YOU’RE GOING TO NEED A BIGGER NET.
Welcome to ALPHA+. A Winston rod series designed to up your game against the Alpha fish lurking in the shadows. Carnivorous trout, thrashing bass, toothy pike and musky, jungle species like peacock bass, golden dorado and arapaima, and huge saltwater species like giant trevally and Tarpon. Pure and simple, these rods are for any fish that require extra-large fishing tools no matter the water type.
With wicked fast action, ALPHA+ rods have been designed to cast aggressive rigs – including big flies, heavy lines, shooting heads and sinking tips. These rods will cast these big rigs further with minimal false casts and effort.
Built like none other. These game changing rods use unique features not found in any other series, like a designated grain window for each model to help anglers sort through the wide offering of over-weighted lines available on the market today. This helps eliminate the confusion associated with lines over-weighted by 1 or 2 line weights. Simply match a lines grain window to the appropriate Alpha model to suit your needs and fishing style
ALPHA+ rods are extra reinforced in the ferrule for ultimate lifting power, to turn fish away from heavy cover, and support all-day casting with big flies and fly lines.
160-200 grain lines: Our fastest 9’ 5 weight, this rod is capable of turning over large dry-dropper rigs, trout sized streamers, and larger indicator rigs. Doubles as an excellent boat rod for it’s ability to handle heavier headed fly lines when the wind kicks up and faster recovery rate is needed to effectively cover water.
200-240 grain lines: This rod was designed for meat eating trout and bass: think mice patterns in Kamchatka, full sink tips and double articulated bugs on the Yellowstone, fast pocket water in Patagonia, and poppers and divers in the mid-west. Also a great a choice for smaller Jungle species like piranha, payara, and others. If you’re a streamer junkie and searching for you next big bug stick, look no further than the ALPHA+ 6.
240-280 grain lines: You might call them bucketmouths, keggers, and donkeys. If you understand these designations, you’re a big-bass angler. The ALPHA+ 7 has been designed to shoot the biggest bass bugs with over-sized lines into the thickest cover, and turn these lunkers back to the boat.
- Highest performance boron/graphite composite materials
- Exceptionally powerful, capable of generating high line speeds
- Designed to cast big flies, heavy lines, shooting heads and sinking tips
- Extra reinforced ferrules for ultimate lifting power
- Designated grain windows for each rod model
- Designed and Handcrafted in Twin Bridges, MT
Winston’s new Alpha+ series is designed for the largest fish on earth. The rod’s extra-fast action helps deliver big flies and fight large fish. A fast-action tip and insanely strong butt section contribute to the rod’s ability to both propel large flies through heavy wind and lift big fish from their murky lies. The Alpha+ encourages incredible line speed and easy distance casting without carrying a lot of line in the air. These rods are beastly and, as Winston says, you’re going to need a bigger net.
Boron/Graphite Composite Materials - Winston’s use of Boron has revolutionized fly rod strength and lightweight rod design. Boron is 5x stronger than steel, 2x stiffer than steel, and 25% stronger than other graphite rods. Boron also has increased impact resistance and overall rod stability. Boron blanks have smoother energy transfer, increased hook setting power, and improved casting accuracy. The Alpha+ Series is a blend of high-performance boron and composite materials to create a technical super-fast action rod blank.
Chrome Nanolite Stripping Guide - A chrome-plated nanolite stripping guide keeps the Alpha+ lightweight and allows any fly line to move through the rod effectively. The chrome nanolite guide holds up well to saltwater abuse.
Hard Chrome Over-Sized Snake Guides - These oversized snake guides improve the castability and accuracy of the Alpha+ without adding unnecessary weight to the rod. They’re also saltwater safe and accommodate the largest saltwater fly lines.
Anodized Aluminum w/Double Uplocking Components - The reel seat on the Alpha+ is made with durable anodized aluminum that sheds saltwater and resists corrosion. The double uplocking component anchors larger saltwater reels for improved performance. The Alpha+ also has a high-quality cork grip with a durable fighting butt for optimal fish-fighting power.
Premium Graphite Rod Tube - Winston’s classic green graphite rod tube matches the blank color of the Alpha+. These tubes hold up well in all conditions and protect the rod during travel and transportation. The Alpha+ also comes with a signature plus logo tech rod sock with an embroidered Winston logo.
Winston Unconditional Lifetime Guarantee - As of June 2019, Winston’s original owner guarantee covers every new Winston Boron/Graphite and Graphite fly rod against breakage or manufacturer defects. The rod owner must register the rod via a warranty card or online. For all warranty work, the entire rod must be returned to Winston.
Rod Action: Fast
Best for: Saltwater, Flats
Grip (5wt - 6wt): Cigar
Grip (7wt - 12wt): Full Wells w/Fighting Butt
Ability Level: Advanced - Expert (learn more)