Fly rods and their impact on fly-fishing and the experience we’ve come to enjoy has morphed over the years and now more so than over the past decade. In the ever changing world of fast action fly rods R.L. Winston has stuck to its roots and developed a rod that bridges the gap between modern fly rod flexes and traditional technique. Enter the R.L. Winston BIII LS.
For a long time Winston has produced trout rods that have a full flexing profile, catering to the angler who revels in the cast, the presentation and the simplicity of a single dry fly. As our sport has grown, fly-fishing with a single dry fly has slowly been pushed aside in response to the various creative ways anglers have engineered to catch fish with a fly rod. It's not that the single dry fly doesn't catch fish anymore, but precise overhead casts, well timed mends and delicate presentations are not the name of the game for many modern flyfishers. Finding a fly rod that loads in close with a dry fly, can turn over a light nymph rig and that can efficiently present a dry-dropper or small bugger is not an easy task, and I believe that the BIII LS fly rod is the first trout rod in the Winston line up that fits into this diverse category.
The Winston BIII LS fly rod has backbone. The BIII LS features Boron III technology which reduces weight throughout the length of the rod while still providing sensitivity, quick response and power throughout the cast. The LS tracks well with little recoil, even when making longer casts. I love this Winston rod for places like Silver Creek and the Henry's Fork where mornings are calm and the afternoons are blustery. The fish don't care that the wind came up, but they do care when your fly is dragging from a badly executed cast or drift. Being able to battle through the breeze and be confident that your equipment can handle what nature throws at you during your day on the water lets you focus on finding that next fish and making an edible presentation.
Big fish, small flies and light tippet. Need I say more? For me, it's about the process. The Winston LS excels in precise casting situations long or short with fish of all sizes, but its ability to protect tippet and put the wood to fish during big runs, fierce head shakes and tough landings is unlike any other rod in the Winston line up.
I'm a big fan of slow rods that throw dry flies like butter and bend to the cork, but they are not my everyday tool for conquering a variety of conditions that I may experience on my local ditch. The R.L. Winston BIII LS is a great all around stick that would fit into any experienced anglers quiver, but would also serve as a great tool for the single rod owner who's ol' trusty must serve a variety of purposes on the water.
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Fly fishing has forever been personified by tweed hats, spectacles, fat wallets and private property. The “sport” which was once for the wealthy and well to do has evolved into a broad spectrum of adventuring anglers in search of a unique experience with fly rod in hand. My favorite part about the fly fishing lifestyle is the places it brings me and the people and environments that characterize those places. I have found myself more and more putting down the fly rod and picking up the camera to document what makes fly fishing so special to me.
I fish and travel because of my attraction to the process of fly fishing. The planning, scouting, surprises and unknowns. I love to document what leads up to catching that big fish and what emotions follow after it is released. At this point for me and the other guys I fish with, catching a fish is a bonus. I once heard someone say, “Catching fish is the goal, but not the point”. The “point” has much more to do with injecting ones self into the environment and succumbing and adhering to process.
Fly fisher people hold themselves to a code of ethics or a way of doing things. At the foundation of my code, is the health and well being of the fish and it’s habitat. In my short lifetime I have seen streams that were once healthy turn to sterile, channelized irrigation ditches. More and more these places are viewed as resources and their intrinsic values are thrown to the wind. The fish are for harvest, the water is for power, drinking, and the waterways are for transport and commerce. Our rivers and fish are valuable within themselves. The communities that line the river bank are the stewards of these places and act as the voice of the rivers and fish. The environmental issues and communities need a platform in which to find common ground and start problem solving.
We have been investigating the communities and the science surrounding Steelhead and Salmon returns in western North America. The fly fishing guides, shop owners, conservationists, common folk and politicians are all fighting for current and future management of the water ways and Steelhead and Salmon in the region. Fisheries programs, dams, and politics are a few of the threats to finding a sustainable solution for these majestic fish and the communities and small scale economies that rely on their health and well being.
You always have to be ready and rolling when working on a project like this. Whether it’s someone hooking a fish, saying something important or documenting wildlife, the camera has to be charged and ready. It takes preparation and power to keep equipment rolling and charged while hiking up remote tributaries, cruising at 35 MPH on jet boats and long days shooting on the water. The PNW in the winter is a wet place and direct sunlight is hard to come by. We relied on what little sunlight we had to power our devices. Our 4am wake-up times, dark packing sessions, sunrise and sunset time lapses and shoot set ups all depended on light and power. Without our Goal Zero gear we would be wet, cold and out of juice. Goal Zero keeps us lit, powered and focused on capturing the story and narrative during this complex project.
Guest post written by Asher Koles of Bloodknots.com
Asher and Brandon of Bloodknots Fly Fishing grabbed their spey rods and film gear, met up with their buddy Brian Roller of Twig Media Lab and headed to a few of the pinnacle steelhead rivers in Oregon.....
Last night we attended the SLC premiere of Felt Soul Media's new film "DamNation". The film absolutely blew my mind. Travis and Ben, the brains behind the project seamlessly pieced together amazing imagery, powerful and inspiring people, and in depth historical accounts of what has led this country into it's modern era of obsolete, dying dams.
Don't miss this film! It is gorgeous, powerful, current and inspiring.
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