Florida Saltwater Flyfishing

Equipment Review:
The R.L. Winston BL5 Saltwater Fly Rod Series
by Kent H. Manno, Flyfishing Editor

It seems the trend this year in the rod market, as reflected by the International Fly Tackle Dealer Show, is the introduction of several premium rod series by various manufacturers. Driven by the overall success of multiple piece rods on the market, the R.L. Winston Company has introduced the BL5 series of saltwater rods. 

Combining boron fibers in the butt for lifting strength, this 5 piece saltwater rod is lightweight (boron/graphite composite) with fast action capable of generating high line speeds. Cosmetics include the trademark Winston teal finish and script graphics. The big plus here for saltwater anglers, the portability as a 5 piece rod. 

Casting this rod is a joy. The boron butt aided by the soft tip allowed this rod to almost self-load and make accurate casts. If you are considering a new saltwater rod for bonefish, stripers or tarpon, cast this rod a few times…you will not be disappointed. 

The series has six 9-foot, five-piece rods for lines from 6w through 12w…with no 11w rod. The rods carry the industry standard lifetime warranty, but with a hefty price tag of $695. For more information, contact R.L. Winston Company, 500 South Main Street, P.O. Box 411, Twin Bridges, MT. 59754. (406)684-5674…or on the WWW at: http://www.winstonrods.com/ 

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