Beulah 696-4 Platinum Fly Rod review

As I was unwrapping the Beulah 6-wt 9′-6″ 4-piece single-handed Platinum fly rod from its rod tube and sock to commence this review, and despite Beulah’s reputation for high quality builds, I must admit that I was surprised at the rather beautiful rod that was revealed.

From the olive-brown IM8 graphite blank through to the Portuguese cork Full Wells grip with inlays, this rod shouted quality with its saltwater-safe stripping guides and light wire chrome-over-stainless-steel snake guides, black anodised double uplocking reel seat and fighting butt, and its four-colour thread wraps.

I initially paired the rod with a Scientific Anglers Mastery Expert Distance WF6F long-head line and it performed well at both short and longer distances. The rod action was fast with the blank flexing around the middle of the rod. However, when I tried the SA MED WF7F line, the rod came alive. It loaded and unloaded effortlessly with a beautiful ‘deep in the butt’ feel. 

It managed a range of rigs from double tungsten nymphs through streamers,
poppers and dry flies without a murmur, and excelled in the wind. The 9′-6″ rod length also provided some advantage when mending line, both in streams and on larger water.

This rod is well-suited for pursuing larger trout in rivers and lakes, particularly when using heavier wet-fly rigs, but it will also happily present your favourite dry flies when required. Although probably designed for freshwater use, I reckon it would also do a great job on the salt-water estuaries and flats.

This rod has a RRP of AU$695 (inc. GST) and when you consider its versatility, the build quality and the original owner, no-fault lifetime warranty, it represents exceptional value for money.

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