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SpringCreek
04-24-2007, 04:12 PM
Hello all,

I have been lurking around the board for a while and finally decided to join. You all seem like a good group of people. I am considering purchasing a Winston Boron IIx rod, 8' 6" 5 weight. They feel light though I have not cast one yet. They are also on the expensive side. Do any of you own one of these and are they worth that much money? Thanks.

mtnman2888
04-24-2007, 07:49 PM
Hello, I got a BIIX several months back, a 8'6" 3 wt and i love it. Depending on your tastes, however, there is the BIIt as well. The BIIx is a very fast action while the BIIt is a more traditional slow action. My 3 wt is actually taken over and i use it for everything but streamer and tailwater fishing. It casts nymphs very well and i can't speak enough good words about the rod. As far as money goes, i don't know if i'd say it's worth it, but then again what fly rod is???? If you're looking at something in that price range, i can definitely recommend that rod for you.

Craig

psnapp
04-24-2007, 08:33 PM
They are on the expensive side, but I didn't find a rod that I really liked before I got a BIIX. I have a 9' 5-wt and wouldn't dare fish a tailwater without it!

Caneybuff
04-24-2007, 09:06 PM
Fishing one afternoonwith my friend, Grumpy, he was hooking up frequently.. I wasn't. He hollers, "It's the rod, it's the rod! ..." Of course he was kidding.. Go try to buy a rod from him and he will tell you quickly, just like Byron would, .. Many decent rods and reels can be had for lots less bucks than Winston models and provide as good a fishing memory as the more expensive equipment. As a matter of fact I can think of no real instance where the rod itself had much to do with whether I was catching fish or not. But, there is something to be said about how you feel or enjoy the equipment you're using at the time. Knowing I am fishing with "Quality" that comes with a life-time warranty just adds to the whole satisfaction and enjoyment of the experience for me. And whether it's valid to say my confidence is higher because I am using a high-quality rod and line is a matter for other discussion. But I do know that feeling more confident means more tight lines, for me. Are they worth the bucks? For me, Yes, they are. But I will say that when I am concentrating on the drift, the end of my line, the dry-fly, or indicator, I am not thinking about the rod or reel. I might be thinking about the line though.


You know the good Lord never told Adam to go to church,, he just said "get out there in the garden," and you know a river runs through it..

Realtyman
04-24-2007, 11:06 PM
Caneybuff,
Rumor has it you bought the warranty and they gave you the rod. Our "friend" says that he won't lay a rod down within 50 yards of where you are standing! He He. Caneybuff knows I'm joking but yes, the no hassle warranty is definitely something to consider. Not that I would ever sell one, but Winston holds a high re-sell value, if you can find one. I'm still waiting!

Grumpy
04-25-2007, 07:10 AM
Cast it & then decide if it's worth that much to you, try a few other's in the same price range as well to compare them.
My truck isn't worth the $36,000 price tag that was on it, i had to have it:rolleyes:
My Winstons hold their value better than the blame truck:mad:

Grumpy

SpringCreek
04-25-2007, 10:22 AM
Thank you for the advice. I'll give one a cast and will probably take the plunge. They sure are pretty.

SpringCreek

MtnMike
04-25-2007, 10:07 PM
Hey SpringCreek,
I bought the 8' 6" 5wt BIIx from LRO in August of 2005. I can not say enough good things about this rod. The more I fish with it the more I am convinced that this has to be one of the finest all-around trout rods available. They only had them with graphite reel seats in stock and so I ordered one with the wood spacer (If you're going to drop $600 on a rod you might as well get it the way you want it), It looks great, mine is paired up with and English made CFO III and Rio Selective Trout WF line. It makes a great outfit. I do a lot of sight fishing in reallly shallow water on the South Holston Tailwater and even though this is a fast action rod with that line it is great at making delicate presentation with 15' - 18' leaders. There are a lot of good rods out there and many of them cost a lot less money, but I am very pleased with my BIIx.

Bullwinkle
04-30-2007, 09:25 AM
I bought the B2x 8'6" a couple of years ago and it's the best all around rod I have. It worked out west on Yellowstone River floats and the rivers up around Twin Bridges. It also worked great on the small creeks in the park. I also found it to be a good rod for Mi and PA road trips. I have the Ross revo reel on it but if I was to do that again I would go with something else maybe the Tibor.

SpringCreek
05-01-2007, 03:16 PM
Thanks everyone,

I think I'm convinced. Nothing looks better than one of those Green Winstons. I'm sure they cast as good as they look. And thanks to you for taking the time to answer my post. There seem to be a lot of fine folks on this board.

Tight Lines

Nharrier
05-01-2007, 08:02 PM
I was at LRO last week and I bought a BIIX 9' 5wt, w/ graphite reel seat. Daniel helped me match it with a Bauer ZM1 reel and SA GPX WF line. The reel is heavier than others but it balances this rod beautifully to the point that the rod length does not add "weight" making the setup feel very light and comfortable to fish all day. This rod makes long casts easlily (so effortless that you have to control your power stroke) and delicately. Up close, casts are done delicately and roll casts (not as easy with other "similarly" designed rods) are a dream. Accuracy is unsurpassed by any other rod (other than another Winston). The nice thing about this rod is under no wind or against the wind the fly can be delivered accurately and delicately. While at LRO I cast other rods and this is the only one that could perform (using the same GPX line). I even compared it to a Winston LT 6wt and the BIIX was better. The rod can handle dry, nymph, or streamer flies (it doesn't seem to "know" the diference).

Your casting "style" may be different and you may like another rod. The purchase was a stretch for me but as others have said a Winston hold its value and I do not expect to replace/sell this rod. All that said I cannot say that the rod caught more fish for me. It does add to the experience of fishing the beautiful streams in the Smokies. (See Byron's previous post or report on the cost and process of selecting a rod). Enjoy making the decision!