7. Beulah Platinum 11’7” 5-weight $595.00
The Beulah Platinum had the lightest swing weight out of all the trout spey rods. At 11’7” it felt more like a 10’ rod in my hands. Anglers who prefer a softer action will really like this rod. As smooth as this rod felt, I wish it had a little more power for the Livingston wind. I also wish it was longer, since the 11’7″ length made it more difficult to mend and manipulate my line during the swing.
This is a wondeful rod for anglers who appreciate slower, softer actions. It would be a great rod for swinging soft hackles in a riffle.
The Beulah Platinum is finished in a graphite gray colored blank with olive wraps over ceramic lined stripper guides and chrome snake guides. The custom anodized aluminum reel seat isn’t nearly as fancy as the Onyx but functions well. The Cork is excellent quality and the shape of both the forgrip and rear grip are perfect for trout spey. A cordura covered rod tube and cloth bag are included.
When we originally tested this the Beulah Platinum 11’7″#5-weight it was $100 less at $495. Now the current and correct price is $595.00.
The Platinum’s smooth medium action makes casting fun, but it was more difficult for me to produce tight loops. You really have to wait for this rod and let it do the work rather try to punch it or force it to work. Although this rod is in between 11 and 12 feet and could really be used to nymph or swing, it is a better swing rod, mainly because it is too soft to effectively set the hook when the bobber goes down. One thing I loved about the Platinum was it’s light swing weight. It is the lightest of the Shootout. If you aren’t looking to cast too far, this might be the nicest, lightest rod in the test. If you are looking for more distance and a rod that will mend better, the Onyx a better is all-around swing rod.