There are days on the water when anything can happen. A pod of trout gulp midges mid-morning. Bright skies at noon encourage nymph rigs that get beadheads down into the deeper slots and faster runs. Afternoon clouds open streamer or terrestrial boxes. And at last light, an evening caddis or mayfly hatch lengthens the leader and lightens the tippet. Winston Freshwater AIR™ rods are truly the “Swiss Army Knife” of fly rods. Thanks to our unique progressive action and SuperSilica resin system, these extremely lightweight freshwater rods load easily yet feature faster recovery rates when special situations arise. So go ahead, grab one of everything that’s on the report and just go fishing. Freshwater AIR models let anglers breathe easy when anything can happen anywhere trout swim. 4 Piece Fly Rod Blanks.
Freshwater AIR 3wt: Great choices for small stream anglers who are primarily focused on dry flies and small nymphs. The shorter 7’6” and 8’ lengths are ideal for tight, willow choked streams, mountain creeks and smaller fish. The longer 8’6” model achieves ultimate presentations on fish that require hunched over streamside stalks, perfect drifts and the smallest insect imitations.
Freshwater AIR Fresh 4wt: These 4 weights give anglers added versatility from the breezy conditions in Chile to the quiet dimples of evening risers on the Henry’s Fork. The 8’ version specializes at anything spring creek related, the 8’6” is an extremely accurate rod on both small and bigger rivers, and the 9’ excels on bigger water when longer casts, more mending, and trailing an emerger off the back end of a dry is required.
Freshwater AIR 5wt: If an angler could only own one Winston, these 5 weight rods would be tough to beat. These models can do it all: from small flies on the light tippet, to turning over shorter leaders when flipping hoppers or smaller streamers from the bow of a drift boat. Think big fish in tight spots with the accuracy of the 8’6”, or any fish, anytime with the 9 footer.
Freshwater AIR 6wt: With plenty of feel from tip to butt, these responsive, yet extremely intuitive 6 weights can handle anything from high water salmon flies, small sink tips with streamers, and indicator rigs. The 9’ is the rod of choice when casting Chubby Chernobyl’s with a rubber leg stone dropped off the back of the hook. But fear not the 5X, as this rod has enough feel to delicately present smaller mayfly patterns when an unexpected hatch requires a lighter touch. The all-new 9’6” is ideal for larger indicator rigs, casting intermediate line or chronomids on stillwaters, or even as a light, single hand steelhead rod on smaller water.
Freshwater AIR 7wt: This new 9’6” rod is the ultimate single-hand steelhead rod. From nymphing deeper holder water, single-hand spey techniques, and large Stillwater trout like those gigantic cutthroat found in Pyramid Lake, this 9’6” 7 weight has the power needed to cover any heavy freshwater application.
Freshwater AIR 8wt: Our customers asked and we listened. There was a need for heavy salmon and steelhead rods in a single hand configuration. Fishing stripers in San Francisco or the North East? Our 9’6” 8 weight is the perfect rod off the beach.
Advanced carbon fiber combined with our SuperSilica lightweight resin system to improve toughness and durability
Classic smooth Winston Progressive Action
Incredibly accurate presentation
Boron III technology for enhanced power
Designed and Handcrafted in Twin Bridges, MT
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