R.L. Winston Boron II-MX

The rods easily handle sinking lines, big flies and adverse wind conditions, yet they are responsive and lightweight

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The Boron II-MX is R.L. Winston's  latest saltwater rod series. The company says the MX stands for maximum - as in maximum power, distance and fish-fighting capability.

Available in 7- to 12-weight models, these rods are constructed with Winston's Boron II technology. They easily handle sinking lines, big flies and adverse wind conditions, yet they are responsive and lightweight, with fast actions capable of delivering long casts. The 8-weight loads quickly for precise presentations to bone-fish on the flats, while the 10-weight is an extremely powerful tool weighing just over 4 ounces. The 12-weight MX, meanwhile, is an excellent choice for tossing sinking lines to tarpon at night or for fighting marlin and sailfish. These four-piece rods feature cork fighting butts and a double-locking, nickel-anodized aluminum reel seat. The 12-weight comes with a 12-inch grip and 2½-inch fighting butt.

MSRP ranges from $685 to $735. www.winstonrods.com

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