Good buy or bust.

Discussion in 'Fly Fishing Forum' started by NWstonefly, Aug 19, 2013.

  1. NWstonefly New Member

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    I was pondering around a garage sale last weekend when I stumbled upon a Winston rod tube. I opened it up and found a lightly used Winston vapor rod with the top section missing. The sticker price was 20 bucks but I managed to talk the owner down to ten. Now I'm wondering if it would be possible to order the top piece or did I just waste ten bucks. I've looked online and haven't been able to find any contact info for Winston.
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  2. Porter Active Member

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    I don't know...but you have the makings of a lamp ! ;)

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  3. Michael Morris Member

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    I found there contact on there website...
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  4. NWstonefly New Member

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  5. Michael Morris Member

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    np...goodluck on getting a tip.
  6. LD Active Member

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    If it is a metal tube, the tube and sock are worth more than $10. Bad thing about Winston is they are not as warranty or replacement friendly as some other companies for second owners. For original owners they are great. Good luck.
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  7. NWstonefly New Member

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    Yes it was in the metal tube with the sock and from what the original owner told me it was only used once before the tip was lost.

    Just sent an email so fingers crossed.
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  8. snarlac Member

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    A lost section of a rod isn't covered by anybody's warranty. I'm sure Winston can come up with a price to fabricate a top section that fits if you send them your rod. Probably $200 or so; not worth it imo. I'm not aware they are in the biz of underwriting garage sale material. They charge $50 for shipping/handling on warranteed rods for starters.

    I say part it out on EBAY or make it into a cat toy.
  9. Rob Ast Active Member

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    While this may technically be true I've had a lost rod tip replaced by TFO for the standard price of repair ($25). And yes, I was up front with them about having lost the tip while wiggling an un-strung rod in a bushy area while walking back to the car.
  10. jeff bandy Make my day

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    Good luck. I have a vapor spey. The fighting butt glue failed and the cork broke. They wanted $250.00 to fix it!
    F@#% that. I'll never buy or deal with them.

    Hope you have better luck.
  11. NWstonefly New Member

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    Update. I was able to get ahold of the guys at Winston and they are able to replace it for 60 bucks plus 50 shipping. Now it's just a matter of having the extra cash to do so.
  12. RogueBum Spey casting for Steelies year round

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    I love Winston rods! I would say you got a lifetime rod even if its a vapor. Get the tip and treat it well!
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  13. Josh dead in the water

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    $50 shipping for a tip section? F--king H--l. That's insane.

    No thanks Winston. You won't be getting any of my cash either.
  14. snarlac Member

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    I'd say $60 for the tip; $50 to ship which is standard for most manufacturers; is very fair. You might wanna confirm whether or not you need to send them your 3 pieces as well - I assume you will in order to make it all fit together right; this will cost you another ~$20 for postage/tube/insurance as well. You didn't think this would be free, did you?
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  15. Danielocean Steelhead Virgin

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    Small price to pay in my opinion.
  16. Steffan Brown ...

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    I still say 'Good Buy'. You're getting virtually a brand new rod for $140, tops... Not bad at all in my opinion. That's still a 60% discount.
  17. KerryS Ignored Member

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    $110 to get a new tip plus 10 bucks for the rod equals 120 bucks for a Winston Vapor. Not knowing which Vapor rod you got but this seems to be a very good deal.
  18. Jim Speaker Active Member

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    $120 buys a marginal new rod or reasonable new rod when spent well. Good job! $10 was a small, small risk to take and like someone said, worth the tube and sock.
  19. luv2fly2 Active Member

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    personally, I would not own a Winston and now after reading all the above comments, please don't send me a free one. mike w
  20. Peyton00 Active Member

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    Telling the tale of the rod that was so close to the dumpster and now landing fish and making memories is worth the investment. The grandkids will have even better storys to tell as the rod is passed down the family line.

    Good buy!:)

    now the rest of you stay away from garage sales... move along there is nothing to see here.
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