Streamer Junkie... Mark Usyk

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    September

    2016

    Lessons in Fishing by Mark Usyk

    I could see the pain on his face as we walked to the Jeep. Not physical pain, but mental anguish. “But Dad, I’m in a slump! I haven’t gotten a hit in two games!” There was nothing I could do to calm him down. My eleven year old little leaguer...

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    September

    2016

    Private Brook Trout Waters by Mark Usyk

    Here we were, me and JP, on a privately owned lake on fifty-thousand acres of privately owned land in the Adirondacks, gliding away from a submerged dock after John gave a swift push off with his foot. I wasn’t going to fish the lake, not yet anyhow. I was the...

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  • 13

    September

    2016

    Who Doesn't Love Salmon Season? by Mark Usyk

    Here it comes…Salmon season. And here come the standard questions, the ones I get hit with just about every day now by both fishermen and non-fishermen alike. I see them coming like a deer jumping out of the ditch, and like the deer, I try to avoid them, but it’s...

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    September

    2016

    The Beginning of the End by Mark Usyk

    I believe the last time I fished with Jerry was on the Oswegatchie River, many miles north of here. The whole day is a blur at this point but I know we were there because I was the company welder and one of our guys had taken a portable band...

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    August

    2016

    My Creek by Mark Usyk

    It’s just barely after 6 am and I find myself standing on the bridge, looking out over a corn field and trying to spot the winding creek through the trees. There isn’t enough light yet to make the water shimmer through the leaves but I still know it’s there under...

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    August

    2016

    Fishing. Gambling. Same Difference. By Mark Usyk.

    Someone once asked me where they could take their kid fishing, someplace where they were guaranteed to catch fish. I laughed. I understood they wanted a place to keep their son interested so they wouldn’t get bored, but seriously. If such a place existed I hardly doubt that’s a place...

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Beaver Meadow Custom Rod Builder 5

Beaver Meadow Custom Rod Builder 5' thru 7'9", 2 thru 4 weight

$199.95

Please note, you MUST make a choice for every option, even if you chose "none".  Thank you. 

Short fly rods are something we specialize in. Fly Fishing the Adirondacks in NY is a lot of rock hoping and exploration. However you don't have to be from the Adirondacks to like small stream fly fishing. Small streams happen everywhere, from Vermont to the Midwest to the West Coast and I have even talked to people wanting short fly rods for fly fishing for schoolie striped bass.

The Story of the Beaver Meadow Small Stream Fly Rod

When I was young I spent all my summers in the Adirondacks. I lived in a town called Eagle Bay, NY. If I rode my bike about a mile down Big Moose Road I came to a small creek called the Eagle Creek. There I learned how to catch brook trout on a bobber and a worm. Later, when I began busy with college I found myself going back to this small creek to see if those brook trout were still there. This time I left my spinning rod at home and brought my 9 foot 5 weight fly rod. I soon found that trying to roll cast and navigate through the tag alders was no easy task. When I started my company almost 10 years ago I knew I wanted to make a rod to fish these small streams. It took me a few years to design the right tool for the task.

The Beaver Meadow is by far the most enjoyable fly rod I have ever designed. When I have spare time in my rod shop, I find myself making a beaver meadow. Sometimes I try to make it as light as I can, sometimes I go very retro with a 4 inch mini fullwells grip and sometimes I just focus on my favorite fish, the Adirondack Brook Trout. It was about 10 years ago that I came up with the 5 foot 2 weight fly rod. . I remember the day that my now very good friend Brian Corbett walked into the fly shop and the second prototype was on the wall. "How much for this" he asked. "I don't even have a name for it" I said. We sat and talked for at least an hour, and after a few cups of coffee Brian suggested we call it the Beaver meadow. He still fishes the first Beaver Meadow ever sold. Since then we have offered many different styles of Beaver Meadow, from 7'6" 4 to 5' 2 weights.

The benefits of the Beaver Meadow is its short length, light weight and roll casting ability. The rod was designed to fish small streams for brook trout, but later we found that people had been looking for a rod like this to catch golden trout, cutthroat trout and even smallmouth bass; so although it is inspired by the Adirondack Brook Trout, it can in fact be used for just about anything. Because this is a JP Ross Rod, you can design your own beaver meadow with a fighting butt if you wanted… its up to you.

What we want you to know is that this rod blank is made for fun light weight fishing. The blank is an emerald green color and is very light and thin. All beaver meadows are fairly slow so that they roll cast well. 

If you are looking for a special rod that will sit in the corner of your man cave waiting for the right day, this is it.  Of the over 6000 fly rods we have made, this model by far seems to help us make the most friends and bring the most smiles to our customers faces.  

Join the club and pick out your options, and let us make you a Beaver Meadow Small Stream fly rod today. 

 

JP

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