Kiyose - Tanago or Hidden Gem?
Wet my Kiyose today in a favourite closed in overgrown mountain stream. I bought the 9' model (2.7m) precisely for this use, as the shorter Soyokaze were no longer available. As usual, I was fully prepared to test the rod to breaking and beyond.
After 5 hours of slog with no takes, suddenly three big browns in one pool, all landed in the net, 18 - 22 inch. I kid you not, all big bucks with big hooked jaws. Sorry, no photos, I dropped my camera in the excitement - these were the largest fish I have ever seen in this river that I have fished since the 70's. No fish were overly harmed in the amateurish attempt at taking pics (for the first time, I tried to photo my catch), and swam away fine. And so it was for the camera, it is still swimming somewhere in the bottom of the river. I would think that prices each fish at over $100 (Replacement cost of camera).
However, they were actually priceless. I am pretty sure that I will never catch a fish this size in this tiny stream again. At least I have a witness, who was as gob smacked as I was.
The fish were caught under rod tip on a very short line. I thought the Kiyose would be far too light to manage larger fish, and I couldn't lift the fish in the current for quite a while, but it is actually quite resilient given the way I tried to bend it.
I think the Soyokase would have been better, with its much stronger butt, but the Kiyose is not just for tanago either. The lighter butt and smaller diameter make a big fish fight hard work, but they do work, are a lot of fun to use in the heavily overgrown streams. It's a serious tool, disguised as a toy.
“The bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweetness of low price is forgotten” – Benjamin Franklin
"Study to be quiet." - Izaak Walton 1653
"Be sure in casting, that your fly fall first into the water, for if the line fall first, it scares or frightens the fish..." Col. Robert Venables 1662
The hooks are sharp.
The coffee's hot.
The fish are slippery when wet.
Beware of the Dogma