Streamer Junkie... Mark Usyk

  • 24

    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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  • 14

    August

    2016

    The Carp Incident by Mark Usyk

    There’s two fish that call my local waters home that I’d love to scratch off my list of fish caught on the fly that keep evading me. Let’s cut right to the point. Carp and northern pike have been making me feel like the village idiot for a couple years...

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  • 06

    August

    2016

    Gluing Crap to Hooks by Mark Usyk

    There’s a lot of terms and sayings today that are watered down. They get thrown around like an old baseball. At one time there was a signature on it that made it great. Then the kids got a hold of it, and now it’s been hit and tossed around so...

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  • 01

    August

    2016

    Moose Tracks and Creek Chubs by Mark Usyk

    Miles of dirt road. Miles. Sometimes the dirt was altogether missing, replaced by steep grades of bowling ball sized cobble stone and jagged points of granite sticking straight up like the earth trying to jab an elbow to the oil pan of the truck as it passed over. I’d look...

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  • 23

    July

    2016

    Gone Fishing by Mark Usyk

    One day you’re fishing five to six days a week, and the next thing you realize is you haven’t made a cast in two weeks. You tell yourself it’s life, this is the way it is. But then you keep running that old and cliché saying across your thoughts, tearing...

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  • 20

    July

    2016

    The Older I Get, The Better I Was By Mark Usyk

    In my mind it seems to have been a lot simpler when I was a kid. Fishing that is. It’s funny how your outlook on things changes as you get older, what you saw then, and what you see looking back then now. A typical fishing excursion back then, let’s...

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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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