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Thursday, October 9, 2014

RL Winston Company - Twin Bridges, MT a quick story about equipment. I bought a 4 piece, 5 weight travel fly rod from RL Winston a few years back because I had owned 2 piece versions in the past it would fit nicely in the Fishpond travel case my wife had given me for my birthday. I had found their rods to be reasonably priced and very dependable. As a matter of fact, over the years, I had found myself using their rods more than my Sage, Orvis, St. Croix and Scott rods. I even have a Winston 14' spey, but I haven't quite figured out how to use it well yet.
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Anyway, to the point of my post. Like any normal fool, I broke the tip section a couple of weeks ago. The specifics of the break are not important, but suffice it to say I was stupid. ALL Idaho fly fishers have done this before. So I emailed Winston, and they gave me instructions as to what to do. On a Friday I boxed up the entire rod and took it to FedEx. The next Tuesday, I received notice the rod was received. The rod with new tip was back to me by that next Friday. Hey, that's only 8 days! I fished with the rod the following Tuesday. I do not believe you would receive that kind of service from any the other fly rod companies listed above. As a matter of fact, I know first hand it is usually closer to a month. For me, that is 1/4 TH of my ENTIRE trout fishing season.

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I had actually broken one of their rods once before and had a similar experience. That particular time I was close to my annual trip from eastern WA to the Big Horn River in south central Montana. So, I decided to personally take the rod to Winston in Twin Bridges, MT. (See Below). They have a very nice, fairly small facility on the north side of town only about 30 minutes north of I-90. Go visit them on your next trip fly fishing in Montana and while you are there, you might as well spend the night and fish the Jefferson River. I did just that and had a great time. Even caught some trout.

RL Winston is a truly GREAT fly rod company with wonderful service and a very courteous and friendly staff. Try one of their rods. You will not be disappointed.

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Big Horn Rainbow - 21"


R.L. Winston Rod Company
500 South Main Street
P.O. Box 411
Twin Bridges, Montana 59754 

Business Hours:
Monday – Friday
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 

Phone: 406.684.5674
Fax: 406.684.5533

"Whether you’re fishing near Twin Bridges, Montana or just passing through, we urge you to stop by Winston and say “hello.” We offer factory tours at 11 a.m., Monday through Friday. You’ll also find a museum dedicated to the history of the company, a casting lawn if you’d like to try out a rod, plus hats, t-shirts and other accessories for sale." So says their website homepage.

Hard takes, tight lines and huge trout on your RL Winston fly rod.

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Big Horn Brown
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