Winston Boron III Plus 9′ 5-weight


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Product Description

Winston Boron III Plus   9′ 5-weight, 4-piece fly rod, case and liner

  • 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. Honestly, this is not my favorite rod from the Winston family. Right off the bat it felt heavy and “clunky” in hand. It almost feels like the rod is overbuilt, especially in the butt-section. There’s no question that this rod has a lot of power, but it doesn’t seem to be as efficient as some other fast action 5wt rods out there. I was very impressed with the accuracy in close, but had issues hitting my marks with more line out. Though it’s not my favorite rod, I think it would work out very well for someone that wants a powerful 5wt and is not overly concerned with physical weight.

    Parker Thompson (Telluride Angler)
  2. This rod had a rather nice feel to it, fairly playful in the tip but with control in short to mid distance. Feels a bit heavier in hand vs. the Air or Pure 5 wt.

    Jason Moshonas (Telluride Angler)
  3. Like all Winston rods, this stick is stunning. The Boron III Plus rods also feature a slightly more vibrant green than the new AIR rods, which sport a subtler shade of the timeless Winston color. Winston makes this 5-weight in two choices of uplocking reel seat, a burled maple or a green anodized version with a small fighting butt. I preferred the casting action of the wood version. I think the lower balance point works best with the taper of the fly rod. I cast the Rio Gold WF5F on this rod and thought it made a good pairing. The Boron III Plus 9’ 5-weight is a fine 5-weight, but a shade heavy in the hand and doesn’t have the power that its competitors possess. It is a smooth caster and an excellent choice for a trout rod. For a little more touch, check out the PURE 9’ 5-weight. For a little more power, check out the AIR 9’ 5-weight. For something in between the two, stay with the Boron III Plus.

    Richard Post (Telluride Angler)
  4. This rod feels more “tippy” than the fighting butt version, much more what I like and expect from a 9’ 5-weight labeled “fast action.” Casting with a Rio Gold, it loads evenly and casts naturally up to about 50’. The loop shape is excellent to this point, but the rod lacks that next gear to cast beyond 50’ with line speed and command. Many anglers will find this rod to fish great within this range, but others may expect more power from the company’s fastest action 5-weight. I like the Wells grip on this rod and particularly like the casting and fishing characteristics inside of 40’. Also, I would characterize the rod as medium fast rather than “fast” action. It will handle a range of lines, including the SA Amplitude Infinity for open loop nymphing.

    John Duncan (Telluride Angler)
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