Kerry Burkheimer is driven by two things; building premium grade fly rods, and making them the best fishing and casting tools possible. For 35 years his artisan rod shop has been producing the world's finest fly rods. Most of today's fly rods are in his mind "too fast", great for the parking lot shoot-out but lacking several desired qualities when stream side. He believes today's angler needs a fly rod that gets the job done with soul and vibe, not fatigue. First impression upon hearing this is slow and soft, well maybe by mental comparison, but get one in your hand and you will not only feel the deeper action, but also experience the incredible line speed they generate. Just what Kerry has always desired in a fly rod.
Beyond all the latest technologies, state of the art materials and components, meticulous finish work and all the other stuff any rod company could list in their marketing brochures, each Burkheimer rod possesses an innate quality the mass-market manufacturer's simply can't re-create on a factory level; That Burkie feel. The deeply intuitive, innate mojo that sets Burkheimer actions apart from all others.
Honestly, we can't put a finger on exactly what is is either - exactly why we spend so many months tweaking and test casting tapers until they just have that certain "nod-your-head-and-smile" quality. That "hell yeah" load a rod gives you on the back cast when it's just time to go forward, and the way the line bucks on an 80-foot shot that says you could have easily gone another 20. That's the fishy Burkheimer mojo you have to cast to understand. Above all, it's the bar to which Kerry holds each and every rod that comes out of our workshop because that, friends, is the true feel of hand-rolled soul!
Nothing looks, feels, or cast like a "Burkie".