Winston Biix 11' 7wt Switch Rod


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Anyone have experience with the subject Winston switch rod? Any negatives? I'm thinking of picking up a used one.

Opinions welcome.



In search of Meat Madness
No doubt about it the winston b2x is definetely sweet rod. What do you plan on doing with it? Swinging, nymphing, both? For a really nymph rig I prefer my z-axis 7wt switch because it has a little more backbone. The winston is more sensitive but you sacrifice a little power(in comparison). If the deal is good you won't be dissapointed. The Rio switch line is a great dual purpose line for either rod. Good Luck and make sure to get a big enough reel to balance the rod and hold alot of line.


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Hey, thanks for the feedback. I plan to do both (swinging, nymphing). My 9' aren't getting it done for me so I thought I would go to a "switch"to get the benefit of being able to spey cast and the longer rod length. I can get the Winston for$300. I looked at Sage but didn't find any sweet deals. I like your comment about sensitivity and would lean that way based on the comparison. I plan on using my Abel Super 9.
Just be aware that a second hand Winston has no warranty. The cost to repair the rod, in my client's case, was $250.

An 11', 7 wt. Switch is a great rod. I would look at other options.


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that's why I like Sage (own about ten of them). They've always honored non-warranty repairs for a reasonable fee. Customer service can't be beat.

Jeremy Floyd

fly fishing my way through life
It was a very soft feeling rod to me when I first picked one up and started casting it, but it is very poweful once you get the feel for it.


Anywhere ~ Anytime
The BIIx 1107 was one of the very first production switch rods and line class rated as single hand. In spey speak it's more of a 5 or 6wt.

Great little rod, literally light as a feather, around 4 5/8 ounce.. one of the few switch rods that can be comfortable fishing single hand overhead more than a few minutes. Plenty of power in butt of the blank, enough to handle double diget fish as long as the water isn't real heavy.

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