Beulah Platinum 7132 Spey Rod
Possibly the perfect steelhead rod.
This has been one of the top sellers at The Fly Fishing Shop nine years in a row, and doesn't show any signs of going away soon. It is popular with guides, casting instuctors, keen anglers and newbies alike. Mainly because this rod can be fished confidently anywhere in the lower 48 and abroad for summer or winter Steelhead and will cross-over into Chinook territory. Beulah's proven 13'2" Platinum is not an 8 weight in 7 weight clothing, it is an extremely 'Crisp' 7-weight that loads easily with a variety of lines and casting styles. The finished rod weighs only 6.8 ounces making it easy to fish long hard days on the water chasing 'Steel'. Ridiculously light in hand this rod balances with reels as light as 8 ounces and handles reels nicely to 11 ounces. You won't have a hard time finding a place for this rod in your two-handed quiver!
Rod Weight: 7.0 ounces.
USE OF ROD: Fishing variety of lines for Steelhead, Atlantic Salmon, Chinook, Sea run Browns, and Silver Salmon.
ACTION: Slightly regressed Traditional 'Spey' action/ fast recovery
FLY LINE RECOMMENDATIONS:
Scandinavian: 450-475 grains
Skagit: 485-540 grains, we like 510-525 the best
Mid Belly: 515-575 grains
Long Belly: 515-595 grains
Platinum Spey Rod Series 13'2" 7wt. 4 PIECE
Comes with sock, tube, lifetime warranty for original owner (see warranty for conditions).
My client had forgot his fancy custom made rod in his car and didn't discover it until we were at the boat launch ten miles away. "No problem", I said, "just use one of mine." Then I slid my 7123 Beulah Platinum out of its rod/reel case, and hand it to him. Toward the end of that day he landed his largest winter steelhead, a 39.5 inch monster. Interesting the huge buck was colored but was also silvery with silver rays in its tail denoting a recent migration from the Pacific Ocean. The fish's anus was still tucked in and even though it was colored was not yet ready to spawn. Evidence suggests that this fish had spawned the previous year, then returned to saltwater, gained back its weight and returned a second time to procreate again. The battle lasted twenty five minutes. the Beulah rod had done its work, and my client hadn't missed his fancy custom rod any that day.
The video below was made to familiarize anglers with the Beulah 6126 Platinum rod, but the 7132 is constructed the same way from the same materials. The 7132 is more of an all around steelhead rod and the 6126 is designed for smaller steelhead and smaller flies. They are both very easy to cast and will make any angler look and feel better.