It’s that time of year. You’ve got a couple more days to open an IRA, donate a non-working car, or simply write a check to your favorite charity to get that tax write-off you could probably use come April 15th.

While simply joining a conservation group like TU at the regular membership level is always an easy yearly donation, this year if you’ve got some extra cash burning a hole in your pocket and want to give to a great group of fishy like minded individuals — TU is offering an exclusive rod/reel combo from the R.L. Winston Rod Company and Waterworks-Lamson for any individual wanting to sign up for a lifetime membership.

TU sent the set up for Deeter and I to play around with, and while I’ve yet to actually take it on the water I have been roaming the frozen tundra that is my neighborhood, throwing a hookless fly at cats and squirrels, and can attest to cast-ability of the rod not to mention the absolutely gorgeous finish of this thing. It seems perfect for pitching delicate dries, but versatile enough to chuck meaty streamers and seems to have a very smooth medium-fast action, which I really like.

The rod is called the Winston Home Waters rod and the blank was made exclusively for TU in Twin Bridges, MT. It casts much like Winston’s classic IM6 and LT5 rod models, but offers a lighter, crisper feel due to the sleeve over ferrules, higher modulus graphite and advanced tapers. The rod only weighs three oz, and is fitted with insanely nice components like nickel silver hardware and hand-selected burled wood inserts. They also added custom silver trim wraps to the guides and etched a TU logo on the end cap. The Waterworks-Lampson Guru 1.5 reel TU has paired with the rod is a perfect fit as it only weighs 4.7 oz., is a looker and should be able handle almost any trout fishing situation you get yourself into. The rod retail value if you could purchase it is $775 and the reel is $189.

A life membership to TU is a chunk of money but, you can pay in installments. It is 100% tax deductible, and you’ll never again be bombarded by TU’s relentless mail campaign. This in turn frees up more money for what they do best — protecting and restoring our cold water fishing habitats throughout the US.

If interested click here or call 1-800-834-2419