Author Archives: Leslie Clark
By Michael Stack
THE BUNNY AND BEADHEAD
One of our favorite and most successful tactics for catching big trout is to add a dropper nymph off the back of your streamer. The “Bunny and a Beadhead” or “Dragging Junk” rig (as it’s affectionately known around the rivers of southwest Montana) is an easy way to entice strikes from trout that will engage and chase a streamer, but not eat it. Essentially, the streamer brings the trout to the party and the nymph trailing behind triggers the strike.
WINSTON ENERGY SALTWATER FLY LINES. A new approach to fly line design.
Winston Energy Saltwater fly lines were designed utilizing an entirely new scientific approach and state of the art analytics to enhance the energy transfer between the rod and line. By measuring the dynamic characteristics of fly rods at various flex points, we’ve applied an engineered system to precisely design lines that are ideal for each rod weight. The result is a series of lines that perfectly match the performance characteristics of today’s fly rods, and provide anglers with optimized line control, accuracy and, most importantly, presentation. Available in WF 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 for Salt.
by Robert Morselli/ Midcurrent.com
8-weights aren’t easy. Saltwater 8-weights even less so: they have a considerably elevated set of performance hurdles to clear than your average 5-weight. Consider that, and the vision R.L. Winston tasked their rod maker with when developing the Boron III Plus line of performance fly rods. The general message seems to have been: Go big. Big flies. Big wind. Big fish. Develop a rod that will address the most challenging fishing situations (probably the easy part), and give it that classic Winston feel (the hard part).
The R.L.Winston Rod Company in Twin Bridges, Montana, is pleased to announce today that they will be connecting with customers far and wide at Furimsky’s Fly Fishing Shows in early 2017. The shows and dates are as follows:
Denver, Colorado – January 6, 7, 8th
Somerset, New Jersey – January 27, 28, 29th
Atlanta, Georgia – February 3rd & 4th
Pleasanton, California – February 24, 25, 26th
Fly lines are often overlooked by anglers when setting up a new outfit. The reel and rod are obviously important, but good fly line makes a rod perform that much better. For example: I’d never use a true-to-weight line on a Sage MOD or Bolt. Both of those rods are stiff enough to warrant a heavier line, like the MPX series from Scientific Anglers. So when fishing a medium-fast action rod it makes sense to use a line closer to the AFFTA standards for line and rod weight.
by Kyle Wilkinson
I DON’T WANT TO SAY IT’S HARD FOR A NEW FLY ROD TO IMPRESS ME THESE DAYS, BUT TO SOME DEGREE….IT REALLY KIND OF IS.
Does that mean I’m still not excited to cast a flashy new stick of graphite and don’t think that many of them really are pretty awesome. Not at all. With all the various technologies that go into fly rods these days- even with the mid priced offerings- we as anglers have it pretty much made in the shade when it comes to finding a fly rod that suits our needs and wallet.
The R.L. Winston Rod Company in Twin Bridges, Montana, leading manufacturer of the world’s finest fly rods utilizing Boron III technology, is extremely pleased to announce Rio Marié Lodge, as the newest fly fishing lodge to be selected as a WINSTON PREFERRED LODGE®.
As a child, I grew up playing in the rivers and hills of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. My parents gave us limited rules and restrictions when we hit the trails and rivers. We could run free, climb on the rocks, explore what we thought where endless boundaries, as long as Mom could see us. There was a sense of magic, playing in the pale blue waters and lush forest.
The R.L. Winston Rod Company is very pleased to announce that Mia Sheppard has joined the Winston Field Advisor team. Two time world champion spey caster, accomplished guide, conservationist, upland bird hunter, skier and mother, Mia grew up in Tennessee, chasing trout and hiking the beautiful Great Smoky Mountains. Fly fishing caught her attention in 1996 and in 2001, Marty Sheppard, her husband, introduced her to spey casting, and connecting with steelhead. Together they purchased Little Creek Outfitters, guiding anglers into steelhead, trout and smallmouth bass on Oregon Rivers.
The R.L. Winston Rod Company is delighted to announce that Jim Murphy, well known fly fishing industry leader, has joined the Company as a member of the Winston sales team.
Jim has been a product and business developer in the fly market for over 25 years. He founded three brands: Redington, Albright and Douglas. He also served as President of Hardy North America. He brings an experienced perspective of the market and its future direction to his duties at Winston. Jim will be working on the sales programs in the export and southeastern US markets. As a member of the Winston team Jim will also be working on special business development projects. He lives in Stuart, Florida with his wife, Tess and enjoys his four boys’ adventures as anglers and adults.