Winston re-opens bamboo rod shop after devastating fire
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R.L. Winston has re-opened its bamboo shop in a new facility in Twin Bridges, Montana, less than two years after its predecessor was burned down.
The old shop, housed in the original Winston Rod Company building, was destroyed on May 7, 2017, along with all rod inventory, machinery and raw materials in a fire that started in the early hours of that morning.
No-one was injured in the blaze, but property and equipment valued at more than $1m was lost. Winston described the event as ‘a great loss in history and tradition’ and immediately pledged to rebuild the operation
“We have been determined to continue our 90-year commitment to the legacy of building the most beautiful, highest-performing bamboo rods available,” said a company spokesmen. “We have worked diligently to find a new location and to replace all the unique tools and machinery.
“We thank our customers for their patience and are extremely grateful that Winston bamboo fly rods will continue to set the standard for hand-crafted bamboo fly rod perfection.”
Winston’s bamboo rod manufacture dates back to 1929 when Robert Winther and Lew Stoner began splitting bamboo cane. Stoner’s hollow-fluted rod design process went on to set numerous bamboo world distance fly casting records.