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Confessions of a Neophyte Keiryu Fisherman.

by Les Albjerg
(Caldwell, Idaho)

I find it interesting that Chis posted an article on Keiryu fishing just before I finished writing my thoughts as I have embarked on this type of fishing. First off, I learned even more from Chris' great article. I just bought a packet of "Keiryu Rigs." from Chris. These are a bargain!!! You get two fully set up rigs and two spare hooks. Most of all you get a pattern for making up your own rigs, and an understanding of how they work! I chuckle at my crude attempts to make Keiryu rigs early in this adventure. I can see why they didn't work so well!

The Diawa Line holder box is exceptionally made. It is worth the money. I currently have 12 Keiryu lines made up and a lot of snelled hooks. This box is going to make life much easier on the stream or pond. If you really get into this type of fishing, this box is very nice!

I am on my second Diawa figure 8 tool. It is a great tool. However, do not use it to test your knots! You don't want to make the same $30.00 mistake I made.

Chris is right - Long Rods! That is why I love my 6 meter rods. I also added an 8 meter to my arsenal! Chris works hard to get you what you want!

Keiryu fishing is not bobber fishing! The yarn markers are your indicator. When steelhead fishing the yarn maker told me I had a hit, and it was a 4 inch cutthroat. It moved backwards about 3 inches when I tangled with a steelhead. You have to have them to see your line. They also work as your depth indicator. When fishing a spring creek in February, I was able to know the depth of my mummy worm using the yarn markers. It was a many fish day! Keiryu fishing is not Tenkara fishing with bait! I have been learning that this is a method all unto its own. One reason you need a long rod is the line should be about the length of the rod or a little shorter. The casting techniques I have been learning on Japanese TV are much different than Tenkara. When fishing with my fly fishing buddies, I have been out fishing them at least 3-1 using Keiryu methods. This is engaging fishing! You fish a tight line most of the time and can feel what is going on! I am also finding that it works well with weighted nymphs.

If you want to watch a beginners lesson on Keiryu fishing with a beautiful young lady fisherman here is where to go.
1. Get on YouTube. 2. Type "Shimano TV" into the search box. 3. Click on the box that says "Channel" 4. Click on the box that says "Playlists" 5. Click on DokiDoki channel and scroll down to episode #26. You will learn a lot. I don't speak Japanese, but you don't have to. I would really like to have the Shimano rod that she is using! Notice how long of a rod she is using on such a small stream, and that a tiny young lady can one hand a 6 meter rod! For a bonus after watching this video go down to episode 22 to check out Ayu fishing! It is on my bucket list. Now how to figure out how to pay for a trip to Japan!

Keiryu is a fascination all unto its own. Expand your toolbox and give it a try. I have found my Suntech GM Suikei Keiryu Special 44 to be a perfect cross-over rod. It fishes Tenkara very well with a level #3 line, and Keiryu with the "Keiryu Rig" from Chris with the rod set at 44. My preferred baits so far have been red wigglers and Mummy Worms. I have fished with shrimp as well. Tight lines!

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Apr 14, 2017
My favorite Keiryu line
by: Les Albjerg

With so many options, I would like to share my favorite line that I have constructed(for my 36, 40, 44 zoom rod). Begin with making an "Easy Lillian Connection." (See March 1st post on this blog on how to make.) I have some of the #1 Tenjo line, but I am sure the new 1.5 would work just as well. I use 1 meter of this line. I use an improved clinch knot for all of my knots. I tie in a tippet ring at the end. For my main line I use 15 pound hi-vis Yellow Power Pro. It is only .19mm in diameter. It is very slick and made with spectra fiber. I use 2.5 meters of this line, and tie it to the tippet ring. At the terminal end, I tie a #20 snap swivel at the end. I don't know anyone else who does that, but sometimes that is the only weight I have on my line. Most of the time I fish with snelled eyeless hooks that I have pre-made with 6x - 8x fluorocarbon. These are 18 inches long and can be easily shortened if I need to. I use 3 Owner Pro- Markers. With the highly visible line and the markers even a 60 plus year old dude like me can see the line! I carry several different lengths of 5x extenders with small loops on both ends if I am going to fish at 40 or 44 exclusively. It is easy to extend the length of the line by doing a loop to loop connection. I use the least amount of split shot to get my bait where I want it. I didn't realize it, but I was following the wisdom taught in the "Tenkara in Focus Download." In several of the areas I fished on my spring creek in February I caught several trout in the same area by running my mummy worms through at different depths by varying the weight.

Making up Keriyu lines is relatively easy and fun. Give it a try. My only warning which is one that Chris passed on to me, is if you experiment with some of the new high tech thin strong lines, make sure you have a tenjo section at the top that is weaker than what your rod is rated for to protect the rod!

Apr 14, 2017
5X extenders
by: Chris Stewart

Where in the line do you add the 5X extenders?

Apr 14, 2017
by: Les Albjerg

I add them to the hook and then just reattach to my line via the swivel.

Apr 14, 2017
Revised Version - Maybe Improved!
by: Les Albjerg


I just made up two loop to loop extenders out of Sunline 1.0 Tenjo line. Since my Lillian connector is a loop, I made a loop in the top of my line and simply took the lillian connector off added my extender with a loop to loop and reattached the lillian connector with a loop to loop. I lawn tested it and it worked great.

By the way, getting a Diawa Figure 8 tool is well worth the $30.00. You can tie small loops, and tie them much faster and easier with the tool. I never could tie really small loops, now I can. I don't know why I waited so long to get one.

I think by adding at the top it will be much quicker to change lengths, and you don't have to mess with the business end of the line. I also have attached lillian connectors to my extenders, so now I just have to take the lillian connector off the mainline and do a loop to loop and I am all set!

I will field test this weekend.

Apr 18, 2017
Tenjo extenders
by: Les Albjerg

I had a "many" fish day yesterday afternoon with my Suntech Keiryu Special 44. I made the line for the 36 setting and then made two tenjo lines for the 40 and 44 setting. It was much easier adding to the top rather than extending the length of the tippet. The Sunfish were hungry. Changing with a loop to loop connection is easy and fast.

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