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 became 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 alders was no easy task. So when I started my company over 20 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 because making a short medium action rod that can roll cast well is extremely difficult. They usually end up feeling like a car antenna. Our Beaver Meadow fly rod feels like a real fly rod. It took years to perfect, but we have and we have made thousands, all made in New York State, USA.

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. It was over 20 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 ready for market 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 piece down to the classic 5'0" 2-3 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 wild 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.

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 or spring green for our Carbon series and is satin olive peanut butter color for our S-Glass. The Beaver Meadow Carbon are medium to slow but crisp action so that they roll cast well and have a faster tip recovery speed for accuracy. For the Carbon Series (emerald green and spring green) Bump up a line weight to slow the rod down, or to throw bigger streamers and double fly rigs. We sell most Beaver Meadows rated for a 2 weight but the can be up-lined to a 3. This is true for most of our rods that the lines you used can be variable.   That's why the 5 footer and 6'6" are called a 2-3. 2 weight line for distance casting a bit more crisp medium and a 3 weight line for roll casting more moderate feel and casting bigger flies or double fly rigs.

If you are looking for a special rod that will sit in the corner of your fishing cave waiting for the right day, this is it. Please get the handle dirty and use it. Catch that fish that makes you happy and gently toss the rod on the bank or in the mud and relish in the beauty of the fish and the moment you are in. Enjoy being happy and being coherent of what is happening. Once in a while, send our staff and JP a picture of your adventures with your Beaver Meadow, and tell us a story. We love to hear stories and we love to make products that help you create them.

The new Beaver Meadow S-Glass takes our small stream rod line up to a whole new level. For sure is a place for the Carbon Beaver Meadow for accurate casting and stronger butt section for landing bigger fish. However, our customers have been asking for a slower more parabolic action and true glass feel. Therefore we have created the new S-Glass line made from 100% High Strength S-Glass fabric. More info on S-Glass is here.

 

The Beaver Meadow S-Glass vs. Carbon...  

Our "Carbon" Beaver Meadow allows for faster tip recovery speed and variable line choices.  

Our "S-Glass" Beaver Meadow focuses on smooth parabolic action for light tippets, smooth lazy loops, slower line speed and the ultimate in presentation delicacy.

The Beaver Meadow S-Glass can easily be identified by its olive peanut butter color. Listen to our Tech Talk to learn more about the Beaver Meadow Carbon and S-Glass

The "Carbon" Models

The 5 foot 2-3 weight, 2 piece fly rod


Application: this rod is designed for very small stream fishing, it is made for fishing wet flies and dry flies, and does have the ability to also cast small streamers. The 5 footer was made for stream that are 5-12 feet wide. Because of the length of the rod it is very difficult to fish a two fly rig with this set up, unless the distance between flies is about 12 inches. Because of the short length your casting stroke needs to widen slightly, but after only a few minutes with this rod, you will find that the rod feels like an extension of your forearm.

Action: This rod is a medium to slow action. It is a great roll casting rod and can easily cast a size 10 bushy dry fly of foam fly with ease.

 
Beaver Meadow 5' Testimonial.
When I want a really fun and unique fly fishing experience I reach for the JP Ross 5' Beaver Meadow. It is truly one of the most unique and fun fly rods I have casted. The enjoyment of fishing a small rod, that is able to load and shoot perfect loops at close distances, makes this rod a must have for any small stream enthusiast. The size of this rod is perfect for those tough to reach small streams surrounded by overhangs and snags. It also is a blast to take and throw big casts with a dry fly on a small meadow stream. This rod can easily throw dries and nymphs, and can handle a small streamer even in heavy flows. Once I used this rod a few times, it quickly became one of my favorite rods to fish. Jordan's detail and artistic work makes this rod truly one of a kind. I haven't seen another rod on the market like it. This model has been in his arsenal for 20+ years, and here is to another 20+!

The 6 foot 6 inch 2 - 3 weight, 4 piece


Application: this rod is designed for small stream fishing, it is made for fishing wet flies and dry flies, and does have the ability to also cast medium weighted streamers. The 6 foot 6 inch was made for streams that are 10-30 feet wide. This rod is ideal for dry flies and works great for double fly rigs too.
Action: This rod is a medium action in a 4 piece. It is a great roll casting rod and can easily cast a size 10 bushy dry fly of foam fly with ease as well as weighted woolly buggers and muddlers.

