Winston Boron IIIx Fly Rod

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  • 2016 Model. Now with friction-free Shooting Guides
  • Built with third generation Boron/Graphite composite, these fast action rods combine legendary Winston craftsmanship with maximum performance
  • Wide casting range for both long casting and up close presentation
  • Lightweight yet still powerful enough to cope with casting into the wind
  • Designed and manufactured in the United States

All Winston rods are covered by an Unconditional Lifetime Guarantee for defects and breakage.

For the 9' 4-weight and higher, we recommend pairing this rod with a half-size higher line such as Rio's Grand or Scientific Angler's GPX.

Winston Boron IIIx Fly Rod 100

The Winston Boron IIIx fly rod combines speed, smooth action and power into a fantastic overall package. It's built using the third generation of Winston's now famous Boron composite material, and combines high performance technology with traditional craftsmanship.

One of the best features of the Winston Boron IIIX fly rod is the highly responsive tip, allowing for precise presentation. Whether you need up close accuracy or a long, smooth cast, this rod can do it all. The Winston Boron 3x fly rod has a fast action, and also comes with an extra strong butt section for lifting more line.

Winston Boron 3x fly rods are available in line weights ranging from three to ten. The three-weight is perfect for small creeks, but is still capable of casting in light winds. The 10-weight is highly powerful, but still light and perfect for smaller tarpon and saltwater species.

The Winston Unconditional Lifetime Guarantee covers you, the original owner, against manufacturer's defects and breakage. You can either choose the saltwater-safe reel seat, made from feather light anodized aluminum, or the nickel silver with wood insert. The rod also comes with a graphite tube.
Drop Ship Yes
Ship Days in 3-5 days
Action Fast
Grip Type Single Handed
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Winston Boron IIIx Fly Rod Reviews

BIIIX 8' 6" 4wt Review by Mark L.
Posted on 2/14/17
Three words to describe this rod: LIGHT, LIVELY, ACCURATE! I was able to take this rod out the other day for the first time and I literally had a smile on my face the whole time. My intent for this rod is to be a dry fly rod on my local tailwaters as well as dry/dropper and light nymph rigs on the small streams. I think it will be just the ticket! The 8'6" 4wt is so light and accurate, I didn't have any problems hitting my spots and you could float the fly in with minimal effort. This is a suburb dry fly rod but the boron in the lower end gives it enough backbone to sling dry/droppers and smaller nymphs without sacrificing accuracy. If you need rod that meets similar criteria, you won't regret getting this one. Oh yeah and the Trident customer service is incredible, best in the business!!
BIIIX 9' 6wt Review by Mark L.
Posted on 1/23/17
I purchased this to be my do-it-all tailwater rod. For a 6 weight it's so very light, it has tons of power in the bottom section while having lots of feel in the tip. I have no problem throwing anything from small dries to streamers with this. Thanks Trident for all the help!!
Dry fly Review by Douglas
Posted on 11/28/16
I purchased this rod under the advisement of my local fly shop. I had never used Winston, but of course had heard of their quality. Honestly, I am glad I followed the advise of my fellow anglers and made this purchase. This rod generates line speed like a stiff rod, has the feel of a light rod, can punch through even strong winds, and helps improve casting. Honestly if you are considering this rod, stop and make the purchase.
Best Rod on Market Review by A-ROB
Posted on 11/26/16
I own Orvis, Sage and now Winston. The BIIIx is my all time favorite rod. It has a much softer action than most rods today which might make some people afraid to try it. It takes some time to get used to the cadence of the cast, but once you do it will be an eye opener. I have it in both a 9ft 5wt and 6wt. Would I throw big heavy streamers with the 5wt, no. But it does pretty much everything else, and with more class than any other rod out there. A pure pleasure to fish.
Perfect all around rod 8'6'' 5 weight Review by Colt
Posted on 6/14/16
I love this rod from winston. First of all this is the most beautiful rod I have seen recently. The other reviews stated how great the 4 weight in this length was and I have not fished that model I do enjoy my 5 weight. I got this rod to primarily throw hopper droppers and it fits this style quite well. I am most impressed how well this rod does with everything else. I can throw size 4's to 22's and this rod gives perfect presentation every time. I also have Sage One rods and the winston is a bit softer it still will develop fast line speed with feel as long as you adjust your casting stroke. This rod is a perfect versatile 5 weight and I would recommend it to beginner, intermediate or advanced casters.

Great Winston product and a rod to look at and admire the craftsmanship
Beyond My Expectations Review by Gerald
Posted on 5/13/16
I have fished my 9' 4 wt GVX with both wet and dry flies in Washington's rivers. I couldn't have been more pleased. Or, so I thought. The opportunity came to purchase an 8'6" 5wt BIIIX from Trident for a phenomenal price and the first time I had it on the water the difference in that famous Winston "feel" shone through. I love my Winston rods!
B IIIx 4 weight 8' 1/2" Review by Charles
Posted on 4/26/16
This is an incredible rod. For those who have better than average casting and control skills, this rod is pure enjoyment. Very accurate, very light, and very much a joy to cast. If you are having a difficult time trying to choose your next high end rod, be certain to call Trident and speak with Josh. They have some great programs and he will make your decision making much easier.
Dry fly Sweetey Review by Robert
Posted on 3/3/16
81/2' Elder 4weight
Cast softly but when flexed the rod becomes alive but still connected to you. No need for two rods for all dry fly stuff. Best rod I have cast to date 45years fly fishing Light physical and perceived weight Can't go back now

The Winston I have been waiting for.
Great Dry Fly Rod- 81/2 ft 4 wt (Elder) Review by John E.
Posted on 7/20/15
I am a huge fan of Winston fly rods, having owned several GVX and GVX select. This is my first Boron rod, and it casts very smoothly with great sensitivity and "backbone". It is a joy to cast. Trident made my purchase possible by allowing me to use their Trade Up program. I appreciate their pricing, shipping, customer service, and good advice. This rod is just plain fun to cast.

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Winston Boron IIIx 586-4 Cigar 8'6'' 5 Fast 2.5 $845.00
Winston Boron IIIx 586-4 Fly Rod
Winston Boron IIIx 590-4 Cigar 9' 5 Fast 2.6 $845.00
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Winston Boron IIIx 596-4 Full Wells 9'6'' 5 Fast 3.3 $845.00
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Winston Boron IIIx 690-4 Cigar 9' 6 Fast 2.8 $845.00
Winston Boron IIIx 690-4 Fly Rod
Winston Boron IIIx 696-4 Full Wells 9'6'' 6 Fast 3.4 $845.00
Winston Boron IIIx 696-4 Fly Rod
Winston Boron IIIx 790-4 Full Wells 9' 7 Fast 3.1 $845.00
Winston Boron IIIx 790-4 Fly Rod
Winston Boron IIIx 796-4 Full Wells 9'6'' 7 Fast 3.5 $845.00
Winston Boron IIIx 796-4 Fly Rod
Winston Boron IIIx 7100-4 Full Wells 10' 7 Fast 3.6 $845.00
Winston Boron IIIx 7100-4 Fly Rod
Winston Boron IIIx 890-4 Full Wells 9' 8 Fast 3.5 $845.00
Winston Boron IIIx 890-4 Fly Rod
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