(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.
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