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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 10-19-2009, 08:14 PM Thread Starter
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Winston BIIX 14' 8/9 Info Wanted

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I would like to hear some reports from others about the Winston BIIX 14' 8/9 Spey Rod. Is this a rod with a super fast action (similar to some T&T models) or is it a medium fast action? I know that that is very subjective to the individual, but I would like to hear your opinions. I plan to fish in northern Quebec for Atlantic salmon and my longest cast might be 90 to 100 feet.
My present rod is a Scott A2 13' 8 weight. This is a great rod, but I was thinking of getting a 4 piece rod for travel reasons.
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I own the Winston BIIx 14ft. 8/9 and have used it for winter steelheading for several years. It is not at all like a T&T rod of similar length and line weight in my opinion. It does not like the caster to try and force it, instead it wants to do all the work for you. If you match it with a line in the recommended grain window and let the rod work it will throw your 80 to 100 foot casts all day without a problem.

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I completely agree with Halcyon, the B2x 14' 8/9 is a completely different rod than the similiar sized T&T rods. I think of the B2x 14' 8/9 as more of an 8 wt rod with medium fast action. The rod likes a smooth acceleration in the casting stroke. If you over power the rod it will not respond well. Cast it slow and smooth and feel the load building in the rod. Then stop and release the energy to make the cast.

This rod is my go to rod and matched with a good line, 80-100 ft casts all day are not a problem. This is also one of the lightest weight rod in it class. It is a pleasure to cast, swing and carry all day.

As for lines, I like the scandi lines and short head lines on this rod. SA short head in 8 wt work well as does the Delta 8/9. The rod will aslo cast skagit heads well. Floater and sink tips are all capable with this rod.

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Thanks Halcyon and Akcaster for your good advice.

I plan to use the rod with a floating line for most of my salmon fishing. Presently, I am using the RIO MidSpey 8/9 and it works great with my Scott A2 13' 8 weight. It seems as though the line would be just right for the Winston 14' BIIX 8/9.
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The Rio mid spey 8/9 should be a good fit for the rod. If the head is more than you can comfortably cast, simply pull some if the head inside the rod and find the point that is comfortable for you.

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I have found the Airflo NW Skagit of 530 grains with a 14-15ft tip of 120 to 130 grains to be an excellent match for the this rod.

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