Identifying a Winston Fly Rod

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Okietiger
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Identifying a Winston Fly Rod

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Hello all. Looking for some help figuring out exactly what I have in hand. I just picked up a Winston 9 ft., 6 wt., 5 piece rod serial #83799 with a "LT" designation at an estate sale. It has a zebra wood seat and an uplocking silver or nickel/silver rings. Came with it's own tube and sock. Looks like it hasn't been used.

I can't find anything about this rod on Winston's site. Can anyone help me ID the material (assuming graphite, generation?) and speed of this thing? It is beautifully made and I'm all geeked up to use it but would like to learn a little more.

Thanks in advance!

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You bought a nice rod.

This forum is more geared towards bamboo fly rods, but here is something I found on another site:

LT: These incredibly smooth-casting, 5-piece Winston fly rods fish wonderfully and travel exceptionally well. They feature soft tips, rod actions that are slightly faster and crisper than our WT series, and, of course, the distinctive feel found only in a Winston. Our internal spigot ferrule system ensures that the taper and internal diameter of one section of the rod exactly matches that of the adjoining section. The performance of these rods is unmatched in the category. An LT-5 piece is a superb choice, whether you're hiking into the backcountry or just heading out for a day's fishing. Line weights 2-6.

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Re: Identifying a Winston Fly Rod

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Thank you BGreer. That is helpful. Appreciate the response.

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Re: Identifying a Winston Fly Rod

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they are IM6 graphite

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Thank you Bulldog!

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Okietiger . . .

The measure of the rod will, of course, be how you like it--how well it suits you and your purposes--but I can tell you that the 9' 6 wt. LT is among my all time favorite graphite rods, and a wonderful configuration for carrying in a pack or for travel.

I've never owned that particular rod. By the time they were introduced I already had a 9' 6 wt. 3-piece Winston IM6 and wasn't in the market for another in that length and weight, but a good friend I used to regularly go down into the Black Canyon of the Gunnison with had that very rod. I've fished it, and I loved it.

The LT was a bit stiffer overall than most other Winstons of the time, but nothing like the really stiff rods that were coming from makers like Sage and Loomis at about the same time.

It's a great rod for tossing big flies on big water--I especially liked it for big stoneflies (dries and nymphs) in the canyon and I think you'll find that it will do anything you'd typically ask of a 9' 6 wt., and do it with a wonderful blend of both power and "feel".

A beautifully made rod.
Great find!

Congratulations!
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Re: Identifying a Winston Fly Rod

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Are all LT's IM6 rods? I have a 8'3" 4wt LT and it doesn't feel like a typical IM6 rod. But that might be because of the 4 ferrules. It's a great pack rod, but as has been said, it's a bit stiffer than a typical classic Winston.
I've got more sticks than I can shake a fish at.

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Lt's are at low end of the Winston line - but still better than most on the market.

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LT was in the premium range. Not in the low end at all. One of the best graphite series ever made.

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chform wrote:LT was in the premium range. Not in the low end at all. One of the best graphite series ever made.

Christian
Ditto. My wife has that rod and uses it for drift boat fishing. Not low end and not IM6. Winston stopped using the IM6 after serial # 42,000 or thereabouts.

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Re: Identifying a Winston Fly Rod

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You can contact Winston at this Number. Phone: 406.684.5674
Give them the serial number of your rod and they will help you with any information you wish. To include the date the rod was made.
By the way Great Rod!

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