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|Beulah ONYX 6131-4|
Beulah Onyx Test 10/09/14 by Mark Bachmann: Nearly every steelhead in the river had been pounded by hordes of anglers for a full month and a half, the fishing pressure had been intense. Finally the crowds had thinned for the last few days.
|surface (a usual indication of a hatchery steelhead). The water was very clear and it was easily seen that the adipose fin was clearly gone. One of the ventral fins had also been removed before this fish had been released from the Deschutes River Hatchery at Pelton Dam and gone to sea two years ago, when it was about six inches long. This fish was hooked and landed right in front of camp, so the swim-step on my jet boat was sprayed with water from my wash-down pump, to it made a convenient place to lay the 29" steelhead so that it could be examined, measured, photographed and released. It had three other hook wounds in its mouth, apparently it had been released several times before. I didn't need it for camp-meat and saw no reason to kill it, so released it for some other angler to enjoy. This may dispel some of the myth that hatchery steelhead always lack aggression and don't bite. The picture above may also dispel another myth that live fish always look at the water, and that only dead fish look to the side. This steelhead recovered quickly and was vigorous when it was released. Seems that there are few absolutes when it comes to catching steelhead, except your hook has to be in the water. A couple of more steelhead were landed with the Beulah ONYX 6131-4 that morning. The other two fish were smaller, and both were wild.|
So, what about the Beulah ONYX 6131-4 as a Skagit rod? It is seven to thirteen inches longer than most six-weight Spey rods. It has a full-flex action, but incorporates very fast recovery graphite and copious amounts of Nano-Resin to hold it together, a very unusual combination of design parameters and materials. It has some endearing qualities. As Beulah rep, Bruce Berry explained, "Beulah didn't try to build ONYX rods lighter as most rod builders have done with nano-resin. Spey rods are already light enough. Beulah used the resin to increase the strength of the rod blank to absorb more energy to throw longer lines easier." This rod has plenty of range to fish larger rivers. It also has plenty of snap to handle all the different types of Spey lines in common use. Because of the longer length and full-flex action it stores energy the full length of the blank for both casting and playing fish. It is uncommonly forgiving in both modes, although it takes some getting used to. Is it the all around summer steelhead stick for the Columbia River Basin east of the Cascades...maybe?
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|Sage 2210 Spey Reel|
|The Sage 2210 is definitely worth a look as your next Spey Reel.|
|Sage 2210 reels have the capacity, size and weight to fit many of the more popular Spey rods used for steelhead in the Lower-48. What the 2210 has to offer as an up-grade over $100 reels such as TFO Prism and Echo Ion is a genuine waterproof tripod disc drag. Is this a Big Deal? You bet it is when you start dealing with fish that weigh over 15-pounds. At 7.8 ounces this reel balances well with rods up to 13-feet long. If Spectra backing such as Power Pro is used there is plenty of room for 7/8 weight shooting head lines and 150 yards of backing.|
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|Simms Kinetic Jacket|
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