Winston AIR Salt Fly Rod // Grand Slam Saltwater Outfit
This is one our team's favorite setups. If you prefer Winston for your trout rods, their saltwater rods will exceed expectations. Winston touch and power, combined with the sleek stopping performance of Hatch Outdoor Gen2 Finatic Fly Reels. We'll size the reel to properly fit the rod, please see the notes by the reel as its listed in the package manifest. We have found the AIR SALT to combine raw power with a crisp lightweight touch.
Winston AIR Salt Grand Slam Package Includes:
- Winston AIR SALTWATER Fly Rod
- Hatch Finatic Gen2 7 Plus Fly Reel (6-8 weights) (please advise us on your preferred color and arbor size in the order comments - setup left hand retrieve unless otherwise specified. If no requests are submitted, our team will choose color and arbor size)
- Hatch Finatic Gen2 9 Plus Fly Reel (9-12 weights (adds $150 - On these setups we use a 9 Plus Mid Arbor even up to 12 weight)
- SA Grand Slam Amplitude Smooth Tropical Floating Fly Line (if you have a preference on color, or prefer the stealth tip please advise in the order comments - we can substitute any saltwater line that you prefer)
- Backing and Fly Line Installed
- Premium Level 68# Hatch Backing Installed
- RIO Saltwater Leader
- Enter Promo Code "DEADLYDOZEN" at checkout for free deadly dozen flies - *some restrictions may apply
Recommendations for Rod Weights vs. Fish Species
690-4 - Makes a great light Bonefish rod, and a good choice if you are doubling up and looking to get a good streamer rod for trout and use it in the salt for Bonefish
790-4 - Great for Bonefish and other shallow water species, it could even handle some Snook and Tarpon up to 10 pounds if you choose to use it in the Mangroves.
890-4 - This is the all around workhorse and is right at home on the Bonefish flats or pitching baitfish patterns at small Jacks. It's the best seller and makes a fantastic "tough rod" to back up your other 8 weight. It is very durable for the weight.
990-4 - This rod get used a lot for baby Tarpon, Permit, and Barracuda. It's a nice blend that is capable of handling some poppers and big flies, but can act as a backup for your Bonefish rod if necessary.
1090-4 - This is the best seller in the Predator family for us. 10 weights need to be the most versatile rod in the boat, capable of delivering big flies to Dorado or Roosterfish, or even some large Tarpon. It also has to be able to deliver a crab pattern at moving Permit on the flats. It's very durable, trustworthy, and overall a fairly decent casting 10 weight at this price.
11 and 12 Weights - These are the transition rods where they go from nice casters to more of a fish fighting rod that will still cast. Strong casters won't have any complaints, but be aware that these rods aren't as friendly as some of the more expensive rods in this category. If you are a newbie to heavy rods, maybe request going up a line weight or using a shooting head line.