Beulah AERO HEAD is a “modern” mid belly spey
shooting head. The new taper is designed to optimize distance by less
stripping and shooting as with Scandinavian and Skagit shooting heads.
Beulah AERO HEAD delivers…well…arrow head shaped, high line speed loops
that turn over positively at all distances.
“Modern” Mid Belly line refers to the fact that mid belly
lines have largely fallen out of favor with fisherman in the past few
years. We believe the problem is that mid length lines were originated
for 14’0” 9 wt. – 16’0” 11 wt. spey rods. As rod companies, shops,
guides, and fisherman moved to lighter rods from 12’0” – 13’6” 6 and 7
wt. rods, the mid belly lines no longer matched the shorter/lighter
two-handers. The solution in our eyes was to create an updated taper
that is easy to cast and fun2fish featuring high line speed and insanely
positive turn-over. Match them by length and grain weight to the rods
spey fisherman are likely looking to use.
This is a mid belly shooting head which is another off-shoot
from tradition. Shooting head as opposed to an integrated full line was
an easy decision for a variety of reasons. 1) Most two-handed fly
fisherman HAVE a running line preference. Whether you prefer int. flat
mono, round floating mono or PVC/PU coated running line from 0.019 –
0.037 the choice is yours. 2) Shooting Head is much more economical.
Fully integrated mid/long lines are now well over the $100 range. Aero
Heads are roughly half of that price making it easy to build a full set
of lines around your spey quiver. 3) Changing out a line? The wind kicks
up, the water rises, the temperature drops…our Beulah Aero Head
shooting heads give the ability for a quick line change w/o necessity
for spare spools/reels.
Similar to a Scandinavian line design, the power or weight is
in the back of our new Aero Head (closest to running line) coupled with
a short rear taper that keeps the caster directly connected to the feel
and delivery of the line. The front taper is designed for tight loops,
distance and turnover. There is no front loop specifically designed to
optimize Aero Head flight and turn over!
Beulah Aero Heads are designed for 9 – 12” mono filament
leaders to optimally balance out a line to rod system. These are
excellent tapers and have some ability for light sinking leaders/sink
tips with coupled with slightly larger, slightly heavier flies.