Winston Air 9′ 6-weight


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SKU: 3AIR0609004C
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Product Description

Winston Air 9′ 6-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. In my hands, this rod feels more cohesive than the 9’ 4-weight or 9’ 5-weight. The casting stroke is more intuitive and line speed comes more naturally. It is highly sensitive to fly line pairing, however. The Winston Energy and other long-headed trout lines cast sluggishly. The rod simply lacks command to throw a Rio Grand or SA Distance Taper with line speed and agility. Shorter headed lines perform much better. For example, the Rio Perception brings the rod to life without overflexing the tip and mid-section, which tends to happen with Rio Outbound tapers. The SA Amplitude Smooth Trout Taper is an outstanding choice, as well. With the right line, the Air 9’ 6-weight is highly versatile for nymphs, larger dry flies and smaller streamers.

    John Duncan (Telluride Angler)
  2. The 9 foot #6 is a very similar rod to the 9 foot 5-weight AIR. I liked a slightly heavier line on this rod as well, and felt that the rod performed nicely with that style line. This is a great nymph/indicator rod that throws a very practical fisherman’s loop. Easy, repeatable and casual on the caster. I would not call this a fast action 6-weight, or one that is particularly suited to streamers. This is a trout rod, and I think you’ll enjoy it fishing it dry/dropper in the summer out of a drift boat. This model is better than the 9 foot #4 and close to the 9 foot #5, but the 9 foot 5-weight AIR is my favorite of the 9 footers in this series.

    Richard Post (Telluride Angler)
  3. This rod just didn’t have the attributes I’d be looking for in a 6 wt. Not enough backbone for throwing streamers and heavier nymph rigs.

    Jason Moshonas (Telluride Angler)
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