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Winston BIII-SX: First Fishing Trip

My previous post on casting the Winston BIII-SX (see post here) came after my fist afternoon casting session in my backyard. Since then, I’ve had a chance to cast it more in the backyard; experimenting with different reels for balance; and got my first time with it on the water…

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Best Socks for Cold-Water Fly Fishing

One of the challenges of fly-fishing in cold water is warm feet. Standing in cold water with cold feet is uncomfortable at best and can lead to a decision to end a day of fishing early. There are many sock choices out there, but after trying a number of synthetic…

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First Casts with Winston BIII-SX

Finally, I got a nice day for a first casting session with my 9’6” 6-weight Winston BIII-SX. The rod, as the day, did not disappoint. The day was pleasant for early March – sunny and relatively warm (high 50’s) with no wind. I could have gotten out any time in…

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Winston BIII-SX 6 Weight Has Arrived

Buying a new rod is always a time for mixed emotions – excitement at the prospect of a brand new rod to learn and love; and the the hopefully temporary buyers’ remorse after having to spend money to get it. That’s particularly true with a high-end rod like a Winston….

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Fewer Fly Boxes – An Exercise in Simplification

Fly boxes are an essential element of most fly fishers’ gear. The problem is that many of us have too many of them. In my case, I have different boxes of flies for different seasons on the same river; I bought them that way in collections for a particular season….

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Abel Reels Sold

Abel Automatics was sold to the Mayfly Group LLC, a private investment firm. The sale was announced on January 2, 2013. The press release is here. Hopefully this change means we’ll finally see Abel coming out with lighter reels to balance today’s modern rods. I like their reels but they…

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6 Weight Rods for Beach Fishing

Gig Harbor Fly Shop just reported the results of their recent shootout on beach rods used for sea-run cutthroat trout. Similar to river fishing when the wind and water are bigger or when sinking lines are used, the rod weight of choice for our salty fly fishers is 6 weight….

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