Winston Air 8’6″ 3-weight


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Product Description

Winston Air 8’6″ 3-weight 4-piece fly rod, case and liner

  • ACTION: Medium Fast (relative to the Pure Series)
  • GUIDES: Hard chrome snake over-sized “Shooting Guides” with chrome nano-lite stripping guides
  • REEL SEAT: Nickel silver with burled wood insert
  • STORAGE: Premium graphite rod tube with embroidered with logo rod sock


  1. This is the finest Winston fly rod I have ever cast and the only long 3-wt that belongs in the conversation with the Scott GS 883-4. It belongs in the Air Series only in terms of core casting action: medium to medium-fast. The balance between tip and butt is exquisite, the progressive flex profile immaculate. With an SA Trout Taper or Rio Light Line, it casts perfect dry fly loops from 10’ to over 60’. There is no hinge whatsoever in the loading action. The feel transmitted to the hand of the caster is in the 100th percentile of fly rods. Once in a blue moon, I cast a rod that feels like the line was made specifically for that rod. I didn’t want to put it down.

    John Duncan (Telluride Angler)
  2. Admittedly, I’m a sucker for a long three weight. I own a few and find excuses to fish them as frequently as time allows. The AIR 8’6” 3 weight is right up there with the all-time best rods in this line weight and length. The rod feels good in the hand and has a nice feel when you waggle it, but once it’s lined up it truly comes alive and has surprising spirit and soul. Loop formation is spot on, with the AIR 8’6” 3 weight forming wonderful loops right out of the tip. Loops are flat, parallel and the rod finishes the cast expertly. This is my favorite AIR rod from Winston and its casting profile and touch remind me a lot of the PURE rods. This is a perfect technical trout dry fly rod. It doesn’t have the range that some other longer three weights possess, but this rod is beautiful, confident and very capable to 60 feet. The one thing that stands out to me about this rod and separates it from similar rods is the overall suppleness of the blank. You can really feel the length of this rod bend through the cast. It is noticeable, but not lagging. It casts confidently but doesn’t cast out of its line weight. There is just the right amount of bend in the blank and paired with the taper, you have about as close to a perfect 8’ 6” 3-weight as I’ve ever cast. This is a special rod. Both the Rio Gold and the SA Trout taper were wonderful on this rod.

    Richard Post (Telluride Angler)
  3. Being someone who fishes 3wt rods more than any other line weight, I was extremely excited to string this guy up. The excitement turned into pure joy as I began casting. This rod has amazing feel and great stability. A lot of the fishing that we do around here involves long leaders, small flies, and picky fish. This rod casts a long leader with ease and protects delicate tippet like a dream. The thing that impressed me the most was how accurate it was at distance. A lot of times if you build a 3wt rod that has the ability to bomb casts you sacrifice accuracy. Thankfully, that is far from the truth with this rod. As far as components go, Winston nailed it with these rods. I cast this rod with an SA Trout taper and thought it paired very nicely. I also wouldn’t be afraid to fish it with a Rio Gold.

    Parker Thompson (Telluride Angler)
  4. This was a fun rod to cast, with light swing weight and also good stability in hand. It felt very precise in close with quick tip recovery. This would make for a nice dry fly rod, whether on the high mountain creeks or smaller rivers.

    Jason Moshonas (Telluride Angler)
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