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Old 05-08-17, 10:12 AM   #1
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Default Winston Fly Rod Fire

The Winston bamboo rod building structure has burned. http://helenair.com/news/fire-destro...ign=user-share
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Old 05-08-17, 12:45 PM   #2
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One of the guys I worked with in Montana was showing me pictures of his neighbors. His neighbor is Tom Morgan. That is a blow to the entire fly fishing industry right there.
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Old 05-08-17, 12:48 PM   #3
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Old 05-08-17, 03:29 PM   #4
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that makes me wanna throw up... I did see that a newer store was blocks away. but still..
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Old 05-08-17, 07:46 PM   #5
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The value of Winston 'boo fly rods just went up....Dang it
I hate that this happened. Anybody know the approximate loss, $$ wise?
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Old 05-08-17, 08:42 PM   #6
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In a few years everyone will be talking about pre and post fire Winston's like Pre and post fire Leonards.
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Old 05-08-17, 09:15 PM   #7
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The building that housed*the original R.L. Winston Rod Company in Twin Bridges burned down early Sunday morning May 7, 2017.*The fire department was called at*3:30 a.m., and the building was totally*engulfed when*emergency crews*arrived. Firefighters were still cleaning up the scene at*8 a.m.
“ Winston fly rods suffered a great loss in history, tradition and the best bamboo rods on the market Sunday morning when the Winston Bamboo shop caught fire,” said Winston General Manager Jeff Wagner. *“It is suspected the fire resulted in a total loss of property and equipment, valued at over $1 million. Fortunately no one was harmed and no damage to surrounding property occurred. More than the money, for Winston, the fire feels like the passing of a family member. Countless hours through many hands have shaped the fine bamboo rods that have passed through the now charred doors. It is not surprising the emotion Winston rods is feeling, and the healing process will take time. But, as we grieve we also look to the future.
“The Winston rod company has been in business for almost 90 years. A fire will not impede that history and growth forward. Every situation has two sides. We will choose to look at the opportunity this creates and drive toward the future. Winston will be rebuilding over the coming months, we hope to be back in operation by the end of the year. It wont be easy but it is a great opportunity to reinforce this storied tradition and reinforce who we are. Getting back to our roots, and learning from even this.
“To our customers we apologize for any inconvenience. But know that by 2018 we will be back up and running. Don’t hesitate to place your orders now, knowing that the same quality with a heightened sense of place will be available again soon. We hope that you will follow us through this journey as we build the next chapter of the company’s history!”
There is a *newer R.L. Winston Rod Co. facility located several blocks away at 500 South Main St. in Twin Bridges. The new building produces all of Winston’s graphite rods and house the corporate offices.*The building that burned May 7 was used exclusively to store bamboo and to manufacture Winston’s cherished and valuable bamboo rods.


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Ouch! That's the demise of a legend for a period of time there. I think I'm gonna geaux and have a good cry for awhile after reading that.
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Oh my. First the Boo Boys leave (or get kicked out) and set up Sweetgrass down the street and now this. Horrible for the company, the employees and families, and the town.
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Very sad! Don't know what else to say.
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