The Beulah AERO HEAD series are“modern” mid-belly Spey shooting heads. The taper is designed to optimize casting distance, yet minimize stripping associated with shorter Scandinavian style shooting heads. Beulah AERO HEADs deliver…well…arrow head shaped, high line speed loops that turn over positively at all distances.
“Modern”??? Yes, modern mid-belly. The mid-length belly line category has largely fallen out of favor with fisherman in the past decade. We believe the reason is that mid-belly lines were originally designed for rods 14’to 16’feet in length. As fly rod companies, fly shops, guides and fisherman moved to lighter, shorter rods, such as12’0” – 12’6” 6-weight and 13’0” - 13’6” 7-weight Spey rods, the longer and heavier mid-belly lines no longer matched the dynamics of rods that most anglers perferred to use for anadrouous fish. The solution in the eyes of the Beulah team was to create an updated taper that is easy to cast and fish with...a line that produces the speed and positive turn-over, and the ease of use of the popular Scandi lines. These new lines match up with the over all head-length and grain-weight required by modern Spey anglers.
“Shooting Head??? Yes, shooting head!” This was an easy decision for a variety of reasons.
1) Most two-handed fly fisherman HAVE a running line preference. Whether you prefer oval mono, round floating mono or PVC/PU coated running line from 0.019 – 0.037 the choice is yours.
2) A shooting head is much more economical. Fully integrated mid/long lines are now in the $120 $130 range. Aero Heads are roughly half of that price making it easy to build a full set of lines around your spey quiver.
3) Changing out a line? The wind kicks up, the water rises, the temperature drops…Beulah Aero Head shooting heads give the ability for a quick line change without necessity for spare spools/reels.
Similar to a Scandinavian line design the power or weight is in the back of the new Aero Head (closest to running line) coupled with a short rear taper that keeps the caster directly connected to the feel and delivery of the line. The front taper is lengthened out for distance with specific steps built into the long front taper to ensure positive turn over at all distances. There is no front loop. Aero Head lines have better flight and turn over without the bulk and weight of a front loop!
Beulah Aero Heads are designed for 9' – 12' monofilament leaders to optimally balance out a line to rod system. These line tapers have some ability for shorter floating or sinking Polyleaders coupled with slightly larger, slightly heavier flies, but Aero Heads are designed primarily for he floating line angler who enjoys fishing waking flies or wet flies near the surface of the water.