Help with inherited steelhead rod

Fattie

Member
hi everyone, first timer here.. thanks for having me.

I inherited my grandfather's rod, and I have some questions about it.. Primarily, i want to know how sturdy of a pole it is. it doesn't have any numbers or weights written on it, just my grandfather's name and the word "steelhead" (in Grandpa's handwriting), with a sticker saying "R.L. Winston rod co. San Francisco Calif." The rod is 9 feet long, but has a huge handle.. the reel sits just over 7.5 feet from the end (not sure if that matters).
Obviously grandpa used it to fish for steelhead.. but i just don't want to land a monster steelhead, or something huge in the surf, and break my grandfather's rod.
Thanks for the help!
Fattie
 

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Fattie

Member
I should add.. the rods age is unknown.. Might be from the 50s. I googled the company and they've been around since 1929.
 

troutdude

Moderator
CRIKEY!!! R.L. Winston is known far and wide for making truly OUTSTANDING rods!!! You have inherited a fine rod! And I loves me a good fiberglass rod!

As Chromie asked about above...I'm also thinking that your gpa bought the rod blank, and wrapped the line guides himself. Or he got the rod from a local builder who put them onto the blank. And each guide appears to be "double footed", which adds strength to the rod. Which is a very good thing. Plus it's overall length could make it a good candidate for steelhead angling.

All hard to know without seeing the road in person, and checking it out. Is there a good sporting goods shop near you? If so take it and show them the rod; and see what they say.
 

BrandonBeach

Active member
Try posting a pic on this site.

Some great info about glass rods there.


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BrandonBeach

Active member
I have always associated Winston with fly rods, didn’t occur to Me that they even made casting rods.

Apologies

The glass fly rod form is still a good place to start. There is a lot of info about Winston glass on there. Seems that Winston contracted out a lot of their glass blanks.

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Fattie

Member
i don't know if he wrapped or not.. unfortunately, we always lived far away and only had brief visits.
Thanks for all the replies and help though!
 

Fattie

Member
And yeah, I'll take it to a specialty shop i guess, before i start bending it... Probably the safest thing.
 

troutdude

Moderator
No need to apologize @BrandonBeach. The Fiberglass Flyrodders site, is a great place. And someone there may be able to help.

P.S. I never knew that Winston built any blanks that weren't for fly rods, until now.
 

Chromatose

Active member
P.S. I never knew that Winston built any blanks that weren't for fly rods, until now.

TD, maybe this rod was built on a fly rod blank?
I have a few I have built. I am curious just what the OP is going to find out.

By the way. That is a very nice table you have there Fattie.
 

Casting Call

Active member
R.L. Used the very best of hardware. See the anodized reel set. RL is a pre Lamiglass area very, very lightweight. The rootbeer color rod is very sought after. Most were a chicken fat yellow. Most wetre made for Cali coast beach casting. GL let us know what you find. Tony
 

Fattie

Member
Thank you to everyone for the help. I'm disappointed to find out it's a casting rod... But I'm happy to learn more about Grandpa's gear. I'll take it to a shop, but I'm not in a rush since it's not what i want to fish with currently.
 
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