North Umpqua report. Water is still pretty high for mid-June. I fished it at a lower levels in February a few years ago! A lot of "summer" spots are still raging. Found a bunch of new "in between" water-level spots. Not there in the winter and not there in the summer. Fun.
Nothing to report on the catching side of things. One person I talked to had a brief 10 second hook up around Williams Creek. Beyond that, didn't see a fish. Either the early run has come and gone, has yet to arrive, or is hanging low in the water column.
The gear guys were lined up below Deadline Falls. Didn't stop to chat.
For rod comparisons, I set them up with appropriately matched heads (i.e. 480 for the Platinum and 540 for the Burkie) and identical terminal tackle (i.e. same tips, leader, and flies).
Since the water was high, I ended up casting Skagit heads and sink tips on Saturday and part of Sunday.
Did some chugging/waking with a Little Wang on the Burkie 7134 with an AF Skagit 540, ten foot MOW T-11 Floating tip, and 4 ft of 12 lbs. Maxima. That Little Wang was snapping taught at the end of the cast; no tailing loops with this rig. Anyone else use this type of setup for casting big foam flies?
Only cast Scandi heads on Friday evening. Didn't see the recommendations for using lighter heads before leaving. Wish I had. The Burkheimer 7134 did okay with the 525 Elixir.
The Beulah Platinum 7132 did great with a 480 gr. Rage, floating poly, and Little Wang. Even better with a Super Fast Sink poly and traditional fly.
For Skagit on the Platinum, I tried both a 480 and 510 with ten feet of T-11 and a traditional fly. Rod seemed to "pop" with the 480 and seemed bogged down with the 510. But I was tired at the end of the day when I cast the 510.
Props to both of these awesome rods. Great feel when they are lined properly to balance the caster's style and specific situation.