Grand Slam Outdoors Group Joins Winston/Bauer

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The R.L. Winston Rod Company and Bauer Fly Reels are pleased to announce that Guy Tillotson and Tom Jindra of the Grand Slam Outdoors Group have joined the teams as Southeastern Sales Representatives.

Guy Tillotson is owner of Grand Slam Outdoors Group and has represented major tackle companies for more than 20 years throughout the South. He is knowledgeable in all aspects of retailing, consumer trends and target marketing. A former guide with global experience, Tillotson is licensed by the Coast Guard as a Master Captain and is certified as a Casting Instructor by Fly Fishers International. Tillotson served as Vice President-Conservation for FFI, and founded the Backcountry Fly Fishers of Naples, Fla.

Guy will be Sales Representative for Georgia, Florida, North Carolina and South Carolina and can be reached at or 904-347-3138.

Tom Jindra has spent decades working in fly fishing, both as a professional representative for multiple tackle companies and as a volunteer in the non-profit world. He is certified as a Master Casting Instructor by Fly Fishing International and chaired FFI’s Casting Instructor Certification Program. He also served as FFI’s president. A saltwater specialist, Jindra brings a wide range of experience to his work, having fished throughout North America and around the world.

Tom will Sales Representative for Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Texas and can be reached at or 504-810-1857.

“Not everybody gets the chance to be part of a legend, so we’re thrilled to be working with two. Winston and Bauer — you don’t get more special than that. There’s a reason everybody recognizes the phrase “Winston feel.” Winston is just that good. And nothing pairs up with a Winston rod better than a Bauer reel. Yes, two legendary companies, and Grand Slam Outdoors Group is proud to represent both.”

– Guy Tillotson, Owner, Grand Slam Outdoors Group

R.L Winston Rod Company and Bauer Fly reels welcome Guy and Tom to the team.  We are very pleased to join with these two very experienced Representatives and anglers.  With our new products and now our fresh new representation from Florida to Texas we are positioned well to work with the independent tackle shops in this important territory.  I have known Guy and Tom for nearly 20 years in the industry and couldn’t be happier that we are all working together.

– Jim Murphy, Vice President, Winston/Bauer

For more information, please contact Winston at or call 406-684-5674.

How to Replace Your Net Bag

Alright the time has finally come! Here is our step-by-step tutorial on how to properly change out or replace a net bag on a Rising Net! Luckily for you, replacing the net on a Rising Net is much more simple than having to thread and string up a wood or composite net that you typically see.

Part 1 - Removing the Old Bag :

Part 2 - Putting on the New Bag :


Removing the Old Bag:

1.) Remove the Acetal Bolt that holds together your net handle and net hoop.

2.) Pinch the bottom of the hoop together, so there is less tension on the net bag.

3.) Grab ahold of the net bag where the last loop is over the bottom on the hoop, be sure to pull on the net bag and not the loop to help stretch and pull over the bottom of the hoop.

4.) Pick a side of the hoop and work the net bag around that side slowly working a loop off the hoop until you have 3 loops loose.

5.) Once the 3 loops are loose you can work the net bag around the hoop until all the loops are removed and now the bag is off the hoop.



Putting on the New Bag:

1.) Start by threading each loop of the net on one side of the hoop, making sure you go the same direction through the loops each time.

2.) Slowly work the net around the hoop as you are threading each loop until there is 3-4 remaining not on the hoop.

3.) Pinch the bottom of the hoop together to help create less tension on your net bag and thread the remaining loops as before until you have just one remaining.

4.) The last loop is the most impotrant step and often where poeple are confused... The last loop on your new net bag must go over both ends of the your hoop and not just one like all the previous loops. To do this grab ahold of the net bag below your last loop and have it centered over the bottom of the hoop pinched together. Pull the last loop over both ends of the hoop.

5.) Insert the hoop back into the handle by matching up the logos on the handle and meassurements on the hoop in the same direction. Line up the holes and reinsert your Acetal bolt and you are ready for the water!

Power to the Angler

Power to the Angler

With the US fishing industry’s biggest trade show – ICAST – kicking off this week, there will be lots of product brands on display competing for “face time” with the retailers in attendance. And like other great trade shows, ICAST will provide a sensory extravaganza of the latest in fishing gear and outdoor recreational soft goods; much of which, as my grandfather always said, “was designed to catch fisherman, not fish!” It’s great fun walking the isles, catching up with friends and trying out the latest and greatest in new products and gear. However, even more interesting to me is trying to get a sense of what’s behind the marketing messages – rather “what’s the company brand stand for?”

It’s never been easier to get into the fishing products industry. Whether you’re interested in “manufacturing” lures, lines, rods, reels or fishing apparel, it’s relatively simple to find a source, foreign or domestic, to produce your product if setting up a manufacturing operation isn’t initially realistic. Then comes the challenge of distribution and retail placement. However, as many companies have found, the “direct-to-consumer” model offered by web-based companies efficiently leapfrogs those issues as well. So, from my perspective, the much bigger challenge new companies are having is answering the big question “what’s my brand stand for?”


Article by: Frank-Paul King

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