Winston Alpha+ 9′ 5-weight


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Product Description

Winston Alpha+ 9’0″ 5-weight 4-piece fly rod, case and liner

  • ACTION: Fast
  • GUIDES: Hard chrome oversized snake ‘Shooting Guides’ with chrome nanolite stripping guides. Oversized tiptop.
  • GRIP:  Cigar
  • REEL SEAT: Nickel Silver with figured Maple insert
  • CASE and LINER: Premium graphite rod tube with embroidered logo rod sock


  1. The Alpha+ 5-weight differs from the other models in this series in that it casts like a trout rod rather than a saltwater rod.  The sweet spot on this fast action rod is 40-60 feet, ideal for streamers and long range nymphing.  At short and medium distances, the tip drives through the cast for excellent leader turnover, but the weight and bounce of the tip is not particularly desirable for dry fly fishing (with most lines….see Rio Technical Trout recommendation below).  This tip mass will be an asset to the nymphing angler, however, as the rod finishes casts with authority and will handle strike indicators and split shot with ease.  Also, for a fast action rod, the Alpha+ 5-weight throws line mends off the tip and roll casts exceptionally well.  A Rio Gold is a good line choice for nymphs and streamers because it flexes the rod deeply enough to get a nice kick out of the butt section.  Some lighter lines, such as the SA Trout Taper, feel a bit disconnected. After much experimenting, I finally landed on the Rio Technical Trout as the best all-around line for dry flies and most nymph rigs. In fact, the rod does virtually everything well with a Technical Trout and feels great in the process. This line resonates perfectly with the rod, smoothing out the bumps mentioned above and casting beautifully throughout at broad range. I would give this rod high marks, with an asterisk for being sensitive to line pairing.

    John Duncan (Telluride Angler)
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