R.L. Winston Al Wilson's Bamboo Rod 8' 2/2 #5


For sale here is a very special R.L. Winston Rod Co. bamboo rod (Morgan/Brackett era) -- 8', 2/2 for a 5 weight line. Made for Al Wilson, who played a significant role in the designing of Winston rods at the time, specifically the grips, reel seats, and wood spacers. With a background of 30 years in the furniture/cabinet making business his attention to detail and skills were among the best. We purchased this rod from Wilson's nephew in 2011. The bottom of the butt cap is inscribed, "Al Wilson 1985".

Serial #2002. The rod is in near mint+ original condition. All sections are full length and straight. Blonde cane with honey colored wraps, burgundy tipping at the winding check, ferrules, and tip-tops. Bronzed guides. The tips are numbered for convenience. Full wells grip 6 1/2" in length with only the lightest of handling marks. The top and bottom edge of the grip also have a red tint left from the red rod bag. Black aluminum down-locking reel seat with a stunning scrimshaw spacer depicting a brown trout rising to a mayfly. This was a $265 option in the 1983 Winston catalog.

The ferrules are size 13/64 with a perfect fit. The actual weight of the rod is 4.05 oz. The action is smooth and on the medium side of medium-fast. Comes with original Winston bag and tube with Twin Bridges logo. Don't miss out on this one!

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