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Air Stage 硬中硬 390 and Kiyotaki 24 in N Georgia
by Chris Lynch
Took a return trip to a new favorite river in GA this weekend with some new friends. Brought two rods I didn't have last time; Air Stage 390 硬中硬 (medium) and Kiyotaki 24. Both were awesome. The Air Stage 390 was far too long for me to use in most places there, but when I had room it was a real treat, I love the casting motion and feel with the Nissin 2.5 level line.
While setting up the line in one spot, a little yellow sally mayfly landed next to my friend, and he pointed it out to me. I tied on a size 18(I think) yellow parachute adams and was immediately into fish. A few chubs at first, but I realized I was hitting kinda far back into the run, so I adjusted my cast and landed just into the head of the plunge pool. Saw my line move a little and did a gentle lift, pulling out the most beautiful little rainbow, I think my smallest yet haha. Very happy because it all came together for that moment.
The Kiyotaki 24 was awesome at throwing large wind-resistant or heavy flies. I caught several fish on it, including a nice little rainbow at first light. Very happy with this cheap little rod.
“The bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweetness of low price is forgotten” - Benjamin Franklin
"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