welcome!

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