I already have two of these rods so I'm not interested in this one but to anyone who is, this is the perfect rod. I bought my first one right when they first came out and back then nobody really knew what to do with it. It was sort of considered a gimmick rod and nobody, including Winston, even knew what line to put on it to really use it as a two hander. Now we know. With a 390 or 420gn Airflo Rage line for summer fishing and a 450 or 480gn Airflo Skagit Switch line for winter with tips (T-8, T-11, T-14 all cast beautifully) this rod will cast 100' just as well as any other and it's lighter, easier to fish and MUCH more fun to play fish on than the bigger ones. With over 20 two handers (man, that sounds unhealthy when I say it out loud) I would say, and have said this for years, that if I could only have one rod it would be the Winston 11' 7wt. BIIx. It's really an amazingly sweet rod that truly does do it all. Go catch a fish on one of these and then catch one on a 13 or 14 foot 7 or 8wt. and you'll be a convert too. Something crazy has happened in steelhead fishing in the last ten years or so.... everyone used to use a 9' 6-8wt. single hander for these fish and now the majority uses these massive rods that in single hand terms would be a 10 or 12 wt.! In my opinion most people are out there using a tarpon rod to catch steelhead... it's like trout fishing with a fast graphite 7 or 8wt. Do yourself a favor and buy this rod. You'll love it.
Last edited by watersmeet; 02-13-2012 at 03:26 PM.