 

Beaver meadow 6'6" 2/3 Testimonial
I grew up fishing Adirondack streams for trout; ever since I was a kid it has been one of my favorite things to do. When fly fishing soon came into my life, I hoped to find a fly rod that was tailored to fishing the small tannin Adirondack streams. Within the first trip of fishing the 6'6" 2/3 wt beaver meadow, I knew I had found the ideal rod. Whether it was casting dries, dry dropper, nymph rigs or small streamers, this rod can do it all. The action of the carbon silica allows for a most enjoyable experience on any stream, and length that gives superior line control while also allowing to fish in the tightest of spaces. The ergo grip completes the fishing experience, being the most comfortable grip I have fished. Besides the fishability of this rod, what truly separates this rod is the amazing craftsmanship and personal touches that Jordan puts into his rods. The silver-blue reel seat, the zen trout carved into the wood, the amber agate strip guide, it is truly a work of art. The attention to detail is second to none. I have fished this rod across the country, and it has yet to meet a trout it can't handle. Yet, it still feels most at home on a small cold Adirondack stream catching wild brook trout.
 
 

The 7 foot 9 inch 3 weight, 4 piece

Soon to be discontinued.
Application: Adding a little more length means the rod becomes a longer lever. We kept this rod still light in feel with a 3 weight line. This rod is a great middle sized small stream rod. For rivers 20-50 feet wide, the 7'9" Carbon Beaver Meadow is perfect for delicate presentations and accurate casting. This rod is not really made for casting big flies or heavy weighted flies and indications. It is a light line beauty. We recommend the Airflo 3 weight Forge or Tactical line with this rod.

 

Beaver Meadow 7'9" 3 weight Testimonial

This 3 weight is great for the western rivers I fish. Slightly larger than backcountry small streams, I fish a few rivers that are a little bigger. The 7'9" is perfect.  

It is delicate for perfect presentations, but has enough backbone for bigger trout.  

I love this rod.

The 7 foot 6 inch 4 weight, 4 piece


Application: this rod is designed for small stream fishing, but begins to enter the realm of normal... The rod gets more medium fast action and is only available in Emerald Green. This rod is also available as our Coherence rod. It's the same blank, but we offer it also as a beaver Meadow Adams to be value priced.

 

 

The Beaver Meadow Series Themes explained.

The Beaver Meadow is our Small Stream series of rods and has a number of themes in its series.

These themes are variations of designs and differences in components to make the rods look different, but all Beaver Meadows are made on the same blank. All rods come with a cotton bag, and an aluminum hard case. All rods can have a free custom inscription added; just email us or add to notes of your order. All Beaver Meadows are made here in our shop in Upstate NY and 100 % of our suppliers are from North America. (1 supplier in Canada)

1.) The Beaver Meadow Adams is our entry level rod and gets one coat of epoxy, no align dots, but is a true simple performer and is as value priced as we can make it. Now available in Carbon or S-Glass

2.) The Beaver Meadow Zen Trout is a step up and gets two coats of epoxy and align dots and case engravings. Available in Carbon or S-Glass

3.) Our Platinum Theme rod begins our premium series featuring a platinum color reel seat that is great for matching the rod with reels that are aluminum or platinum looking. Available in Carbon or S-Glass

4.) Our Custom Series is just that, completely custom. Available in Carbon or S-Glass

5.) We also offer blanks for build it yourself rod building

Scroll down and read more below on these different rods.

 

Beaver Meadow Adams  

Now available in Carbon or S-Glass.

Although nearly all JP Ross rods are considered custom, the Adams version of the Beaver Meadow is still made one at a time and to order, but we can turn these around pretty fast. (about 2 weeks at most) The rod is the same great quality as any other beaver meadow, but it has a simple but elegant black reel seat with brook trout engraving, and a simple choice of tapered western style grip or our special ERGO grip. All rods are made with the best hand crafted USA quality as our other rods, and they also feature an aluminum case and rod bag. You cant go wrong with an Adams theme Beaver Meadow for form and function and quick lead time.

