Annette Mclean Promoted to Vice President of Operations & Rod Design at Winston


From Winston:

The R.L. Winston Rod Company is delighted to announce that Annette McLean has been promoted to Vice President of Operations and Rod Design.

As a 25-year veteran of the Winston Rod Co., McLean has supervised every stage of the rod manufacturing and design process. She has overseen all rod production departments at Winston including boron and graphite rod building, reel seat production and bamboo rod building. In addition, Annette now oversees  all aspects of Winston’s new rod design initiatives utilizing Boron III.  As Vice President of Operations and Rod Design, McLean’s responsibilities have been expanded to include oversight of all of the aforementioned duties, including all manufacturing, design, quality control and other Winston production and internal operations.

Since 1985, McLean has been a respected leader, not only within the company, but throughout the fly fishing industry. She is an outstanding angler and fly caster, has fished from Alaska to Florida and has conducted fly casting clinics for both men and women McLean has served on the boards of the Lewis & Clark Trout Unlimited Chapter in Southwest Montana and on the International Women’s Fly Fishing Organization.

“My experience with the Winston Rod Company has allowed me to work with incredible people, said Annette McLean.  People who embody a passion for the sport of fly fishing.”. “For me, this has been an incredibly rewarding journey, as I embrace all the sport of fly fishing offers. I am humbled to be given the opportunity to continue the Winston tradition of producing the finest fly rods in the world.”

When asked about McLean’s appointment, Winston’s Chairman David Ondaatje said “It is almost impossible to describe the extent of Annette McLean’s contributions to Winston these past 25 plus years. There is almost no aspect of the company’s operations that she has not successfully managed. Every time we expand her responsibilities, she has handled the challenge enthusiastically, successfully and with professionalism. Her integrity, loyalty and work ethic have earned her enormous respect both inside and outside the company. Annette has been an integral part of Winston’s success, and together with the rest of the senior management team and the other extraordinarily dedicated employees at Winston, the company and our fly rods are ideally positioned to continue to lead the industry for the foreseeable future.”

The R.L. Winston Rod Company ( is leading manufacturer of premium fly rods sold exclusively through the best fly shops in the world. Winston rods are manufactured under the following trademarked products: Boron III, Boron III-SX, Boron IIIx, Boron IIt, Boron II-MX, GVX-Select, VSL and Passport. Winston is located in Twin Bridges, Montana and was founded in 1929.

For more information, please contact the company at [email protected].

Leslie Clark
406.684.5674 (p)
[email protected]


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