13 year old Charlie Rocks the ARE. He was obviously surprised it cast so far with so little effort.
I built this Rod using Mieser components, including nice cork and a very expensive reel seat. Unfortunately my rod dryer malfunctioned and the rod ended up with some carpet fuzz and bubbles in the finish epoxy so the rod is not exactly “pristine” in the appearance category. Nevertheless it fishes fine and still looks pretty cool. And, no, for a hundred bucks it doesn’t come with close up photos of the fuzz. Unless you’re really serious.
It’s built on an Anglers Roost 14′ 11/12 Euro style Spey Rod Blank. We test fished it with a 570 grain Skagit head and medium heavy sink tip and the thing absolutely jacked. Also, you could probably use it for a jack as its pretty stout. I’m sure it can probably handle the heaviest Skagit head you could find and chuck a really heavy tip and any dead chicken you could tie on. But I don’t know if it is technically a 10/11. And for whatever its worth, it doesn’t feel like a Euro style fast action rod. It has a very mellow action that’s not too stiff and not to soft. Its juuuuust right.
It would probably be fabulous with a Beulah Aerohead #10
It would be great for kings or big water steelhead.
The beauty of these rods? If you break it the sections are super cheap and easy to obtain from Johnny at Anglers Roost.
So yeah, its kind of a “custom rod” with that special “home made” flair.