A Number of Firsts - Kiyotaki, Micro Fishing and a Blue Fly
by Bob H
Very First Blue Fly Fish
Over the weekend, I had the opportunity to get about 4 hours of fishing in at one of my favorite streams. This particular river has a large amount of overhanging trees which always makes casting somewhat of a challenge.
I started with my Daiwa Kiyose 30SF rod with 10’ of level line. After a few casts of fighting the trees overhead, I realized the Kiyose 30SF was too long and a shorter rod was in order. So I rigged up my new Shimotsuke Kiyotaki 21 with 7’ of level line which worked perfectly. First cast and I landed a beautiful redbreast sunfish which produced a nice bend in the rod plus a good fight.
I really enjoyed fishing with this rod. The Kiyotaki 21 met all my expectations. On a few occasions I did understand Chris’s comment regarding how a foot more rod would have been nice. I did the next best thing. Added a foot more level line. Problem solved.
I did make an attempt at micro fishing. I rigged up the tackle using the micro fishing kit I purchased from Chris. Unfortunately, after a half dozen casts, my line got totally tangled up which looked like a birds nest (bait casting days remembered!). Definitely a result of “user error” and not due to equipment failure. Fortunately, later that evening I did manage to untangle the mess which took me about an hour to accomplish. I’m ready to go at it another day.
Finally, I caught 3 bluegill on a blue killer bug tied with the blue yarn provided by Chris, These were my first fish caught using a blue yarn fly.
13 fish in all were caught on the Kiyotaki 21 and I can honestly say, it was a very enjoyable experience. The majority of fish were caught on a size #12 Sakasa Kebari tied using the blue #7 Owner hooks purchased from Chris.
“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
As age slows my pace, I will become more like the heron.
The hooks are sharp.
The coffee's hot.
The fish are slippery when wet.
Beware of the Dogma