6. R.L. Winston TH Micro Spey 11’6” 5-weight $850.00
For those who appreciate a softer action, the R.L. Winston Micro Spey 11’6” 5-weight rod oozes soul and is overflowing with feel. It is definitely not the most powerful rod in the test, and struggled when casting directly into the wind or when trying to throw long. Of all the rods tested, the Micro Spey is the lightest rod in terms of overall weight. And one of the top three lightest in terms of swing weight, (behind the Beulah Platinum and T&T DNA). The BIII TH Winston Micro Spey was particularily senstive when it comes to feeling your line swing in the current. As always, I was impressed with Winston’s attention to detail and dedication to impeccable craftsmanship.
For anglers who are looking to be as smooth as possible while swinging their line, this softer and sensitive rod is a great choice.
Like all Winston rods, the Micro Spey blanks are finished in a beautiful emerald green with matching green wraps over TiCH finished stripper guides and chrome snake guides. Winston hand writes the serial number on each section, which is handy to know which section goes with which rod, (should you own other Winston TH micro spey rods). The serial numbers also act as alignment dots for quick and easy assembly. The anodized aluminum down-lock reel seat looks sharp and the two lock rings function well. The cork is excellent quality. The foregrip is perfect but the rear-grip is a bit on the small side. A classy aluminum rod tube and cloth bag are included.
Similar in feel to the Beulah Platinum, the Winston TH Micro Spey is the softest rod in the Shootout. Plenty of zen like feel, but it lacks the power of the Sage ONE, G. Loomis IMX PRO, and T&T DNA. The Winston Microspey felt awesome and fun to cast unless I had to cast into a hard wind. Still, a great rod for anyone who prefers a slower, softer action.