but isn't that what Glen Brackett was doing when he sold it to an absentee owner?
I think the death of Winston (my favorite rod company since I first came to Twin Bridges in 1986) seems to be a larger symptom of the passing times. I feel like a grumpy old man, and I am only 32.
Glen and his crew are great guys. When I was a 20 year old fishing hack, he'd take time to go out behind the shop with me and taught me quite a bit about both casting and fishing--despite being busy at home and with work. I was lucky enough to carry around a whole bundle of prototype rods to fish with that summer, and my folks ended up buying me a rod when I graduated from college.
I have always been grateful for guys like Glen--guys that take snot nosed suburban kids like me under their wings and show them a different way of seeing things. He's made a tremendous impact on a lot of people's lives, and has done it just by being himself.
I wish the whole crew success, and will continue to buy rods from them as my budget allows. As for Winston? Well, I think those rods started to go downhill about the time they started putting boron in them. Give me an old IM6 or a Tom Morgan favorite anyday. Probably have to go out and horde them now, I really doubt we'll ever see those soft-tipped, slow action rods on the market again.