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Beulah Switch Rod -10’6” 6/7  4-piece
Put More Fun and Versatility into your quiver for this summers Steelhead season!

Beulah is a comparatively new line of rods coming out of Southern Oregon. They first appeared at the Sandy River Spey Clave in 2007. We started getting requests for them shortly after the event. Their popularity has been building ever since. Like most companies, they offer both single-hand, two-hand rods and "Switch Rods". Switch rods are designed to be cast either with one hand or both hands. Beulah makes a full range of Switch Rod models from 4/5-weight to 10/11-weight. All are 10 1/2' long. The Switch 6/7 is first stick in Beulah’s line-up that can be considered an everyday summer steelhead rod, but can also serve as a trout rod. Progressive in nature, the rod is strong enough to cast for distance and handle windy conditions, yet delicate enough to make the short, ten cast buckets much more enjoyable to fish. This is a short two hander that naturally makes small energized “D” loops. Tough casting situations are when this rod really comes alive. Imagine solving common casting problems such as: two steps in the water with a steep boulder strewn bank, line catching overhead tree branches and other common obstructions call for no changes in style or technique with the Switch 6/7.

Two steps out deep wading with a steep rocky bank and a normal D-loop not a problem.


Deep wade with a "line catching tree obstruction" and a normal D-loop not a problem.

The versatility comes about because the Switch 6/7 covers a variety of species and fishing situations. Of course we’re talking steelhead but the Switch 6/7 is an incredibly diverse fishing tool. Smaller streams to large river trout fishing, fishing lakes from a float tube, Small Mouth Bass, Large Mouth Bass, Grayling, Silver Salmon and Steelhead. Any fish from a pound to twelve-pounds will put a good bend in this rod and smiles on many fishermen’s faces. Even the occasional trout that forgets you’re Steelhead fishing will be appreciated by the wiggling the Beulah Switch 6/7. Nymph it, Swing it, Overhead cast it, just match the correct line for the job and get to it!

This Sea Run Cutthroat forgot we were Steelhead Fishing, still good fun on a Switch 6/7.


This steelhead did not forget we were Steelhead fishing! Skater and a 6/7 super fun.

Tech: Setting up your Switch 10’6” 6/7 to maximize performance!
Scandinavian Shooting Heads:
We recommend a line for summer steelhead fishing that is roughly 2.5 x rod length and a leader that is 1.5 x rod length. The grain window for this rod/line combination will fall between 350-450 grains including your Poly Leader or sink tip of choice. For Example, Beulah Elixir Shooting head for the Switch 6/7 starts 28’ and 335 grains. Add a 10’ Airflo Salmon/Steelhead Poly Leader or Rio VersiLeader, floating through fastest sinking option. These leaders will range from 35-95 grains, giving you a ready to fish system that falls between 370-430 grains. This will cover all of your down and across presentation situations from full floating lines to moderately weighted size #1/0 flies sunk deep in the water column. 

Recommended Line List: Beulah Elixir 335, Rio AFS Outbound 6/7 F 400 grain (dry line standard 9’ tapered leader, can be cut back to accept full range of Poly leaders or up to 95 grain max. Rio T8 tips).
Skagit
Shooting Heads: Just a hair over 2 x rod length will be the ticket for getting the groceries to the fish. These lines will excel casting moderate to heavy sink tips, large heavily weighted steelhead flies and large streamers when getting down and getting down quickly is essential to success. Sink Tips from 6-12’ and 80-120 grains will amaze with a properly chosen Skagit line/tip system.
Recommended Line List: Beulah Tonic 320, Scientific Anglers Skagit Spey Single Hand ST-6 (320 grains @ 22’, those who prefer a deeper rod load might look at the ST-7 360 @23’)
Specialty Line Tapers: These are recommendations for fly fisher’s who want a line more specific to overhead casting (single or two-hand), nymph fishing, and some Spey ability.
Recommended Line List: Rio Outbound 7 weight: 37.5’ Head makes a great overhead shooting line and close in control nymph line. Rio Steelhead/Atlantic Salmon 7 weight: 59’ head makes a terrific nymph line to run out long drifts with control. This is also an excellent overhead line for maximum distance casting. Try this line in an 8 weight if your style is turning over nymphs that make spark plugs seem light! Scientific Anglers Mastery Steelhead line 9 weight: This line is a long time classic of Scientific Anglers and maybe does not belong in the specialty line category, but this is another excellent choice for general overhead casting situations, nymph fishing and is probably the best of the bunch for cross-over Spey ability.

