Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Stilly, Skagit, Methow, etc...
here is a skagit casters perspective
I think it makes sense, given the rest of your lineup. I'm just gonna guess that you have the 6126-3, not the z-axis. I have not cast the 1308, but my impression is that it is a pretty full flexing rod. I'm gonna venture one more guess and figure that it loads with a 510 or so compact skagit. If so, the only thing I might say about your lineup is that it's a little tight (possibly redundant?) on your power spectrum.
For slinging leeches, I see:
6126-3 compact 480 + 100-120gr tip
1308 compact 510 + 120- 140gr tip (could be wrong here)
MKS compact 540/570 + 140- 180gr tip
These are all low or whole flex rods, though, which don't respond to a punctuated stroke. The winston doesn't mind a punctuated stroke, but at lower loads, like 420-450 belly weight. I'll get flack for this, and that is ok, but the Winston's tip lays down with a genuine cork-creakin' skagit load on it. Ain't my cup of tea. Your other rods have stronger tips or a smoother taper and probably feel great. So, I don't think the Winston makes a good skagit rod, but you need something with a faster butt section just for variety of experience, and perhaps to maximize your feel of scandi/shorthead line systems. (I think it's a great rod for that.)
Last edited by Trevor; 07-24-2010 at 02:18 AM.
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