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:
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.