Keiryu Flashback

by Herb S.
(Southwest Michigan)

I was looking through my fishing log books and ran across a forgotten entry dated December 30, 1999.

I was soaking bait with a spinning rod off the public dock on Cedar Key, Florida when a young Oriental couple arrived and extended a short, maybe six foot, telescopic rod. I thought they didn't know what they were doing, fishing right off the end of the dock with a too-short rod and too-short line. But when they hauled in a sea robin it got my attention and I asked them about the rod. They were from Taiwan and brought the rod from home. Unfortunately their English wasn't too good (or they didn't want to be bothered) and I didn't get any more information. I now realize that was my first encounter with Asian fixed line fishing and it wasn't until 2010 that I discovered Tenkara and 2014 when I found Tenkarabum and bought my first Keiryu rod.

Yesterday I ordered my most recent keiryu rod, a Shimotsuki Kyotaki 18. Maybe it's because there's a real need for a very short rod for the little trout creeks that run through the cedar swamps and tag alder jungles of northern Michigan. Maybe it's partly nostalgia for that day on the dock so many years ago.

Happy fishing,
Herb

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Mar 19, 2017
Super cool
by: Dave

What a cool story!

Mar 19, 2017
Short Rods
by: Les A.

Herb, you are going to really like your new rod. I really enjoy my Shimotsuki Kyotaki 24. I discovered Tenkara last summer by reading a book on the "Hidden Streams in Idaho." That said, I still have my fiberglass 13 foot Tele Classic Panfish Pole that I got when I was 8 years old. I literally have caught thousands of bluegill with that pole over the last 50 plus years. I have only been fishing focused Tenkara - Keiryu since August of last year. My first 20 fish on the Kyotaki 24 were Sunfish! I am sure the Shimotsuki Kyotaki 18 is going to even feel more feather light than the 24.

It is amazing how connected you feel with the fish using a short rod. I am looking forward to getting up into the creeks in Bear Valley to fish mine for brook trout this summer. This world of fixed line fishing is much broader and complex than you see at first look. Herb, I hope you have a lot of fun with your new rod. There are short rods to extra long and everything in between! What I like the most is the control you have no matter the length of the rod.

Mar 20, 2017
Back Atcha, Guys
by: Herb S.

Glad you liked it, Dave. Thanks!

Les, by sticking with a telescoping pole for over 50 years you were well prepared and well suited to Tenkara-Keiryu-Seiryu. Welcome! As you know, fixed line can not only be deadly efficient but great fun. I now have one seiryu rod and six keiryu rods, the Kiyotaki 18 being the latest (which came in today in 3 days...Thanks Chris!). Each rod was selected for a particular reason and I love 'em all, from 6' to 17'. Choose wisely, wade slowly and have fun!

Herb

Mar 20, 2017
Sunfish only
by: Les A.

I only fished spring sunfish with my 13 foot fiberglass Rod. These carbon rods are just amazing! All of my new rods have been purpose driven as well. One great thing I love about Chris Stewart is you can email him and he guides you to make an intelligent decision based on how you are going to fish. He hasn't steered me wrong. I am enjoying rods from 7 feet 10 inches to 26 feet 3 inches. I am up to seven species on fixed line fishing.

Mar 21, 2017
Seven?
by: Chris Stewart

Have I told you about micro fishing?

Mar 21, 2017
Micro Fishing
by: Les A.

I am set to explore this world too! I bought the micro kit. I have caught micro bass and sunfish. I have also caught a Chiselmouth. Seven isn't too bad since I am only counting fish from August 2016. There is a desert spring just south of me that has some mystery fish and I am going fishing for them soon. I found out how much fun micro fishing was last fall.

Mar 21, 2017
Microfishing....microfishing...lemme think....
by: Herb S.

LOL! Yeah Chris I think you might have mentioned the subject in passing a time or two. No doubt you've heard of my propensity to mostly catch micro-size fish of all species and are holding off mentioning carp rods out of pity.

Happy fishing,
Herb

Mar 21, 2017
Taking the bait
by: Les A.

OK Herb - Whats with the comment about the Carp rod? You need to tell the story! Since I can't get to the steelhead this week due to an avalanche, I am going to take the Kyogi out for carp.

Chris - I hope you get out fishing in Arkansas when you are there.

Mar 21, 2017
No Story, Les....
by: Herb

.....yet. I through in the carp rod comment because I don't have one. And speaking of bait, you named your comment perfectly. LOL! Maybe someday when I complete cardio rehab and get in shape to fight 'em. Right now I'm looking forward to getting to the water with the Kiyotaki 18. Just test cast it an hour ago. Yes!

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