Photo credits-Holly Usyk I waded out about fifty feet from the shore line where our camp site met the water. I crossed a sandy bottom littered with scattered cobble stones, water logged branches and pine needles, and the occasional submerged chunk of drift wood in about waist deep water to...
Hi. My name is Mark, and I’m a fly fishing addict. Um, well, I guess it all started innocently enough. I was just a kid, I guess you could blame my Dad or my Grandfather, which ever one of them put the cork handle in my hand first. I can still...
I punched the time clock and made the comment, “Here goes another 8 hours I’ll never get back.” Later on it hit me on my lunch break. Flipping open a new fly fishing magazine which I’d covertly slipped into the shopping cart the night before while Holly scanned the ground...
The dog days of summer are here. It’s so dry, the creek has receded it’s width to that of a small stream in several places, dry and white round stones exposed to the sun where there should be liquid flowing and hydrating the earth. Insects seem to float on a...
We started the summer off with a ton of rain. This creek was blown out, high and brown more often than not, and the few days that it was fishable were singles in between weeks of non-fishable conditions. Now it’s gone to the opposite extreme. The rains ceased a couple...
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 and 5 piece 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. This is not a great fly rod for a double fly rig and big indicator, nor is it a great rod for a windy day.
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.
Rod comes with Aluminum rod case and cotton bag, standard wine red thread wraps
5 foot 2,3 weight starting at $219.00, available in spring green or emerald green, and 6" or 7" grip
6'6" 2,3 weight starting at $249.00, available in spring green or emerald green, and 6" or 7" grip
7'6" 4 weight $279.00 only available in 7" grip and Spring Green Hybrid
8'0" 5 weight $299.00 only available in 7" grip and Spring Green Hybrid