Whether you’re a casual angler or a diehard fly fishermen, joining an organization like Trout Unlimited means giving back to a great cause and protecting, preserving and restoring cold water habitat for generations to come. At $35 a year for membership, it’s very affordable and every little bit helps. However, you can become a lifetime member now no matter your age for $1,200 and earn a special gift as a thanks from TU, Winston and Lamson.
This deal to become a lifetime member sounds good in that not only are your dollars making a difference for cold water fishers for years to come, but if you think about, if you are 30 years old now and you make it to 65 years, you just paid for your membership and all the years beyond 65 are virtually free. There’s even more to consider. Right now, before the March 31 deadline, there’s even a special offer for anglers who want to make a difference to the sport they love for life.
Trout Unlimited says to join as a life member today and they’ll send you an exclusive new fly rod and reel, the Winston Special Edition 8-foot 10-inch 5-weight Home Waters Rod paired with a Waterworks-Lamson Guru 1.5 Reel. Not a bad combo when you consider retail for the duo runs just shy of $975. So not only are you making a difference, but you get the rod and reel combo and a lifetime subscription to Trout magazine, TU wall calendars, a life member certificate suitable for framing, TU’s life member lapel pin, patch and decal to subtly communicate your exceptional support. A life member card will also be included which gets you discounts at many outlets for your next trip.
Sounds like a deal, but obviously you’ll want to know more about the rod a reel right? Sure we all want to donate money, but let’s face it, if there’s a gift we can actually use and enjoy let’s see what the combo offers. Well, in partnership with the R.L. Winston Rod Company, TU is proud to offer a very special fly rod for new TU Life Members in 2011. Winston worked hard to develop this custom graphite blank using optimized Boron IIx tapers. It’s remarkably well-balanced, effortless to cast and features Winston’s famous smooth, medium-fast progressive action…perfect for pitching small dries to high mountain trout, but versatile enough to handle big water and big subsurface patterns too. Winston even added special appointments like silver trim wraps and the TU logo engraved on the nickel silver end cap along with the words TU Life Member above the handle. It’s a rod built by expert craftsmen specifically for new TU Life Members.
No you want find the exact rod on their website, but a Winston representative says it’s a 4-piece rod that is based on tapers for the BIIx. They are calling it the Home Waters Rod. If anyone has tried the GVX model, it would be very similar in build and feel, but it is not a GVX.
How about the reel? The Waterworks-Lamson Guru 1.5 reel is a fully-machined model that is the perfect complement to the Home Waters rod. The clean design maximizes strength and minimizes weight, all while utilizing the same superior drag design as the higher-end Lamson’s. This model, the G1.5, weighs in at 4.7 ounces, is rated for line weights 3-5 and comes in an anodized finish.
So nobody is going to condemn you for joining TU during this special gift event. It’s all about making a difference for the things you love. Not only will you get the good feeling of making a difference, but should you decided to invest in the future of trout fishing, you’ll also get the feeling of setting a hook with a new rod and reel combo. What a better way to invest some of that tax return money and have a nice write off for 2011?