Burkie owners...

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golfman65

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Fished with a 7134-4 burke classic yesterday...

Feels like a very fast rod but with feel, very light in hand..

I tried a 540 as recommended by the site but went to a 570 compact skagit as was also recommended by guys who fish or own them...and that was a much better fit IMHO...

So spent the day with it...enjoyed it and got out to 18 strips of running line (non mono) relatively consistently...

I sure seemed like I was working hard with that rod though..and should admit, I am a Meiser ho for rods....comparatively this burkie in hand feels closer to one of bob's 6/7 mks rods then the 7/8...

I've read that burkies give this "Whomp" feeling which I can't say I noticed, fast rod this...

Don't know what to think really...Liked fishing a rod this light that will handle big fish...did enjoy it..but felt like I was really missing something with the casting part...

Thinking it has something to do with how I cast and tried slowing down, speeding up etc. but never got it completely dialed in...

Think this rod might be one wicked scandi and dry line rod...and wonder what others experiences are with that?

Not happy looking at my buddies smiling like sharks in the water thinking their sorry asses are getting another one of my cast offs...bastards know me to well...but I want to grow as a caster and not get locked in on one thing if I can...and the cheap pricks won't pay me what I spent anyways...:beathead:

So any burkie owners, your input would be greatly appreciated..
 
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What are you looking for? Something to fish 570gr skagit heads? If so, call Kerry and talk with him about what you want, he'll build it just like Meiz will. If you're happy with what you're fishing, keep fishing it! If you want to grow as a caster I'd suggest investing in lessons and/or changing styles and fishing different famlies of lines vs. buying a 'different' model in the same gene pool.
 

speyforsteel

Degenerate Caster
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Brian From Burkheimer says the 7134 with the compact 570 is DA BOMB.
I don't own any Burkies but I've cast and fished most of them-Great rods.
 
#7
I wish I was a Burkie owner. I've been eye balling those for some time now. Even went by the shop, talked to them about rods, and saw some of their amazing higher end builds. I would be scared to fish those things they looked so nice. I've been thinking about an 8 weight lately. Not so sure I want to stick with my z axis 8129...but that might just be the antsy pants talking.
 
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I can honestly say I may never buy anything other than Meisers and Beulahs ever again. I love the builds, flexes and they just seem "right".

Stick to what you like Paul. Nothing wrong with all those Meisers.
 
#9
The 7134-4 is an astonishingly powerful rod for its line weight, it fishes really nice with a Compact 540 Skagit. I am considering trying out the shorter Winter Authority lines on this rod. Timmy A. cast this rod and he thought it was incredible.
 
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golfman65

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What am I looking for? Thought that was as clear as the summer sauk....I'm asking how you cast these fast rods???

Actually talked with Josh down at flyfishusa who is a good cat and lets me waste his time talking fishing for longer then anyone at a shop should have to listen too..He owns these rods as well and explained that with faster rods you have to make a more powerful high stop...I found with a cackhanded cast this works well and after a bit the snap T from the otherside pimped it out pretty decent...the double spey which is my nefarious. I have trouble getting as tight of loop as I'd like out there...could be not a powerful enough stop...could be with a 13' rod 15' tips won't work as well as, say 13' ones...

So with his suggestions I've got something to work with, shorten up a couple heavier tips so the weight is the same as my 15' ones...and work on a higher stop with some snap to it...

flybc that you Yee? Tim told me you were using the 570 on your stick...lol...g.d. towely ..

Nothing wrong with my Meisers Erik, love um, love how they cast and fish...just finding myself so locked in on the mks I can't seem to cast anything else like them....Nice to fish something else and try and figure out a different stroke on it...

Last but not least, Josh said this rod is exactly what I figured from casting it....A sweet ass scandi and dry line rod...I can't wait to throw one on there...as that part of it I can figure out..

Thanks guys!!!
 
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golfman65

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p.s. STewie...is a sneaky bassturd...d.s.'d me and smiled his rumblestiltskin ass off doing it too..

Missed a couple guys up there...how bout a Jan. 1 fish out up there??
 
#12
Re: Burkie owners...
I can honestly say I may never buy anything other than Meisers and Beulahs ever again. I love the builds, flexes and they just seem "right".

Stick to what you like Paul. Nothing wrong with all those Meisers.


The Burkheimers are the most refined rods ever build. Kerry knows more about blank designed/rolling and rod building then all other guys combined.

The rods you have mentioned have to much flash which can be tempting....
 
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stewart dee

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#13
The Burkheimers are the most refined rods ever build. Kerry knows more about blank designed/rolling and rod building then all other guys combined.

The rods you have mentioned have to much flash which can be tempting....[/QUOTE]

Just like my Sprewell Spinners on my F250 in 24" or my Diamond Rolex, maybe my Vintage Hardy with the 24K finish? Flash - blah.. take a look at a presentation or Vintage Burkie, that's flash.
 
#14
I own 3 Burkies 8141-4 the 7127-4 and a single the new 10ft. 8wt. DAL {deep action load}. All are the classics. They are too tempting and I cant quit fishing them. That little 7 wt. is a rocket. Kerry is a super nice person, as well as the rest of his crew.
I am just a bit above and below your particular rod wt. I will attest that they cast so smooth that it took me a while to pick the line that I liked the best. They are rather forgiving.
 
#15
ake a look at a presentation or Vintage Burkie, that's flash.

The difference between Vintage and Classic are wood reel seat, guides and few discrete details. Look at others and they are like a Christmas Tree.

Have you seen Kerry on blogs and website like this talking about his rods ????

So often people complain that Burkie Rods are not so pretty like others. Guess what, Burkie rods are the ultimate fishing machines with soul, performance and feel, not a Christmas Tree decoration.
What you may find that every Burkie rod, be it one of SH wt.5 ( they are over 40 tapers in wt. 5 category only) or DH rod, are refined to maximum perfection. Other manufacturers have just a few very good rods and the rest are a catalog filer.
 

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