Rod comes with Aluminum rod case and cotton bag
standard spring green thread wraps

 

5'0" 2,3 weight 2 piece, available in spring green or emerald green


6'6" 2,3 weight 4 piece, available in spring green and emerald green in Carbon or Peanut Butter in our S-Glass Adams.


7'9" 3 weight 4 piece only available in Spring Green

If you are doing a rod, reel and line combo, please email us for a discount code.

 


NEW Zen Trout edition fly rod

We went back to our roots a bit with this rod and mixed some of our old heritage of making rods with the new. Our Muir rod has been very popular and in doing so it also has made the zen trout logo popular as well.

In addition we have had a fantastic relationship with ABEL reels and most people have sent us notes about how much they love their JP Ross rods combined with Abel TR reels.

With this rod we took the Zen Trout Reel seat and added it to the beaver meadow small stream fly rod, and then we outfitted it with an ABEL Reel.


NEW Zen Trout emerald edition fly rod

The success of our spring green Zen Trout edition lead us to create another theme in our emerald green color.

Shown here with green Abel TR.

 



The Platinum Edition Theme was made specifically because of the need for a reel seat that had the same finish as the aluminum or platinum color reels that are offered by many reel manufacturers. This theme also features a cork or composite cork reel seat insert with our Zen Trout Engraving.

 


Beaver Meadow Blanks

For the first time ever, we are releasing the Beaver Meadow 5 footer and 6'6" blanks to the public.

Blanks come with JP Ross Decal and Cotton Rod Bag with JP Ross Tag.

 



Carbon Silica Technology

One technology breakthrough for our beaver meadow "carbon" fly rod is our joining of two materials into one; Carbon fiber, and glass scrim.... Now that the fiberglass revolution has started and we are many years into the re-introduction of fiberglass to the market. JP Ross is very proud to introduce the answer to your question... Fiberglass or graphite? The answer is "both" and the technology is in the JP Ross Beaver Meadow Carbon. Not only do we use a glass layer in our laminate as a scrim to add hoop strength and durability, but we also use silica in our epoxy component attach.

The Carbon Silica Technology is different, and crisper than glass because it is more responsive and also transmits vibrations better that fiberglass, and our Carbon Silica Technology is better than carbon fiber because it is more durable and softer when you both cast it and play a fish on it.

Try it today, and look for the Carbon Silica Image when choosing your beaver meadow.

This does not mean there is not a place for 100% glass. If you are looking for smooth true glass and parabolic glass action, and maybe give a little advantage to the fish while you enjoy a fight that bends the rod right down to the cork? Then you should look at our S-Glass.

Check out the NEW S-Glass Beaver Meadow rod series.  


Custom Builds

Short fly rods are something we specialize in. Fly Fishing the Adirondacks in NY is a lot of rock hopping 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. Using these rods is an intimate experience with nature. GET OUTSIDE and enjoy.



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 20 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 Hidden Secrets are there about the JP Ross Beaver Meadow???

What you don't know about the iconic Beaver Meadow?

The Spring Green color is inspired by the early spring green colors of spring., especially the fiddle head ferns that pop up early. The beautiful spring green color is a pure and clean green color that JP believes helps us feel happy. Why not make that a color of our fly rod?

 

Legacy...

The Beaver Meadow was created in JP's second fly shop in NY Mills NY in 2000. The design has been through some small design changes, but in general it was made to do one thing.  

It was made to roll cast well in tight small stream situations, yet still overhand cast flawlessly.

 

Performance...

The Beaver Meadow has had many trips to Labrador Canada in search of huge wild Brook Trout.

The 6'6" 2-3 weight has caught brook trout as large as 6 lbs.  

 

 

Some Testimonials.

