Can anyone tell me how good the cork is on a Winston spey rod. I've seen cork on some Sage fly rods that was pretty bad. I'd hate to give a premium price for a rod and have the handle fall apart. I'd also like to know if the rod is worth the high price.
[MEDIA][/MEDIA]The cork on the half dozen or so single hand and two handed Winston rods that I have owned has been excellent. Both in terms of the cork quality and the nice slim profile - lots of feel. My only beef, and it's not been a deal breaker, is that on some rods it's been a touch shorter than my preference.
Winston finishes all of their rods with only the best materials. I have a few B2X's that are still absolutely beautiful to fish and look at even though the cork is a little dirty. The cork they use awesome and some of the best I have seen. if your worried about the price, don't you wont be dissatisfied.
My opinion of their cork is sub par, great rods but the cork is or at least was very poor. When I worked at a shop we did a weekly casting clinic and would see a lot of Winstons come through(we where not a dealer) and all but a few had bad cork with a lot of filler even brand new ones. I would check one out before I bought it for the price they charge. It would not be a complete deal breaker for me but for some it might.
Not to disagree with other postings, but rather to relate my own experience with Winston: I own 11 of their rods; 2 B2X speys, 3 GVX specials (the sweetest dry fly rod I have cast), and 6 B2X's single handers. The cork has held up well after in some cases many years of abuse. While I am not an expert on cork, Winston's is the equal to the cork on a high end custom J D Wagner bamboo rod, and a whale of a lot better than the cork on even some of my more expensive "name brand" imported rods.
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