I have chosen to discontinue the Daiwa Seiryu X. The Daiwa Sagiri has very nearly the same bend profile, very nearly the same price and offers zoom capability. I will order the longer Sagiri rods to provide the full line of rod lengths.
Replacement parts for the Seiryu X are not in stock but they are available.
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.
The Seiryu X rods come in four lengths - the 35, 45, 54 and 64. As with
other seiryu rods, they are light weight, relatively soft rods (the 35
measures just 11 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 did get an email from a guy who said the Seiryu X 35 was OK for sunfish but not for 13-14" largemouth bass. I haven't caught any largemouth bass with any of the Seiryu X rods, but I'd have to agree that an 11 penny rod is not the rod I'd use if I was fishing for bass. It would make a great panfish rod, though! Of course, I later received an e mail saying the Seiryu X 35 handled a 14" largemouth bass just fine.
I think the Seiryu X 35 and 45 could prove to be excellent choices 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 most seiryu rods). 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 35 and 45 would also be excellent rods for Ultralight Worm Fishing.
The Seiryu X 54 and 64
could bridge the gap between seiryu, keiryu and tenkara rods. They will offer a very inexpensive
intro to fishing with the long rods - whether with a keiryu rig (very
light line, yarn markers, split shot and bait) or with a tenkara line
and either a weighted or an unweighted fly. A couple years ago, one of my customers considered starting a keiryu guiding service, and planned to use the Sieryu X in his business. It would have been a great choice but unfortunately his plans fell through.
For that matter, the 54 could bridge the gap between one-handed and two-handed casting. It is light enough to cast one handed, but it is a bit more comfortable (and easier on the wrist) to cast it with both hands. When you hook a big fish, you'll need to use both hands anyway.
If you are at all interested in keiryu fishing, particularly an extremely light line style approaching "zero" fishing, the Daiwa Seiryu X 54 and 64 merit serious consideration. Yes, they are seiryu rods rather than keiryu rods, but they will work just fine, they are rated for tippets down to 9X (1.6# test), which is as light as I feel is reasonable for anything more than minnows, and they provide a very inexpensive way to get started.
To date, few people in the US use seiryu rods with floats, but that is common in Japan. Owner makes two styles of float that are light enough to work quite nicely with seiryu rods, and sensitive enough to work quite nicely when fishing for smaller fish. The Acorn Floats work nicely in streams, while the Top Floats work nicely in still water.
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-12 fits the Seiru X 35. The KTC-16 fits the Sieryu x 45 and the KTC-20 fits the Seiryu X 54 and 64.
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