Appropriately named. This rod is for the serious angler, throwing serious flies, for serious fish. The Winston Alpha+ is a rod built specifically for streamer fishing with big flies, often with either heavy tapers or sinking tips. A job not every rod was built to handle. We like the Winston Alpha+ better than most comparable rods because it is a kind natured rod for being so buff. It rebounds hard, but isn't unpleasant to load up. In fact, it's rebound will surprise you at first! You'll be shocked at how that big line and fly jump out of the rod and head down range.
Fly Line for Streamer Fishing
A purpose built fly line for streamer fishing can make or break success. A line without enough rigidity to turn over a heavily weighted fly will result in poor accuracy, tangles, frustration, and inevitably more snags thanks to a severe lack of control. Streamers can be fished on floating or sink tips lines, each unique fishery dictates which is an advantage. When in doubt, go floating.
Streamer Fishing Leaders and Tippet
Fishing for predatory fish with big meaty flies is best done with leaders and tippet that are purpose built for the job. The RIO Big Nasty family of leaders and tippet were engineered specifically for anglers casting big flies, to hopefully big fish. The stiff butt section of the leader is purpose built to provide turnover for either heavily weighted flies or wind resistant flies.
A Few of Our Favorite Streamer Flies
A new rod and reel setup should include some fresh new flies. Included in your new Bass & Streamer Outfit are a few our favorite patterns and they can play both ways. Big trout or bass, bring 'em on!
Our"Ready to Fish"Setups will ship to you with backing, fly line, and most often the leader installed. Just be sure to let us know if you reel with your right hand, otherwise we default to left hand retrieve. Do this in the order comments.
Something Out of Stock?- No problem. If you want help finding a good substitution simply hit us on Live Chat or call (509) 933-2300 and a friendly pro will include an alternative product.