Beulah Fly Rods
By John Hazel
We are super excited about this wonderful line-up of switch rods, and after many weeks of casting them this season- that's an understatement at best. These 10.5' to 11.5' rods are little gems; something new everyone can enjoy.
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By definition, a switch rod is simply a short, ultra-light, two-handed rod capable of comfortably casting two-handed or single-hand style. There is a huge benefit in this as you can match the cast to the water type and angling methodology. For instance, I like to cast two-handed style on most large and small rivers, but many rivers are only forty or fifty feet across. The switch rod can load deep into the butt of the rod at these distances, and the caster feels the rod load and dleivers fast tight loops to the target. On the other hand, I might be casting along heavily burdened banks of dead timber and tall grass, and I can blast out a single-hand Spey cast with a forward haul and cover a 100' distance with virtually no loop behind the rod tip. The forward haul simply accelerates the cast and casts it out at rocket speed. The 10.5'-11.5' lengths still allow optimum mending and line control.
10.5' #4/5 - Trout enthusiasts- this little baby does it all on rivers: from dead drifting dry flies and nymphs, to swinging streamers, and rocket launching long casts to hard to reach eddies and mid stream currents on the Deschutes. This rod is great for 3x, 4x, or 5x tippets and fly sizes from 6-18. All lakes anglers will enjoy the extra rod length when fishing from a float tube or pontoon boat, and one can easily reach casting distances to a hundred feet plus while casting to the target rather than constantly moving and repositioning your boat. This is strictly a trout rod- not recommended for steelhead fishing. Line recommendation: Vision Compound Taper WF5F.
10.5' #5/6 - A slightly larger version of the 4/5, basically the same use with a little more punch. This might be the nymph fisherman's dream, capable of getting big, weighted flies to hard to reach spots. It is well-suited for the Alaskan trout bum who needs to cast floating and sinking tip lines for big rainbows and dollies. Line recommendation: 27' 280 grain Vision Shooting Head.
10.5' #6/7 - A spectatulcar little summer steelhead rod for small to medium size water. I like it for our Deschutes summer run for small wets and dancing skaters on the surface. Tyhis rod is a blast, feather light and capable of landing steelhead to my 30 seconds per pound ratio. Line Recommendation: 28'-29' 350 grain Vision Shooting Head.
10.5' #7/8 - This is the best all around steelhead switch rod I've cast so far, and I loved it so much that I used it in our new Spey casting video "Beyond Basic Spey Casting" (available Fall 2007). The new video will reveal what a great switch rod can do on big water. Cast it two-handed, use single-hand Spey casts, or overhead cast, and this rod will shock you with its finesse and performance. Line Recommendation: 28'-29' 380 grain Vision Shooting Head.
10.5' #8/9 - Big water, big fish, big Kudos! This rod will fish rivers from BC to the Clearwater and everything in between. Adapts well to both sinking and floating line techniques. You can lay down the law for steelhead, and it's still a feattherlight, very well balanced, switch rod. One of my favorites. Line Recommendation: 29' 420 grain Vision Shooting Head.
10.5' #9/10 - Let's talk... Tell us what you plan to do with it- maybe Kings?
Line Recommendation: 29' 520 grain Vision Shooting Head.
11.5' #6/7 - This is a tweener- has awesome steelhead potential and can adapt to some specialized trout applications, but really this is the beginning of a traditional two-handed Spey rod. Casts great with two hands but a little long for single-handed use. A perfect crisp, light steelhead rod throwing tight loops all day. Line Recommendation: 29' 380 grain Vision Shooting Head.
In addition to the versatility and outstanding performance of Beulah rods, they feature exceptional craftsmanship. The fit and finish on these rods is top notch- from the artistry in the cork to the asethetic of the finish, these rods are gorgeous. Beulah has conceived a top end rod disguised by extremely reasonable prices.
Give us a call for more information, or stop by the shop and cast one today!!
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