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.
New Grips... JP Ross ERGO grips.
These grips are 6.5 inches long and have a composite cork top and bottom. JP Designed these grips to help with proper thump placement to improve your cast stroke and an innovative ergonomic design to reduce fatigue. Although western tapered grips are beautiful to look at, the casting hand tends to creep forward as you repetitively cast. This ERGO grip eliminates that failure mechanism.
ERGO double well 6.5 inch shown on top
ERGO double well 6.5 inch SUPERFINE shown below
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.
All Custom Beaver Meadow specifications are made via email with JP. The possibilities are endless.
To help in choosing your options, we have created this flipping book which helps to explain all the options available on our rods. As usual, feel free to review this web site, this product page and this flip book to develop questions you want to ask us. The flip book is a nice guide to use in conjunction with the custom beaver meadow product. Have Fun!!!
JP Ross custom options guide