Daiwa LT39SF / Daiwa Kiyose 30SF

by Chris Schatte

Just returned from a recent fishing trip. Fished my Daiwa LT39SF and Kiyose 30SF rods for the first time. I usually fish my Amago and Iwana at this river since it can go from small with lots of overhang to wide open areas with lots of casting room.

In comparing the Amago vs the LT39SF, the Daiwa turned over the line much easier no matter the size of the fly. Also, I love the feel when landing a fish. The flex action was less than the Amago and made it easier to guide the fish into my net. Fishing with the Hi-Vis line and 4-6 ft of tippet was much easier with my LT39SF than with the Amago.

Found my new favorite shorter rod in the Daiwa Kiyose 30SF vs the Iwana. Much lighter and quieter. I fished this rod with a 12 ft line and 2-5 ft of tippet in the tight places. Easy to cast sidearm then high stick the float. Caught many fish this way.

Overall, I was very impressed with both rods, and they have become my new "go to" rods!

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