Coastal saltwater fly-fishing conditions can sometimes be brutal. Trying to fish riptides in violent surf or in strong winds while casting large flies and sinking lines can be next to impossible no matter what rod you choose.
R.L. Winston's new line of Boron XTR "extreme" rods may help improve your odds. These new rods, designed for power, not delicacy, come fast and stiff. The Boron XTRs feature stiff tips and oversized snake and stripping guides so they can easily cast sinking lines and throw heavily weighted wind-resistant flies in the worst weather.
One of the interesting innovations in the design of these rods is the use of Boron in the butt section rather than graphite. Since Boron is eight times stronger and has a higher recovery rate than graphite, it adds strength and generates line speed by keeping the rod fast. The Boron XTR series comes only in three-piece rods from 6-weight up to 12-weight. The suggested retail price for a blank is $300 and complete rods go for $595.
For more information, contact R.L. Winston Rod Company, PO Box 411, Twin Bridges, MT 59754; 406-684-5674.