Back in July, R.L. Winston announced that they were going to introduce a new fast action series of rod for 2008. The series was dubbed Boron II-MX for maximum power, maximum distance, and maximum fish fighting.
Earlier in the week I found out from a friend at Mountain View Sports that they received a 5 weight and 8 weight in the shop. The first attempt to take them out for a test drive failed because no one else was around to mind the shop. On Friday, I couldn’t get back to the shop fast enough.
At first glance you can’t mistake that these are R.L. Winston rods. The finish is perfect and proudly wears the Winston green. The reel seat is a newly designed double locking all-metal seat in an anodized nickel finish. Aside from the real seat and fighting butt, the rod looks the same as the BIIx and BIIt.
And YES…they are light.
A quick wiggle in the shop and you can tell right away that Boron has made its way up the blank. Only the top 1/3 moves unless you give it a hard handshake and then it bends maybe halfway. This is more pronounced in the 8 weight than the 5 weight, but you can definitely tell they are related.
After testing the BII-MX in a 5 weight, I can understand now why Winston decided to call it MX. Loaded with Scientific Anglers GPX in a 5 weight, I took the rod out into the parking lot for a spin. I casually stripped off line from the reel and put some line into the air. Carrying 60 feet of line and shooting the rest is a breeze.
With the BII-MX you can’t overpower the rod. As much as you put into the rod, it gives back and then some. The loops were laser tight and fast. Like most fast action rods this isn’t for everyone. My favorite rod series is the Sage XP. To me the BII-MX is a lot faster [maybe TCR fast]. I’m thinking that the BII-MX is going to be a hit with the saltwater crowd. The tip is light and quick with a butt section stout enough to pull Moby Dick from the bottom or over the gunwale. If you are into fast action rods, the BII-MX is definitely one to consider.
For comparison purposes I also took the BIIx in a 5 weight for a spin. I’ve never cast a Winston until today, but have heard and read about the “Winston Action”. The BIIx seems to be loaded with it. Smooth doesn’t even begin to describe it. Cast after cast, I wanted one more and more. I’ve read that the BIIx has great range, able to work in tight and throw long when needed. Call me a believer…the BIIx ain’t no joke.
Loaded with the same line, the performance of the BIIx and BII-MX was like Dr. Bruce Banner and the Hulk. If you are looking for a well rounded fly rod, the BIIx is your rod. If making the longest cast possible and kicking the ass of any fish that you come in contact with appeals to you, the BII-MX is your weapon of choice.
I hope to take the 8 weight out for spin here in the near future. CT at Mountain View Sports mentioned that we should string up every rod in the shop…I hope he wasn’t joking. There isn’t any fishing going on anytime soon and I have time.