Friday, January 23, 2015

R.L. Winston GVX

While I'm still working on rods that folks ordered last year, there's always the need to do something fresh. For example this fine Winston rod that I've just finished. I have been wanting to do this project for some time, in this particular style. And when it comes to graphite, besides my Sage favorites, I have always had a thing for Winstons. This particular 8 1/2' 4 weight Winston GVX is one of those special rods that when the company discontinues it, you'd wish it will come back over time. Faster than the famous Wt's, the GVX stands out on it own with a silky smooth medium fast, progressive action. I've only casted this rod twice with a dt3 and wf4 line and that Winston feel is nothing you can compare it with. I actually really liked how it casted with the rio trout lt dt3 line. Nice controlled loops and great presentation. It has a very light weight too.

I wanted to have an original Winston style build but with some color accents that are not a standard. So this green beauty comes with a finely shaped handle that composes of flor grade cork and a piece of copano burl cork, wich complements the burled walnut wood spacer beautifully. A fine emerald green agate wrapped in medium green silk and low profile snake guides to complete the set. This rod is a well upgraded one compared to the factory rod that comes with larger guides, way more epoxy build up etc. I haven't weighted it but surely it's lighter.

Many of the folks that enjoy looking at my work and fishing my rods know that those perfect rods do not come easy. And many of the components I use are expensive, so to ease thing up, I am offering a stock build rod from time to time to fund new projects. Winston company offers an unconditional lifetime warranty on their blanks. And that coupled with my craftsmanship gives you a one-of-a-kind Winston rod at a very decent price.

This beauty here will be available in the UK at Alternative Tackle. Thanks for looking and your interest.


 
























4 comments:

Jay said...

Man, some rods keeps you wanting more.
The 4 weight is one line weight I love the most. A combination of delicacy and enough line weight to toss a hopper.

Love the grip (again!).

No, I don't need more 4 weights!
But want?… YEAH!

George Minculete said...

Jay, that handle is the most comfortable I know and you have to nail the proportions other wise it's not that comfy. Thanks again for your comments. They are always welcomed! Cheers :)

Jay said...

Looks almost the same as on the Loomis rod you built. And on the Sage LL :)

So building rods means no more snow?

George Minculete said...

Jay, Yes you are correct. Almost the same shape :)
I wanted to have the highest quality build rod in a very classy manner. This was my primary goal since my earliest custom graphite rods.

Snow is still up there in the mountains, so I kinda' mix up the two :) It helps refreshing and come up with rods like this :)