Winston Boron III Plus 9′ 5-weight (Salt)


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Product Description

Winston Boron III Plus   9′ 5-weight, 4-piece fly rod, case and liner, Saltwater Reel Seat and Fighting Butt

  • ACTION: Fast
  • GUIDES: Hard chrome over-sized snake ‘Shooting Guides’ with chrome nano-lite stripping guides
  • REEL SEAT: Choice of Nickel silver with burled wood insert or Winston Green up-locking hard anodized, all-aluminum with fighting butt
  • STORAGE: Super-light graphite rod tube embossed with company logo plus logo tech rod sock


  1. I am not typically the kind of angler that is going to seek out a 9’ 5wt rod with a fighting butt. In this case, I found the 9’ 5wt Boron III Plus (with the fighting butt) to be better than it’s counterpart without the fighting butt. To me this rod feels more like a 6wt in hand but casts very nicely for being a little heavier. The one complaint that I had with this rod was how difficult it was to load in close. This stick really wanted to have a lot of line out to engage the true soul of the rod. It was not my favorite rod in the Boron III Plus series, but to me it is a better option that the version without the fighting butt.

    Parker Thompson (Telluride Angler)
  2. This rod is functional, but, in my opinion, not lovable. Most fighting butt versions of trout rods were designed without the fighting butt. To install a butt, the rod maker must slide the whole blank further beyond the grip so the fighting butt may affix to the protruding portion. This can change the feel of the whole rod because an inch of the flexing part has disappeared below the grip. Sometimes the effect is undiscernable. In most cases, however, the difference is quite noticeable. This model feels heavier and casts less smoothly than the same rod made with the maple reel seat and no fighting butt. I found it sluggish from 0-30 feet and beyond 50 feet, where it had a hard time holding loop shape. I really only liked it from 30-45 feet.

    John Duncan (Telluride Angler)
  3. Another gorgeous fly rod, but I don’t feel like this is a saltwater class 5-weight. I liked the casting action of the version with the wood reel seat better. This version throws a slightly more open loop that I believe comes from moving the reel seat up the blank with the fighting butt. This is a good fly rod and a fine 5-weight, but Winston makes 5-weights that I prefer to this rod.

    Richard Post (Telluride Angler)
  4. This rod felt totally different than the previous 5 wt. reviewed. It lacked the smoothness or line control capabilities. Go with the other 5 wt. in this line up.

    Jason Moshonas (Telluride Angler)
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