Sam Drukman [1958- 2012]
On July 28, 2012, the flyfishing community lost one of its most popular and creative leaders.
Sam’s contributions during his 16 years with Winston and impact on the broader flyfishing community will last for countless years to come. Sam was instrumental in overseeing Winston’s historical transition to rolling its own blanks in Montana in 1994, and directed the company’s rod design for over 14 years until 2007.
He was an incredible person. In addition to being one of the leading rod designers in the world for the past two decades, he was a talented classical guitarist, a dedicated and loving family man, and a great and loyal friend to all of us at Winston. And while he will be greatly missed, his warm and independent personality lives on in the spectacular rod designs he pioneered while at Winston, through the indelible impact he has had on our design philosophy, and through his unwavering obsession with excellence. Like Lew Stoner and others before him, he will always be an important part of Winston, not just part of our past, but an important part of what we do every day.
We will miss you, Sam.
Everyone at Winston