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beulah platinum 5117

This request may sound strange, but, can someone in this forum post a picture of thier beulah platinum 5117 with reel attached (preferably hardy :P) I've only seen pictures from manufacturer so I'd like to see a real life photo. I'm considering buying one of these lil sticks, apparently the platinum 5117 is the lightest grainwise of most 5 wt spey rods. I've also heard this rod is reletively deep loading, is that the case? Thanks
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Can't post a picture, but

It is a very nice light rod. I enjoyed using it as a trout spey. I sold it when I decided to get back to all one rod maker. How it loads depends on the skill of the caster and the type of cast being used. I'd highly recommend it. In fact, I may be looking to get another one. The five I have now is a switch and I'd prefer a spey rod.

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Yes, a very nice deep loading rod. I've had this rod on the water for 4 or 5 seasons and it's still one of my favorites. The reel pictured is an Abel Switch, hope this helps.
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Hardy St Aidan

This reel balances this rod very nicely. I have an Abel Switch and used it on the Beulah 1327 I had. I felt it was a little too heavy for the 1175. The St Aidan has plenty of line capacity for 275 grain Skagit plus running line and backing. However the line I liked best on the 1175 was a 250 grain Scandi or TT Ambush 7 or 8.

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Didn't realize the OP wanted recs on 'which reel balances best' and 'what line/head works the best'. Thought he just wanted a quick pic.

With the line/head off the end of the rod and in a swing mode, the Abel Switch is only a tad bit heavy dependent on hand position...sure sounds good on a hard grab.
For the most part my reel of choice was a Ross CLA 4.

I would stay with Beulah recs as far as lines and heads, they do a good job in dialing in their rods. I do like the Ambush 7 however.

http://www.beulahflyrods.com/product...spey-rods/5wt/

http://flyshop.kiene.com/beulahplati...ey11754pc.aspx
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Steeler healer thats perfect, thanks man. Looks like the fore-grip is slightly shorter than a tradiational 13' spey, is that right? I was in the market for a 5 wt. spey and was thinking the platinum would be a good choice. I got a good deal on a z-axis 5126 so I went with that rod instead. My target species is landlocked salmon from 3-12 pounds roughly and smaller steelhead to 10 pounds, as well as some trout swinging, thanks again steelerhealer
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