(North Salem, IN, USA)
I have fished over a dozen times with the Daiwa Sagiri and I am quickly finding it my rod of choice for small stream fishing. It's ability to cast light lines so well makes it ideal for the smaller fish I find in small streams. I find I can cast more smoothly and accurately with it than any other rod I have tried. I can control the line so well that I can do quite well casting in and under brush and trees. I am surprised how well I can cast into the wind with a light line using the Sagiri.
The telescoping handle is wonderful for reaching out farther when the stream widens out. The lack of a cork handle is not an issue for me at all. I actually think I prefer it as it is.
I don't have access to trout streams so I am mostly fishing for bluegill, green sunfish, longear sunfish. The Sagiri is light enough to make catching these small fish a lot of fun. I have caught a few smallmouth bass 6 to 8 inches and it works wonderfully for them. The biggest fish I have taken was an 11 inch largemouth bass. The Sagiri was under powered for a fish of that size, the rod bent down to the handle. I held the rod steady and gave the fish a little when I needed to and was able to land him.
For pond fishing, where the fish are larger and I am likely to hook bass, I will stick with my Amago (I have taken largemouth bass as big as 17" with it). When I head for a stream I will be taking the Sagiri.
The tough little 9' Soyokaze is still the rod tight spaces, I love it as well.
“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
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