Hello, summer has come to a end and I just wanted to give your beaver meadow 6'6" another nod to perfection! I have used this rod off and on now for a couple of seasons and I can say it still out performs all other rods on the small creek I call home. This season I put it up against a Zg helios 7'6" 3w. The beaver meadow out performs the rod in my opinion.The feel,action and sensitivity of the B.M.just can't be beat.Thanks for another great year on the water
Best regards, Dave


JP, Sorry this email has been so delayed. That rod you built for me two weeks ago is amazing. Love it. I can't thank you enough for scrambling to get it done on short notice. I will refer people to you without hesitation and I am sure this is not the last rod I will have you build for me. Also as a token of my appreciation I have posted a glowing review of your skills and business on the ultralight fly fishing forum: Chris


I just wanted to send you guys this email to say thanks, I just recieved my 5' 2 wt rod this afternoon I loaded up the reel and went out to try it out, it's more than I was expecting this is the first light weight rod I've owned and a person is always a little skeptical ordering things online especially fly rods but you definitely have a new customer, I will be sure to spread the word, I know the model I got was a pre-made rock hopper but it is nice I can't wait to get it on the stream this weekend, I will definitely be in touch and be ordering a custom rod in the near future. I was wondering since this is my first short rod and my first 2 wt if you had any leader formulas that you would recommend for this rod and line wt I build my own so I will probably start with what I know but any suggestions would be appreciated.
Thanks again for the great rod and service , Nate  


Wow, truly incredible. Thank you so much for making this rod, it's exactly how I pictured it. I will be writing something on my blog at yellowtreeflyfishing.com about it and your work, and I will post an Instagram and say some words there about it as well. And then after that there will be countless pictures I post with it in my hand out on the water. Thanks again for doing such a great job. Dorn


I have just received the 5 ft 2 weight Beaver Meadow Rock Hopper from JP Ross I had recently ordered, and I must say this is one nice looking rod. I ordered mine with burnt orange wraps on the emerald green blank to make for a nice contrast. The rod is described as a medium slow action, 2-3 wt, being medium with a 2 weight line and slow with a 3 weight line. It's obvious that this rod is made for small streams and will be a pleasure to cast with on small water due to it's short length, and will allow for some great roll casting on overgrown streams. Each section of this 2 piece measures in at 31.5 inches giving the rod a 5 ft length, and the whole rod weighing in at just over one ounce.

I got this rod to feed my small stream addiction, and if you are in the market for a nice small stream rod to add to your arsenal, you would be hard pressed to find another rod out there of this caliber coming in at this price point. The Beaver Meadow Rock Hopper is available with the options of a rubber covering over the full 7" cork grip, custom laser engraving on the reel seat, and 3 different thread colours for the wraps. There is also a couple of reel options specific to the Beaver Meadow rod such as the Special Edition Abel Beaver Meadow reel. A nice aluminium rod tube with cotton rod bag is included with each rod as well.

All the rods from JP Ross are not your typical "off the shelf" fly rods, these are hand crafted in the state of New York in a cabin behind his house and all rods are available to be fully customized to be as individual as you are. With over 5000 rods that have been built out of that cabin since 1997, using the best graphite and fiberglass blanks available, JP Ross and his crew are able to make your dream rod a reality. For more information on the Beaver Meadow rod, and other JP Ross fly rods check out their website at www.smallstreamflyfishing.com.

I'll be posting more on this rod once I'm able to get out there after the streams thaw out, as I'm sure this sweet little rod will be a hard one to put down. Wolf Creek Fly Company

Just wanted to shoot you a quick note to say thanks for the great workmanship on the 2wt. rod my wife gave to me for Christmas. I've wanted a small rod like this for years, and it's beautiful. I haven't been up to upstate since I was at Cornell a decade ago, but the smallmouth and White River trout in Arkansas are going to see a lot of this rod.
Keep up the great work . . . and from another Ross (my Mom's maiden name) don't ever mess with the Celtic cross. It's a great logo. Matt  

I just wanted to tell you how much my daughters enjoyed getting your new fly rods for Christmas. They loved them when they opened them and when they took a closer look and realized how special they were and the expertise that went into to them they were elated. Our trip to the Smoky Mountain National Park can't come soon enough. I am undecided as to whether to put a double taper or weight forward taper on them. What would be your recommendation. Thanks again John

The video here features music by the late Bryan Dygert. A close friend of JP's and work colleague. Bryan passed away suddenly in his sleep at a very young age leaving his wife and kids to deal with the tragedy. We are blessed to have his art and creativity as a legacy on our web site.

Bryan made this soundtrack in his home by recording all the different instruments and then turning the compilation into this song.

JP only told Bryan one thing; make a song that sounds like you are exploring a small stream in the beautiful woods. We hope you enjoy it.  

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