CF Burkheimer 7115-4 Classic Spey Fy Rod
CF Burkheimer 11'5" Classic Spey Fy Rod 7115-4 -OK: here is the code...... this is an 11'5" 4-pc two hand Spey fly rod made by our friend Kerry Burkheimer. Not a switch rod. Nope. Just an amazing Spey rod that is light and powerful in the same instant. This little publicized Burkheimer Spey fly rod is an astoundingly versatile two hand rod adaptable to diverse fishing environments and species. The 4-pc rod is rated as a 6-7-8 wt, in Kerry Burkheimer's tradition, and it handles a wide grain weight range of fly lines. Unlike many of the CF Burkheimer Spey rods, this Burkie has a relatively firm butt section and transitions into a progressively "light" tip.
The Burkheimer 7115-4 accomplishes the admirable task of providing sufficient lower-rod power to handle large steelhead and modest salmon, combined with an upper rod transition perfect to feel and finesse large trout and small steelhead.
These qualities are pretty unique in a world of fly rods that are more narrowly focused. We fish the Burkheimer 7115-4 with traditional shooting head lines, using overhead casts and mono running lines. We fish the 7115-4 with Skagit Compact heads and MOW T-14 tips. We fish the 7115-4 with Scandi Compacts, Speydicator lines, Switch lines, traditional steelhead weight forward lines, integrated shooting heads, and Nymph tapers.
The firm lower section of this rod makes timing of one's cast more important when fishing Skagit heads with tips. Dry and damp fly presentations with Scandi Compact style lines is a "snap" (sorry, couldn't help the pun). Overhead casting, (using bottom hand to power the cast) with shooting heads and integrated shooting heads is entirely intuitive.
We have come to love this Burkheimer fly rod for its versatility. It is light in hand, throws a grocery sack of fly lines, is responsive to "little" fish (not that any of the fish we catch are really "little"), and with some finesse, can hold its own with modest king salmon.