Finesse-Fishing

Finesse-Fishing is a new website offering Japanese Domestic Market spinning and baitcasting rods and reels for trout and panfish.

Many of us started out fishing with ultralight spinning gear. Despite taking up fly fishing and then discovering tenkara, there are a core group of us who never abandoned ultralight spin fishing.

For years now, I have been importing tenkara, keiryu and seiryu rods made for the Japanese Domestic Market. I think a lot of tenkara anglers (and ALL the keiryu and seiryu anglers) accept that Japanese rods are the best.

Bass anglers have known for some time that the best spinning and baitcasting gear is made for the Japanese Domestic Market. I suspect most trout and panfish anglers have not yet realized that (no one here sells it and no one is talking about it). My goal is to change that.

Tenryu UL Spinning and Baitcasting RodsTenryu UL Spinning and Baitcasting Rods

If you fish with ultralight spinning gear, if you are curious about ultralight baitcasting gear (yes, it does exist), head over to Finesse-Fishing and take a look.

The names are familiar: Daiwa, Shimano and even Tenryu, which makes the nicest looking ones of all! I started importing Tenryu tenkara rods last year and have been extremely pleased with their quality. If anything, their spinning and baitcasting rods for trout fishing are even nicer than their tenkara rods.

Tenryu Rayz Spinning Rods

Tenryu's spinning and baitcasting rods for trout are in their Rayz series, which runs from the very short 3' 9"  rod for the headwaters up through a 10' 6" rod for salmon on wide, windy rivers. The LL notation for the RZ39LL is between light and ultralight.

The following spinning rods and baitcasters will be ideal for trout fishing in small to medium sized streams.

Tenryu Rayz RZ53ULTenryu Rayz RZ53UL

Model
Length
Sections
Breakdown
Rod Weight
Line Weight
Lure Weight

RZ39LL
3'9"
2
23 1/4"
1.8 oz
1 - 5 lb
1/32 - 1/4 oz

RZ53UL
5'3"
2
32 1/4"
2.2 oz
1 - 4 lb
1/32 - 3/16 oz

RZ56L
5'6"
2
33 7/8"
2.4 oz
3 - 6 lb
1/16 - 1/4 oz

RZ39LL - $280
RZ53UL - $320
RZ56L - $330

Tenryu Rayz Integral RZI53UL-4Tenryu Rayz Integral RZI53UL-4

Model
Length
Sections
Breakdown
Rod Weight
Line Weight
Lure Weight

RZI50UL-4
5'0"
4
16 1/8"
2.3 oz
1 - 4 lb
1/32 - 1/5 oz

RZI50UL-4 - $320

RZI50L-4
5'0"
4
16 1/8"
2.3 oz
3 - 6 lb
1/16 - 1/4 oz

RZI50L-4 - $325

I would pair any of these rods with the Shimano Cardiff CI4+ C2000HG reel.



Ultralight Baitcasting Rods

Most people think of baitcasters are just for heavy lines and heavy lures. However, there has been a revolution in Japan with the advent of the Bait Finesse System. It is a collection of reels, rods, lines and techniques that have opened the way for light and even ultralight baitcasters. Finally, there baitcasters for trout - reels and rods that are very well suited for trout fishing in streams.

Baitcasters are more accurate than spinning rods and reels, and that accuracy is paramount in small streams. Bait Finesse for trout in the US is now about where tenkara was back in 2009. This is just the beginning.

The following baitcasting rod is in stock (just one rod). The Tenryu baitcasters are already sold out for the year. I had some other Shimano baitcasters, and they sold out too. I should be able to get a few more Shimano rods in a month or two.

Shimano Cardiff NX B50ULShimano Cardiff NX B50UL

Model
Length
Sections
Breakdown
Rod Weight
Line Weight
Lure Weight

Cardiff NX B50UL
5'0"
2
31"
2.75 oz
2 - 6 lb
1/32 - 1/4 oz

NX B50UL - $260

I would pair the Cardiff NX B50UL with either the Shimano Aldebaran BFS XG or the Shimano Calcutta Conquest BFS HG baitcasting reels.



Daiwa Wise Stream 45ULB-3

The Daiwa Wise Stream 45ULB-3 is an extremely convenient, extremely capable baitcaster for trout fishing in streams.

To me, the key feature of the Daiwa Wise Stream 45ULB-3, and the feature that might very well make it my "go to" baitcaster, is that it is a relatively short, three-piece rod. The broken down length is about 19" - which makes it easy to carry strapped to my backpack. It also fits in the Medium Rod Case!

Of course, it doesn't hurt that the second cast with the new rod yielded a 20" brown trout.

Model
Length
Sections
Breakdown
Rod Weight
Line Weight
Lure Weight

Wise Stream 50ULB-3
4'5"
3
19 1/4"
2.5 oz
2 - 6 lb
1/16 - 1/4 oz

Wise Stream 50ULB-3 - $200

The Dawia SS Air baitcasting reel pairs with the rod nicely.


Shipping

Domestic shipping is via USPS Priority Mail (2-3 day). The $10 S/H charge will be added to your order automatically.

International shipping (other than for the RZ39LL, RZI rods or the Daiwa Wise Stream rods) will be via USPS International Priority Mail, which is quite expensive. Please request a quote before ordering.

Payment

Payment is processed by PayPal but you do not need to have a PayPal account. You can use your credit card.


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- Eiji Yamakawa

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The coffee's hot.
The fish are slippery when wet.


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