Beulah Guide Series II  9’ 5 weight   $295.00

Beulah Guide Series II

Beulah Guide Series II

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George's Notes:

We have two Beulah rods in our Shootout and both rods placed close in the overall and performance categories.  Although both are medium fast rods, the Guide Series II had a slightly faster action, with a softer tip, which I prefer.  Both are very nice, smooth casting rods that anyone would enjoy fishing with.  And they are good looking rods too.  These rods are manufactured in Korea.  

The blank is a dark olive/gray with dark olive wraps, trimmed with white in the butt.  The grip is a half wells, western style with contrasting corks at the top and bottom of the handle.  The quality of the cork looks excellent.  The reel seat is a silver/gray uplocking skeleton seat with a nice piece of brown wood burl.   The guides are one SiC stripping guide followed up with silver hard chrome snake guides. 

If your budget is $300 or less, this is a great rod!  A good overall performance from a less expensive rod. 


The perfect line: S.A. Amplitude MPX in WF-5-F.

Performance at 25 feet:  18.8 points out of 20

A nice feel at short range with better accuracy than the Reaper or Cross SX.

Performance at 45 feet:  19.2 points out of 20

Very nice loops and good accuracy. Mid range is the sweet spot for this rod.

Performance at 70 feet: 8.5 points out of 10

Good power and accuracy with a lot more punch at long range than the Platinum. 



Beulah Guide Series II

Beulah Guide Series II

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James' Notes:

The Beulah Guide series II is a fantastic rod for the money.   The GS II is faster in action than the Beulah Platinum, and while it doesn’t have as much feel in close as the Platinum I think it is a better all around rod, especially for setting the hook while nymph fishing or casting on windier days.  

We’ve had good luck with the Guide Series II holding up well with very little breakage.  Usually the lighter, inexpensive rods are more prone to breakage problems, but this hasn’t been the case with the Guide Series II rods.

Honestly the only issue we’ve had with this rod and the Platinum is keeping them in stock.  They are popular rods for us but since they are built in Asia, once Beulah runs out of stock, it often means a lengthy wait to get more.   


Performance at 25 feet: 18.8 points out of 20

Of the less expensive rods, only the Aetos felt better to me.  The Beulah Guide Series II produced some tight loops and was able to turn over the 12-foot leader just fine.  Excellent accuracy and power although significantly less feel than the softer Beulah Platinum. 

Performance at 45 feet: 19 points out of 20

Lighter and faster than the Beulah Platinum.  The Guide Series II was a more accurate rod for me, especially when the wind picked up.   Not bad!

Performance at 70 feet: 9.4 points out of 10

Light in hand, this rod felt great, but I just couldn’t punch it and get the kind of performance at long range as I did with the TFO BVK, Orvis Recon, and Sage Pulse.  Still, I liked this rod, even at 70 feet.



Beulah Guide Series II

Beulah Guide Series II

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Logan's Notes:

The Beulah Guide Series II has a classic western trout rod feel.  It is smooth and seemed to be best at shorter distances.  It reminds me of the Mystic Reaper with slightly less backbone.  If dry fly fishing is your game, this would be a killer rod for the quiver.


Logan’s Casting Notes:

Performance at 25 feet:  18 out of 20

I really love the Beulah Guide Series II in close. It was extremely accurate and delicate.  Exactly what you are looking for in a good dry fly rod. 

Performance at 45 feet:  17 out of 20

The Guide Series II was still exceptionally smooth at 45 feet.  I was losing some accuracy but what the rod lacked in that department it made up for in smoothness.

Performance at 70 feet:  6.5 out of 10

I was unable to accurately hit the plate but, at 70 feet, this should not be the intention of this rod.



Beulah Guide Series II

Beulah Guide Series II

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JG's Notes:

Some of the guys in the shop actually prefer this rod to its more expensive counterpart, the Platinum.  I like the Platinum a little better, but the G.S. II is a really nice rod that follows closely in its big brother’s footsteps.


25 Feet – 19.6 points out of 20
Although the G.S. II felt a little heavy in my hand I thought that it had a great action for casting in close, where it gave me great accuracy and good feel.


45 Feet – 19.2 points out of 20]
Mid range targets felt really good with the G.S. II.  I was able to get good accuracy and enjoyed the casting thanks to a nice smooth action.


70 Feet – 18 points out of 20
The G.S. wasn't the best here.  It just didn't have the power to accurately hit long-range targets with much consistency.