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Old 02-11-2006, 11:46 AM
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Winston BL5 Repair: Good Service!


My Winston BL5 10 wt just arrived home after a stint on the repair bench at Winston.

I lost the tip of this rod on a monster bluefish here in NH this summer. I lost the tip on my best day of the year. It was my best day even though I had to fish with 4/5 of a rod for much of the morning!

Anyway, Winston did a great job of replacing the tip. I did not break the tip. It slid off of my rod right before the monster blue bit through the 50 pound flouro leader that I was using. The rod tip sank to the bottom of the ocean.

Even though Winston has a policy of not replacing "lost rods" they graciously replaced the tip for free. I was impressed.

They also fixed some cracked epoxy around one of the rod ferrules. I must admit that I cracked it while trying to get 2 sections of the rod "unstuck".

I was very tough on gear this year.

FYI and a positive plug for Winston service.


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Old 02-11-2006, 02:23 PM
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The bottom of the piscatiqua seems to like winston graphite.
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Old 02-12-2006, 01:48 AM
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Mike, I had TWO broken tips on my Winston rods and had the same experience.. they fixed and send them back in one year and an other the other year...... great company and , I think they are ultimatly the best rods on the market...
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