by Roger Hall
I fished a Daiwa Sagiri 54MC today, out of production but regularly available on Ebay. I have had mine for about 3 years but have not used it much.
Today on the Potomac I was fishing ants to surface feeding trout. Using a 16' 3.5 line a 3 feet of 6x tippet with an ant parachute size 16 fly it was like throwing popcorn to a guy with the munchies.
So I hooked about 12 and managed to snag (in the upper lip) 8 brown ranging in the 14-16 inch bracket and the rod handled them with aplomb.
I also hooked up with a rainbow that felt bigger but I lost him in the fast water and it was my fault because I was holding the rod tip too high and he broke off.
All the others were fought semi horizontal with a full bend to the rod and no breakoffs. It was a great 1 hour of action. The rest of the day was passable with about another 10 landed using a Shimano Mainstream ZL.
I am really liking these 5:5 rods and they really do have tremendous fish fighting abilities.
“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
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