Broken Winston 4 wght
Morning all...I have a 8'6" Boron Winston I have broken about an inch from the ferrule. Because of issues with Winstons Service Dept and my stubborness I refuse to send it back for another $200 repair. Is there anyone out there that will attempt this repair or give advice as to how I might repair myself. The break is on the top piece and about an inch from the ferrule. (I am since ever so more careful when I "throw" my beadhead woolybuggers).
Try posting over on rodbuilding.org. Lots of rod builders over there that I'm sure could help you out.
Thanks for the info. Just "returned" from registering at the site !!!
I must remember this thread when thinking 'top of the line' companies and the thought of an expensive rod, versus one I feel comfortable casting, comes up.
Interesting you wrote, "I refuse to send it back for another $200 repair." So this isn't your first repair, huh? How much have you got tied up in that rod. Maybe you should rethink your choice of rods?
Oh - hope you can get it fixed.
I took a serious pop from Winston last fall on a broken tip... $182 and to say I am disgusted is putting it nicely. Not sure the cost bothered me as much as the total lack of communication and cryptic email they did send.
Funny thing I was fishing with a Winston pro-staff member when I broke it and he assured me they would do a great job of cleaning it up for the money... They did not, but they got my money.
Winston will never be considered again... Sage has such horrible customer service lately they are also off my list. Scott is looking very good...
This reminds me of a few threads on this site in which I was chastised for my comments about 'inexpensive' rods, wherein I stated I prefered comfort, reasonable casting, reasonable quality, 'Plain Jane' cosmetics, cheap cork and reel seat over such things as: 'grade A' cork, stainless this and that, architecturally designed something, state of the art that thing, etc. I was reprimended with the old saying that, "You get what you pay for". Well, it appears that while I fish comfortably, happily and without fear of damaging my $$$s rod, there are those who truly get what they pay for - they get a 'Royal Screw'.
Oh, and from a comfort, casting, action, big fish fighting and overall functional perspective, I'll put my very inexpensive 9', 5wt rod up against anyones TOTL equivelant anytime. Actually, I have and, more often then not, it came out on top even by the other rods' owner.