Winston BIII-SX 6 Weight Has Arrived

boronIII-SX-4

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.

My new 9′ 6″ 6wt BIIX-SX is going to come in handy both on this side of the state for fishing in the Sound and east of the Cascades on the windy days on the Yakima River.

A review will be coming once I get out to cast it.

Fewer Fly Boxes – An Exercise in Simplification

Plano Box

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.

I built up my fly collection that way, but at cost of too much duplication of the same or nearly the same fly. And then there are the small boxes of assorted nymphs; dry flies; small streamers; larger boxes of streamers; and now I’m beginning a collection of flies for sea-run cutthroat trout.

It’s become almost too difficult to know how many flies I have or where they are. And that doesn’t include the twenty or thirty dollars (or more) every time I need a new fly box for storage.

I read a post on Deneki Outdoors about the use of Plano boxes. These translucent plastic boxes act as fly warehouses; the idea being that you keep all your flies in the Plano boxes and then pull the flies you need for a particular day on the river and put them into a smaller fly box. At the end of the day or trip, you put them back.

Deneki recommended buying a couple for different types of flies. I’m starting with two and see how it goes. If nothing else, it should make maintaining an inventory a good deal easier than sorting through 10 boxes of flies.

And the Plano boxes are a good deal. I picked up two for around $13.00 on Amazon. You can get them here.

I’ll report back later on my efforts.

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 are heavy as tanks.

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.

The number of rods used was relatively small – based on the preferences and use by their staff and customers. But the results were interesting with the winner being the Winston BIII-SX. While i’ve not yet cast the BIII=SX, I do own the second place finisher the Winston BIIIX. The Scott S4 came in third, followed by the Sage One.

Complete results can be found at the following link:

6 Wt Shootout Results