R.L Winston GVX Fly Rods Review

R.L Winston has released a new award winning rod for the 2012 season, the GVX. G=Graphite, V=Versatile and X=Fast Action.  It is an all graphite fly rod, that looks, feels, and casts like a $750 fly rod.  The surprising part about the GVX series is that Winston is only asking $495 for the entire series 3-8 weight (they’re not producing the rod in a 7 wt.)

The rods are built in the company’s factory in Twin Bridges, Montana, so if buying American is your thing, you can be proud to own this rod.  The rods are beautiful, they are the same Winston green color as you would expect from any other high end Winston rod.  The 3-6 weights are equipped with nickel-silver uplocking reel seats and maple wood inserts, and cigar grip premium corks.  The 8 weight model comes with a full wells premium cork and an aluminum reel seat, as well as a full cork fighting butt.  The blanks are rolled on the same mandrels as the boron series of rods that Winston produces, so they have the same tapers that the boron series of rods do.  The rods come in the green aluminum rod tube that we are all used to.  They spared no expense in designing these rods, however they do have that significantly better price tag.

When it comes to casting, we tested the 9 foot 4 weight and the 9 foot 6 weight.  Both of the rods were very smooth, and powerful.  More power than we had expected to be perfectly honest.  The 4 weight excelled at presenting small dries on the spring creeks, with great accuracy and was good for delicate presentations.  We had the 6 weight out on the Yellowstone fishing Salmon Fly imitations, on a windy day, and it handled the conditions and big flies very well. The 6 weight mended line very well out of the boat as well, which on a day that is blowing over 20 mph is very important.

In the end, Winston has produced a very fine fishing tool, at a reasonable price, something moderately rare in today’s high end rod market.  If you have any questions or would like to see them in person stop in or call Sweetwater Fly Shop at 406-222-9393, and we would be happy to help you out!

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