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
"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.
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