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    Well not here yet but supposed to be very soon. My real passion in life is fly fishing. I love bamboo rods and vintage reels. The makers of Winston Bamboo left Winston and started Sweetgrass rods. Mine will be one of the first to come out. Their waiting list is now over two years long. I was lucky to be one of the first in line. Can't wait to show pics and to fish it!

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    Awesome do not know much about Fly fishing but a 2 year wait WOW it must be good

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    Quote Originally Posted by midstream View Post
    Well not here yet but supposed to be very soon. My real passion in life is fly fishing. I love bamboo rods and vintage reels. The makers of Winston Bamboo left Winston and started Sweetgrass rods. Mine will be one of the first to come out. Their waiting list is now over two years long. I was lucky to be one of the first in line. Can't wait to show pics and to fish it!
    That's a Glenn Brackett (sp?) rod? Should be a really nice one. I've got a few cane rods, but don't get to fish them much . Maybe this season.

    As an aside, I think it's too bad what has gone on with Winston under the current ownership. I've got a bunch of Winston rods and I wish that they wouldn't have diluted the brand so much. On the other hand, they have to stay alive, so I guess it's a necessary evil.

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    Wow, time moves on. I remember years ago when I was heavy into fly fishing and Winston was a bran new endevour! They sort of specialized in very small delicate rods in cane and had just added a graphite and a really sweet little glass rod to try an appeal to everyones budget.

    Didn't the original founder once work for another rod maker or were possibly two independant makers joining forces?

    I bet I still have my Winston catalog stashed away.

    Neat blast from the past.

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    Winston has been making bamboo rods since 1929 and was the premier builder for many years. They started making fiberglass and graphite when everyone else did and did a great job of it. Lew Stoner was an owner and maker, then they taught Merrick, he and Gary Howells passed it on to Brackett who had bought part of the company as well and made bamboo rods. They then sold to the present guy who is outsourcing and doing the corporate thing. As you say "diluting the brand" Brackett and the "Boo Boys" left and now have sweet grass. Winston still makes bamboo but it will never be the same. There was a legacy of one builder passing the skill on to the next. Now the graphite folks are making their bamboo. Not good. I figured there would be some bamboo guys in here with all the straight razor shavers. Something about that era.

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    Congrats on the Sweetgrass. I'm sure it will feel just right. I'll be fishing my first bamboo rod this spring. A little 5' 9" 3-weight (fast) that I purchased on ebay. I know it sounds small, but I fish some pretty tight streams. I got the bug like crazy. This weekend is supposed to be low 30's and sunny. That's winter stream trout weather in Minnesota.

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    Bill showed me one of his Bamboo rods and I'm still drooling.......

    I used to tie my own fiberglass and graphite flyrods. It was a lot of fun but really time consuming. I would love to do a couple more one of these days. That reminds me...... I need to get that Sage that I broke repaired......

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    Great to see some of you into fly fishing! I am a contributing writer to one of the big national fly fishing magazines. I have a story coming out in summer on a trip to Labrador I took back in August. What are your home waters?

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    Quote Originally Posted by prhomme View Post
    What are your home waters?
    We have about a hundred spring creeks in the SE corner of the state. I've fished over half of them (so far). And since they are a two hour drive from the cities it's not hard to find solitude. I also try to hit the N. shore of Superior a few times a year. So, I don't really have a "home water," besides a few small streams that must remain nameless. But now that I'm back in school and married it's getting a lot harder to find the time to make the drive.
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    I used to fish the trout streams in Missouri alot. I still get back to Bennett Springs at least once a year to fish with my sons. Trying to find a few streams in NE Ohio right now.

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