#10-tie Beulah Opal 9 foot #8 $620.00
I like this rod a lot. Cosmetically it is superb. Beulah’s use of different types and colors of cork in the grip is striking. The rod itself is a pleasing gray color with blue/gray wraps trimmed in silver. If you place a high value on BIG guides in a saltwater rod, you will salivate when you see this rod! This rod easily has the largest guides in our Shootout. These babies will clear a bird’s nest with ease. Two huge titanium SiC strippers start it out followed up with some monstrous diameter, black colored hard chrome snake guides it looks like you could drive a truck through. I like the action too – a nice fast action with decent butt and mid-section power and a slightly softer tip. But as I found out when casting this rod, precise timing was required to get the best performance out of this rod, especially at long distance. This is another fine rod made in Korea for Beulah, but I felt that the price was a bit high. The Loomis Pro 4X at $360, built right here in the US is a lot better value.
George’s casting notes:
Performance at 35 feet: 19 points out of 20
Good, but the Pro 4X seemed to track better. The Opal had slightly better feel though.
Performance at 60 feet: 18.5 points out of 20
OK, but not even close to the Recon. The Pro 4x was also better at this distance .
Performance at 80 feet: 19 points out of 20
Very good but your cast timing had to be on the money. The Pro 4X was definitely better.
Performance at 100 feet: 18 points out of 20
You bet, but your timing has to be good or it all goes to hell in a hurry.
#6 Beulah Opal 9’#8 $620 74.5/80
If you are looking for a mid-priced rod that looks like a million bucks and performs well, the Beulah Opal is a real contender. It has all the right oversized guides and the cork grip not only looks great, it is of excellent quality. The locking rings are a little thin, but seem to work well.
I couldn’t quite get the accuracy I wanted out of the Opal but I love the sweet feel and sharp looks.
Performance at 35 feet: 18.5 points out of 20 Smooth, velvet like feel. This rod feels sweet to say the least, but accuracy wasn’t nearly as good as most.
Performance at 60 feet: 19 points out of 20 Not as accurate as some of the best but the rod feels excellent. I think they may have made this rod stiffer than last year’s Opal? This rod feels great.
Performance at 80 feet: 18.5 points out of 20 Not as stiff or as much power as others but this rod certainly feels stronger than the rod we tested in 2014.
Hit the Hun? 18.5 points out of 20 Yes, but I had to time it just right and aim high…
Capt. Jamie Allen:
#8 (tie) Beulah Opal
All of these rods (Loop Cross S1, Sage Motive, and Beulah Opal) are cosmetically pleasing, with the edge going to Beulah. They all seem more like mid flex rods with the Loop being the stiffest. None struggle with distance. The Motive and Opal might have some trouble with casting on the windiest days while the Loop Cross S1 is a little too stiff in close.
Capt. Skip Zink:
#7 Beulah Opal 56/60
Great cork grip, rod performance is good. Mid-flex rod that tracked well, throws all distances with accuracy.