SR1066/7-4

Length: 10' 6"    Line: #6/7     Pieces: 4

Trophy trout, Sea-runs, lighter Summer Steelhead rod. Has excellent spey fishing ability, and can throw Clouser's overhead beach fishing. This rod has a fuller flex, is excellent for roll and spey casting and moves a lot of line overhead casting with only a few false casts. Nymphing for Winter Steelhead on really small coastal streams good as well.

Item Series Line Wt. Action Handle Price To Top
SR1066/7-4 Switch 6/7 Fast Standard $390


Deschutes Guide Log: The last ten days, 08/25 - 09/03
Sometimes steelhead are real easy and then river conditions change and they get very difficult. That is the way it was for our last (10) day fishing period at Mark's jet boat camp. The first few days they were comparatively easy, then White River played her dirty tricks and changed the color of the Deschutes and the fish shut down. Everybody kept their sense of humor and every angler got steelhead, but there were some periods that drew blanks. The Deschutes was clearing as we disassembled camp to come home. Meanwhile Josh Linn guided the Deschutes River top to bottom, doing multiple camp trips for trout and steelhead. His clients were very successful landing fish almost every day. Last Thursday he made a good choice and fished above town for steelhead and lucked out in more ways than one. That was the day White River went out, they hooked 3 steelhead in the clear water upstream from the glacial silt. Trout fishing from Warm Springs to Maupin provided good dry fly fishing in the evenings. The answer: caddis caddis caddis!
Doug Robertson scores 08/26.
Doug Robertson scores 08/26.
Guide: Mark Bachmann

Fly du Jour scores for Jim Harlow 08/27.
Fly du Jour scores for Jim Harlow 08/27.
Guide: Mark Bachmann

Jim Harlow's second fish of the evening 08/29.
Jim Harlow's second fish of the evening 08/29.
Guide: Mark Bachmann
A light plane gets bent-up landing at airport hole.
A light plane gets bent-up landing at airport hole.
Photo: Mark Bachmann
Joe Schlepski 08/29
Joe Schlepski 08/29
Guide: Josh Linn
Harry Gayden 08/29
Harry Gayden 08/29
Guide: Josh Linn
Josh Linn 08/30
Josh Linn 08/30
Photo: Marcy Stone
Evidence of trauma caused by a treble hook 08/30.
Evidence of trauma caused by a treble hook 08/30.
Guide: Josh Linn
Ryan Bennett 09/01
Ryan Bennett 09/01
Guide: Josh Linn
This Redside ate a dry caddis fly 09/01
This Redside ate a dry caddis fly 09/01
Guide: Josh Linn
Going into White Horse Rapids 09/02
Going into White Horse Rapids 09/02
Guide: Josh Linn
Coming out of  White Horse Rapids 09/02
Coming out of  White Horse Rapids 09/02
Guide: Josh Linn
A herd of mule deer inspects camp 09/01.
A herd of mule deer inspects camp 09/01.
Photo: Mark Bachmann

Bob Byles overcomes White River silt 09/02.
Bob Byles overcomes White River silt 09/02.
Guide: Mark Bachmann


The following article appeared in the Oregonian August 27th: Earth Watch
"Wild Salmon Rebound"
" Scientists and fishermen alike are startled and delighted by a resurgence of wild Atlantic salmon this summer from Labrador to the coast of Maine. People are talking about runs they haven't seen for a decade or more, Gerald Chaput, a biologist with Canada's Fisheries Department told The Canadian Press. While no one can say why more young salmon, grilse, are returning to spawn in the region's rivers, one fisheries expert says warmer ocean
temperatures, successful hook and release programs and fishing restrictions could be factors. About 70 monitoring sites have reported some of the best returns of grilse in many years, but sightings of older salmon have not increased. However, experts say that the survival and return of young salmon this summer probably means that larger fish will arrive to spawn next year."

Waking Tube Flies
One of the reasons that fly fishing for Redband Steelhead is so popular is that they actively rise to the surface for flies.  There is probably no other fresh water fly fishing experience that is more exciting than watching a large steelhead coming to the surface of a river for a waking fly.  In the past waking flies were tied on standard hooks.  Either a special knot was applied to the fly or the fly was dressed in a special way so that it would skate across the surface.  Now flies are tied on special plastic tubes which have a hole in the underside to feed the leader through.  This will make the fly seek the surface as long as it is under tension against the current.  Often a waking tube fly is used in conjunction with a wet fly trailer.  An easy way to accomplish this is to feed both the tippet and the dropper through the hole in the bottom of the tube fly waking fly.  Tie the hook on the dropper and pull it up into the waking fly.  Tie the wet fly on the tippet.  A space of 24" to 32" between the flies is most popular.

