The Daiwa Seiryu X rods are surprisingly nice and surprisingly inexpensive rods for trout, panfish and larger micros. As their name suggests, the rods are seiryu rods, which in Japan are generally used to catch several species of relatively small fish that living at elevations too low for trout. However, some Japanese anglers do use seiryu rods for tenkara fishing.
When casting, the Daiwa Seiryu X rods feel much more like Japanese mid flex tenkara rods than many other seiryu rods do. You get a similar action in a much lighter rod - and at a much lower price because all the money goes into the blank, not an expensive cork grip.
other seiryu rods, they are light weight, relatively soft rods (the 45
measures just 13.5 pennies). However, there is one big difference. The
Daiwa Seiryu X rods are rated for 5X tippets - roughly 50% stronger than
the 6.5X tippets that are the maximum recommended for either the
Suntech Kurenai or the Nissin Air Stage Hakubai. Please see my note at the bottom of the page concerning tippet strength, though.
That doesn't make them big fish rods, but you can certainly catch bigger fish with 5X than you can with 6.5X. I know for a fact the rods are capable of catching fish larger than the chubs and dace that seiryu anglers catch in Japan. (That said, if you know a stream that has some nice creek chubs, these rods would be ideal.) Still, I wouldn't target large fish with any seiryu rod.
I think the Seiryu X 45 could prove to be an excellent choice for tenkara anglers who like the added sensitivity of a corkless grip and the light weight of a seiryu rod, but who wish that seiryu rods were mid flex (like a tenkara rod) rather than tip flex (like the Suntech Kurenai). The Seiryu X rods have much wider grips than the Suntech Kurenai or the Nissin Air Stage Hakubai, so even those people who generally add tennis racquet grip tape may not need to.
The Seiryu X 45 would be an excellent rod for Ultralight Worm Fishing.
The Daiwa Seiryu X grip is corkless and has an effective nonslip finish. The X's formed by spiral-wrapped graphite tape are clearly visible on the grip area.
They are also visible on the rest of the grip section. The X-wraps, which Daiwa calls "Braiding X," stiffen the grip section and help prevent twisting. In addition to the Braiding X, Daiwa uses a proprietary 45 degree bias-weave cloth to further reduce rod twist and thereby improve power, stability and performance.
Daiwa also machines rings into the butt end of the rod sections. These rings greatly reduce the chance of getting a stuck section and are found only on Daiwa rods.
The grip screw cap is knurled for easy removal or tightening and has a hole for ventilation. The tip plug is wooden, with a hard rubber extension that is inserted into the rod tip. The rubber is fluted, which allows you to insert the plug and still keep the line attached. The plug fits extremely tightly - too tightly, really - so I would not force it all the way in or you may have a hard time removing it. If you would like to replace the tip plug with a Fuji KTC rod cap, the KTC-16 fits the Sieryu x 45.
These rods - and especially at these prices - are likely to shake up the US tenkara market a bit. Light weight, mid flex "tenkara" action, 5X tippet capability and low prices. Daiwa has a winner in this one!
*without tip plug
14' 8 1/2"
**Seiryu rods are used in Japan to catch fish that don't get much bigger than 6". Japanese anglers do not break rods on 6" fish, so I am convinced that tippet ratings are no more than a rough guide, explaining what anglers generally use with the rod. I do not believe they are meant to state the strength of tippet that will break before the rod does.
That does not mean the rods are limited to 6" fish! It does mean the rods are not big fish rods.
Rods made in Vietnam