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: Winston Ibis

04-15-2003, 08:36 AM
Has anyone cast the Winston Ibis? The shop described them as med-fast.


04-15-2003, 09:19 AM
No not yet... but I sure as heck like the price....

04-15-2003, 11:40 AM
Both rod(s) 'price point' appear to be going after the St. Croix line of rods. To expand the question above: has anyone cast these two side by side? Or rather, I should say, the three of them?

04-16-2003, 08:42 AM
I tried and bought the 9'5wt ibis yesterday. It is a mid flex rod with a fairly stiff butt section. It is faster than a sage rpl but not nearly aas stiff as an orvis trident tip flex. It casted smoothly and loaded easily. A beautiful rod at a great price. I will have to get used to the rod case, it does not have a sock but instead has four built-in pockets for the rod sections.

04-16-2003, 09:37 AM
Sounds like the usual action for the Winston rods... except the XTR they had..

04-16-2003, 10:18 AM
Fred -

Well I would expect you to be the first to own all three! ;)

(For others: Fred is referring to Spey rods...)

I am sure I can speak for Nobuo in that CND pricing was not intended to target any existing manufacturer. I believe Nobuo's intent is to offer the best value for highest performance possible in three model ranges. The prices range from high value ($265 1306 Expert) to exclusive performance level e.g. the Thompson Specialist 16' 7" 11wt at $715 USD.

Having cast all three I have my opinions. :D Even though CND is the only sponsor of the three I will abstain from any biased comparisons and invite people to try for themselves. Afterall people have different preferences - some like an overhand taper with light tip, others like a buggy whip. Both extremes have their merits.

What I will say is that the CND provides a unique design - traditional action with a robust tip, smooth load profile, and surprising power in high technology materials for casting ease. Classic hardware rounds out the package.

And yes, even the Custom series ( are affordable, the Specialist appropriately priced. We're really lucky that the spey industry is getting recognition from manufacturers - we have a lot more choices than we did in the past for sure!

04-16-2003, 01:52 PM
(Sorry, that came off sounding like we disagree on a lot of things. Not true).

I think the marketing strategy on these rods is loooong over due. And they're (per the two I've gotten to cast) pretty darned nice rods. Cost for many folks is a major draw back in purchasing spey equipment. It's very easy to drop well over a $1,000 for a rod, reel and a single line. Most folks can't go there (and Joan says I can't either:hehe: ); with the choices available, price points, etc., I suspect these rods will sell rather well.

And best of all, they present real alternative(s) to a specific manufacturer who 'controlled' a substantial segment of the market. A good thing!

04-16-2003, 11:17 PM
Originally posted by striblue
Sounds like the usual action for the Winston rods... except the XTR they had..

The XTR's are still around...infact, the 9' for a #8 is one of my favorite rods...will huck a line through the wind like no other.

I dont care for the 3 piecers though...very very stiff where as the 5 piecers will load up nicely!

paul yochim
05-10-2003, 01:19 PM
Speaking of Winston, their repair service is second to none. I sent a 20 year old rod for repair. Not only did they do a superb job on the repair, but they put a new grip on it.

05-10-2003, 01:26 PM
Winston has a rod in the "St. Croix price range"? Wow... sign that the apocalypse must be near... :hehe:
I'll have to try one out for fun.