Winston Air 2 Fly Rod

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A new series from R.L. Winston, their Air 2 family is an all-around rod that you can rely on for a wide range of freshwater angling. One of the few rods that can truly do it all, the Air 2 is at home whether you’re delicately landing spinners on a flat pool, high sticking your way through every pocket you can find, or stripping streamers out of a boat. Coming in 8’6” and 9’ models that range from 3 through 6 weights, the Air 2 series allows you to choose just the right tool for the water at hand, and its fast action design with a “lighter than air feel” provides ease of casting, accuracy, and finesse that just puts a smile on your face. A high-quality fly rod with no limits, you can rely on Winston’s Air 2 whether it’s a trip to New Zealand that’s been on the books for years or just working the water on your local trout stream.



S-2000 Graphite - A unique build that sets Winston apart from the rest and a brand new taper, their Air 2 features an S-2000 graphite blank equipped with a Boron bottom section. S-2000 graphite is a new construction for Winston and is a high modulus carbon fiber material with a higher strain rate resin that works to generate efficient line speed and a quick recovery rate.  To increase lift and ensure your cast is smooth yet provides power, Winston gives their Air 2 a Boron butt section. Freshly redesigned for the first time in years, the Air 2 has a new Boron configuration that combines with the S-2000 graphite to give excellent transfer of energy and accurate casting whether the target is ten or eighty feet away. And with a classic Winston green color, the Air 2 looks as good in hand as it feels. 



Light Wire Hard Chrome ECO Slick Coating Shooting Guides  - Winston’s Air 2 features a lightweight construction with each of its component being designed to be incredibly light without sacrificing power, and the guides are no exception. With light wire hard chrome guides equipped with an ECO slick coating and unique round helix geometry, this rod shoots line freely and easily while taking accuracy to new heights. Excelling in power, distance, accuracy, and a finessful presentation, these guides help extend your cast while also increasing precision on those upclose drifts. 


Reel Seat

Uplocking Nickel Silver with Burled Wood Insert - Creating an elegant appearance with the performance to back it up, Winston’s Air 2 features a clean burled wood insert with a smooth looking and functioning uplocking nickel construction. A design that seems right in place on a fast trout stream, the burled wood insert adds a touch of style while giving all of the security you need to put the hammer down on those large browns living in that secret undercut bank.   


Rod Tube

Graphite Rod Tube with Logo Rod Sock - With their Air 2 being such a high end piece of equipment, R.L. Winston keeps quality as a priority for storage just the same. This rod comes with a graphite rod tube that stands out from the rest as well as a Winston logo rod sock. Put these two storage devices together and you’ve got beautiful protection that will hold its own whether you’re being helicoptered into a remote pond or just driving to the stream. 



As of January 2021, R.L. Winston offers an unconditional lifetime guarantee to the original owner. This warranty covers manufacturer defects as well as breakage. The original owner must register their rod online or submit a warranty card, and all the entire rod must be sent back to Winston for warranty processing.  


More Info

Rod Action: Fast

Best for: All Water, Dry Flies, Nymphing, Small Streams

Grip: Winston-designed cigar grip

Ability Level: Intermediate to Advanced (learn more)

Recommended Lines


ModelHandleLengthLine WeightColorActionWeightPrice 
Winston Air 2 9ft 6in 5wt Fly Rod (596-4)Full Wells9ft 6in5GreenFast$1,195.00
Winston Air 2 8ft 6in 3wt Fly Rod (386-4)Cigar8ft 6in3GreenFast$1,195.00
Winston Air 2 9ft 3wt Fly Rod (390-4)Cigar9ft3GreenFast$1,195.00
Winston Air 2 8ft 6in 4wt Fly Rod (486-4)Cigar8ft 6in4GreenFast$1,195.00
Winston Air 2 9ft 4wt Fly Rod (490-4)Cigar9ft4GreenFast$1,195.00
Winston Air 2 9ft 5wt Fly Rod (590-4)Cigar9ft5GreenFast$1,195.00
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