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Product Review: Beulah’s Platinum 11′ 8wt Switch Rod

by John Larison   |  November 22nd, 2011 0

Looking for a switch rod sensitive enough to fish a Scandi head and small summer flies yet powerful enough to effortlessly deliver a sink-tip and weighted intruder? ¬†Look no farther than Beulah’s 11′ 8 wt Platinum Switch Rod, which is–hands down–the best casting switch rod I’ve fished.

Beulah's 11' 8 wt. Platinum Switch costs $495 and rivals rods that cost twice that.

What makes this rod to impressive, in my opinion, is its regressive action and instant recovery. ¬†A regressive action means the rod flexes deep in the blank–in this case near the cork. ¬†Many regressive-action rods wobble after the forward stroke, stealing energy from the cast. ¬†Thanks to a smart blend of high modulus graphite, this rod’s recovery is crisp and instantaneous. ¬†The caster will notice an easy-to-time casting motion, one that is very forgiving of mistakes, and a tight loop that goes and goes and goes. ¬†The rod fishes as well at 15 feet as it does at 60, for both “touch-and-go” and Skagit casting.

For touch-and-go casting with small dries and wets, I like to load this rod with a compact Scandi head that weighs 400 grains. ¬†For Skagit casting with tips and big flies, I like a compact Skagit head–like Airflo’s Skagit Switch–that weighs 420 grains. ¬†I match that Skagit head to a mid-weight sink-tip, like Rio’s T-11 MOWs. ¬†If the fly is heavily weighted and having trouble turning over, I loop in a heavier tip, like Rio’s T-14 MOW.

What this rod doesn’t do as well as others–including others within Beulah’s Platinum series–is fish indicators. ¬†The regressive action doesn’t allow the tight, precision mends that indie tactics often require. ¬†(If eggs are your game, you might try Beulah’s 10′ 8″ 6wt, which has a more progressive taper and the same instant recovery). ¬†But if you want a world-class swinging rod for tight casting conditions or smaller rivers, give Beulah’s 11′ 8wt a try. ¬†High recommendations.


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