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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