Your Keiryu Stories

Keiryu Tips and Trips

Keiryu fishing is really very similar to tenkara, although it uses bait rather than artificial flies. The rods are long, the line is light and no reel is used. Excellent drifts are possible - if anything, better than with tenkara. The rods tend to be longer and the lines both lighter and shorter than tenkara lines. Generally a single split shot is used to get the bait down to where the fish are.

Although people have been bait fishing with cane poles for almost as long as there have been cane poles, there are differences between cane poles and keiryu rods. Like tenkara rods, keiryu rods are much lighter, much more portable and much better at protecting light tippets. Light tippets not only protect the rod, they allow the bait to drift much more realistically with the currents.

Use of keiryu rods in the US is very new. The "Your Keiryu Stories" pages allow you to share information on what has worked for you.

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High River Keiryu 
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Circle the hooks! 
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Mummies in Mexico 
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Seiryu 
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Micro Fishing Fun 
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Its a Shooting Head! 
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Gamakatsu Amago + Mummy Worms 
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How to cut your lillian 
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A day of Firsts (Lesson in depth) 
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As the Worm Turns: Fish-Off between Mummy Worms and Live Butterworms 
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Why I Love to Fish in the Winter 
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Humble Pie 
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Sunfish, Bass and Coots 
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Keiryu Trip 
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Fishing For Buffalo 
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Nissin SP 390 
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Bobber N' Bait 
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Scott County Sunfish 
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Keiryu ZPRO 
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Daiwa Keiryu 42SF spring carp fishing 
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Winter Bream 
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Small Lake Bullheads 
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Here Kitty, Kitty 
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Suntech Keiryu Sawanobori 63 can throw poppers 
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Keiryu Carp 
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Kieryu in saltwalter  
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Kieryu with tenkara rod 
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Keiryu or Seiryu? 
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Flatland Warmwater Keiryu Maybe? 
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Keiryu Almost 
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Dodging rain drops.  
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Good Success with Keiryu  
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KeirKitty 
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Keiryu Maybe 
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Confessions Of A Keiryu Angler 
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Five Tips for Keiryu Fishing with Live Crickets 
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Nite ize gear ties 
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Fieldmaster Fun 
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Nissin 450ZX medium 
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