Winston Air Fly Rods

The Air Series are intriguing fly rods. Winston describes them as “fast action.” In our hands, the overall action is not much “faster” than the Pure Series, but completely unique in how the rod parts relate to each other. Whereas Pure Series rods have evenly balanced parts, Air Series rods have extremely light tips and tip-mid sections with much stronger butt sections. For this reason, the “fast action” feel only kicks in when you reach the butt section in the flex profile. Air Series rods are capable of casting much farther than equivalent Pure models. Also, the stout butt sections handle awkward nymph and streamer rigs with more authority, while still mending line nicely off the light tips. When considering dry flies, we prefer the even flexing Pure Series, except when going for distance.