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Big Browns on Kiyose 43MF
by Bob McNair
I am a big fan of Chris Stewart and Tenkara Bum. He has been my primary inspiration for all things Tenkara, both education and gear.
The first rod I bought after "eschewing the reel" in 2009, was the Daiwa Enshou LL36SF. Nothing like buying one of the best right from the get go. I have fished many rods since, but this one still feels like butter on the cast and "sings" with a trout on the line. I have landed many trout in the 12"-14" on this rod with great pleasure, and great bend in the rod, but the big browns on my home river, the Gunnison, are a bit much for it, so I explored Tenkara Bum for my new river rod and settled on the Daiwa Kiyose 43MF.
Right choice! After 2 trips down river this summer I have hooked several browns in the 20" range and landed several. My latest trip in my Native Watercraft kayak found me latched onto a brown sub-marine that dragged me all over the place before final netting. I un-hooked and un-netted to take a photo, but this muscle bound beast gave a mighty shrug and was gone. Too much fish for a one handed hold. Alas, no picture. Just another fish story, but it was a two fisted monster in the 22"-24" range that any Tenkara angler would be proud of. The Kiyose rocks! Thanks Chris.
My name is Bob, and I'm a Tenkara-holic!
“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