Winston Rods Frequently Asked Questions

I've broken my rod, what do I do?
How is the new Boron III Plus different from the Boron III SX?
How will the updated Boron III X affect my casting stroke?
What are the differences between the Boron III Plus, Boron III X and Boron III LS?
How will the action of the Nexus compare with the higher performance Boron rods?
Are the Boron III TH Microspey rods switch rods?
Why do my ferrules keep coming apart?
Why are bamboo rod actions so soft?
My rod sections are stuck together, how do I get them apart?
What is the best line for my rod?
Where is my nearest Winston dealer?
How do I care for my Winston rod?

I've broken my rod, what do I do?

Visit our Service and Repair page for complete instructions on how to complete the Warranty Service Form or Non Warranty Service Form to return your rod for repair.





How is the new Boron III Plus different from the Boron III SX?

While the Plus and the SX both utilize Boron III technology, the Plus has many performance attributes over the SX in several key areas. By using different blends of graphite in association with Boron technology, we were able to achieve more efficient actions with the Plus that perform better under windy conditions while casting bigger flies and sinking lines. The Boron III Plus design creates a lighter and more responsive rod for the angler. By using these new graphite blends, we dramatically improved both the castability and power of the rod, which turns aggressive fish from heavy cover and will easily handle the added stress from oversized lines and flies. Last, but not least, our new oversized chrome shooting guides are included through the full offering of the Plus series. The new guides give anglers a true “turbo charge” that in conjunction with the power of Boron, carries and shoots line effectively, making long shots in the wind easier than ever before.





How will the updated Boron III X affect my casting stroke?

The updated Boron III X has our new “shooting guides,” which maximize the angler’s ability to control, carry and shoot line during the casting stroke. The guides are designed with an open “hoop” that prevents friction and allows an angler to manipulate the rod’s performance across a much wider range of angling situations. The new guides feature the hardest Rockwell Finish in the industry, making the guides more durable and slick, dramatically aiding in line control. The new Boron III X will improve everything from picking more line up off the water to executing longer drifts and perfect presentations.





What are the differences between the Boron III Plus, Boron III X and Boron III LS?

The Boron III Plus is our newest addition to the Boron III family of rods. The “Plus” stands for incredible line speed, extra power, and added design qualities to handle the most demanding fly fishing situations. Included in the series are three extra powerful, reinforced Jungle rods designed specifically for the demands of large powerful fish like Peacock Bass, Golden Dorado, Muskie, and Pike. Anglers looking for a powerful rod for saltwater applications, sinking lines, bigger flies, big wind and large fish can’t go wrong with our new Boron III Plus rods.


The Boron III X represents our most versatile rod series. These fast action rods are now updated with our new shooting guides which maximize the angler’s ability to control, carry and shoot line during the casting stroke. These rods are as equally at home on trout water as they are in the salt and everything in-between. They give anglers great feel and with boron technology, yet have plenty of reserve power for longer casts, bigger fish, and strong winds. If you could only own one rod, the Boron III X series is the first place to look.


The Boron III LS series is our answer to a modern, light-line series. The LS was developed with dry flies, soft presentations, and light tippets in mind. These medium-fast action rods don’t skimp on technology however, and our 3rd generation Boron/Graphite composite in the butt sections gives more line control and accuracy in windy conditions and longer casts.





How will the action of the Nexus compare with the higher performance Boron rods?

The Nexus series is an all-graphite rod series that has an all-new fast action taper, especially in the lower sections. These rods cover a broad range of fishing situations without giving up the unique, Winston action for which we are known. The all-graphite Nexus rods give anglers unmatched performance in an all-graphite series, giving anglers a premium rod with a very attractive price tag.





Are the Boron III TH Microspey rods switch rods?

While the new Microspey® rods will over-hand cast and fish through a number of single-hand applications, they were truly designed for two-handed fishing applications, and are not classified as a “switch” rod. They are a great way for an angler to extend their two-hand casting season, as well as provide a great entry point for the trout angler looking to get into the sport of two-handed fly fishing. For overhead casting we recommend lining each rod two line weights above the rod’s designated line weight. For two-hand casting, please refer to the rod’s grain window listed on our website’s Microspey page under “Specifications.”





Why do my ferrules keep coming apart?

Generally, the culprit for loose ferrules comes down to 3 different problems, usually #1 or #2 below.

  1. The section is not being tightened down effectively.
  2. The ferrules have accumulated excess dirt and grime and are preventing proper ferrule fit.
  3. The female ferrule has cracked preventing proper ferrule fit.

Regularly cleaning the ferrules with a soft cotton swab and denatured alcohol will help maintain ferrule fit for the life of your Winston rod. If you suspect the female ferrule has cracked, please return the rod to our Repair Department so we can adjust the ferrule fit.





Why are bamboo rod actions so soft?

The simple answer is the material. Modern rod designs use man-made materials such as graphite, boron and fiberglass. These materials can be manipulated to achieve a desired response from that material. Bamboo, on the other hand, is a grass that is limited by its nature. Since the natural flex of bamboo is deep and the natural recovery of bamboo is slower than graphite rods, the angler who uses a bamboo fly rod enjoys incredible line control and delicate, precise presentation of the fly.





My rod sections are stuck together, how do I get them apart?

You want to get the ferrule as cold as possible so the material can contract. If you have access to a chest freezer – put the stuck sections in for an hour or so. Or you can wrap the ferrule in ice. Once the ferrule is cold, try pulling the sections apart using rubber gloves or rubber jar openers - so your hands don’t slip and damage the guides. It can be easier to do this with two people. A slight twist at the ferrule connection will assist in releasing the taper lock of the ferrules on graphite rods. Then it is an easy pull and separate for the two sections. The exception here is bamboo. Bamboo ferrules are never twisted if you can avoid it. With your hands close together on the ferrules, pull as straight as you can. If you cannot separate the sections of a bamboo rod, give us a call and we can help with the next step.





What is the best line for my rod?

There are many great line combinations out there today, all of which will work with a Winston rod. We test many lines with our rods to ensure each rod can cast through a variety of line styles, which your Winston does wonderfully. Here are some tips to consider before choosing a fly line.

  • If you like a deeper load, choose a heavier line.
  • If you like a crisper, lighter load, choose a lighter line.
  • Consider the applications you’ll be fishing with the rod. Many lines are application specific.
  • Chat with your Winston Dealer or line manufacturer about the differences in line styles.

Since line preferences are almost completely subjective to the individual angler and lines are changing every year, we avoid making specific recommendations.





Where is my nearest Winston dealer?

Please visit our Dealer Page.





How do I care for my Winston rod?
  1. Never put your rod back in a wet or damp rod bag or tube. The finish may be damaged and you'll shorten the life of the wraps. Simply clean the rod off with a soft cloth and allow to dry.
  2. Don't try to force ferrules together; internal spigot ferrules are designed to have a ¼” gap that allows for future wear. A nice, snug fit is what you're looking for.
  3. With sleeve ferrules, rubbing a little paraffin wax on the male end can help. But apply a very sparse coat of wax. Always be sure to keep the ferrules clean of grit.
  4. When not in use, always store your rod in the tube. Almost all of the rods we repair are victims of car doors and windows.