"Deschutes Standard" Tube Fly, Caddis Waker
Hatches of giant late fall caddis can get steelhead to start looking up.  This pattern is easy to cast and will wake in nearly every situation.  Try casting straight across the current and with a minimum amount of line mending, let the fly speed up as it swings across the surface down stream from your position.  Strikes are often explosive.
A #4, TMC 105 hook is supplied with each fly.
Replacement TMC 105 hooks.
Daiichi X452 hooks. 
Item Description Size Price To Top
RT005 Deschutes Standard Tube Fly, Caddis Waker 1 1/4" #4 3 for $5.85


Deschutes Standard Tube, Conrad Waker
A proven pattern that will wake in nearly any kind of flow speed or surface texture. This fly leaves a very narrow seamy wake and will bring up fish that are too shy to come to more boisterous patterns.  Is at its best on a smooth surface.  Cast quartering down stream and let the fly come across the surface at a steady speed.  Steelhead often sip this fly with very little disturbance.
A #4, TMC 105 hook is supplied with each fly.
Replacement TMC 105 hooks.
Daiichi X452 hooks. 
Item Description Size Price To Top
RT006 Deschutes Standard Tube Fly, Conrad Waker 1 1/4" #4 3 for $5.85


Spey to Z
Finally a DVD that connects a standard overhead cast with Spey, Scandinavian, and Skagit styles of casting.  A great DVD for anyone who wants to learn about casting two hand rods.  The instructors are Greg Person, Topher Brown, and Way Yin.  The video and sound quality are the best available on the subject of casting with a two-hand rod.  This is a great all round video for casters of any skill level.  One hour plus.
Sample Video Clips:  Scandinavian Shooting Heads     Perry Poke
Here is what Dr. Way Yin says about this video DVD on: Spey Pages:

"Topher Browne, Greg Pearson, and I are pleased to introduce a new instructional casting DVD: “Spey to Z: Understanding Traditional, Scandinavian & Skagit Style Spey Casting with a Single and Double-Handed Rod.”

Topher conceived and organized the project nearly two years ago as a unified presentation of all the major Spey casting styles. The DVD itself has been in the works for more than 18 months, and we spent nearly a year working out the script and teaching points in order to take maximum advantage of the unique capabilities of the DVD format.

From a teaching standpoint we wanted to convey that all fly casting, including Spey casting, is governed by the same fundamental principles. Differences between the three primary styles of Spey casting (Traditional, Scandinavian, and Skagit) simply reflect the adaptation of mechanics to suit specific equipment, which, in turn, reflect specific fishing applications. Because Topher, Greg, and I really enjoy fishing with single-handed rods, we placed single-handed Spey casting up front and center; our goal is to make the transition from a single-handed rod to a double-handed rod as easy as possible.

“Spey to Z” combines much of what we have learned over the years casting, fishing, teaching and demonstrating. We put our own individual spin on what we have learned from all the folks in the U.S. and from abroad that have taught us and inspired us. We hope that an understanding of these principles and how they relate to all fly casts can help anyone improve their casting by recognizing faults and implementing cures based on a solid grounding in fundamental mechanics.

The DVD was entirely filmed on the Deschutes River in November of 2005, and is sponsored by 3M/Scientific Anglers, Scott Fly Rods, Simms Fishing Products, Maui Jim, and Filson. Jeff Pill (the Art of Spey Casting, Joan Wulff’s Dynamics of Fly Casting) directed the DVD, and Dave Drum was the Director of Photography. Sean Glenn (History Channel, Discovery Channel) and Eddie Howells provided additional camera work. Tom Eichler (History Channel, Discovery Channel) provided the sound, and Steve Lovejoy (Art of Spey Casting, numerous TV shows) edited the DVD. Richard Allen from Track Design provided the DVD authoring.

Proceeds from the sale of the DVD will be donated to various charitable and conservation groups, including the BC Steelhead Society, the Atlantic Salmon Federation, Trout Unlimited, the Native Fish Society, and FFF Youth Casting Programs.
Item Description Price To Top
583888 Spey to Z,  Spey Casting DVD $39.95


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