Suntech Field Master
Suguru Long

The Suntech Field Master Suguru Long is a nice keiryu rod - light for its length and rated for 4X tippets. It is similar to the Suntech Kurenai Long in that it has a longer than normal collapsed length - 41 3/8 inches. However, if you do not backpack in to your fishing spots, and if you do not take multiple rods with you on the stream, the longer collapsed length may not be a disadvantage. It definitely yields a couple advantages.

First, with fewer sections, the rod is light for its length - or perhaps more accurately, light for its length and tippet rating! Suntech makes a few very light keiryu rods, but other than the Kurenai Long and the Field Master Suguru Long, the light rods all have lower maximum tippet recommendations.

Second, because longer tubes are easier to bend than shorter ones, and because every joint where two sections overlap there is a double thickness (which creates a small hard spot) a rod with fewer sections will have a smoother bend profile and smoother casting stroke.

Actually, there are two Suntech Field Master Suguru Long rod models. This page is for the H model. There is a also a 2H model, which is beefier overall, has a much thicker tip section and a slightly higher tippet rating. I have not yet had a chance to fish with the 2H model, but the specs are very similar to the Field Master Honryu (now discontinued) that I  used to catch small stripers in Massachusetts in 2016.

I would not call the 2H model a carp rod or a steelhead rod (see sidebar for a second opinion), but I suspect it could handle any trout you are ever going to hook. The largest trout I have caught with a fixed line rod was 22", and the rod with which I caught it was nowhere near as capable as the Field Master Suguru 2H 62!

"Suguru" written on side of rod.

Someone just studying Japanese may conclude that the rod is the Field Master English Long, rather than the Suguru Long. The character for "English" can also be read as "Suguru," a given name with the connotation of outstanding, excellent, or even blossom.

Small trout caught with FM Suguru Long
Another small trout caught with FM Suguru Long

Although the H rod is rated for 4X, and thus can be expected to handle slightly larger fish than most keiryu rods, it is still a fun rod with smaller fish. When I had the Field Master Suguru Long H 54 out on a stream I only caught a few small fish. They were fun to catch, but they did not come close to really testing the rod. They put a bend in the rod, it just wasn't be a very deep bend.

The second fish I hooked on the Field Master Suguru Long H 63.The second fish I hooked on the Field Master Suguru Long H 63.

With a larger fish you'll get a deep bend but will still feel very much in control. Well, I suppose it depends on how much larger the fish is. The first fish I hooked with the Field Master Suguru Long H 63 took off for the next county as soon as it felt the hook and my 5X tippet didn't even slow it down. Note to self: If you are fishing with a 4X-capable rod, on a stream known for larger fish, make sure the 4X tippet spool in your vest has more than a foot of tippet on it! Better yet, always have a second spool with you, just in case.

Long keiryu rods will protect light tippets, but they protect the tippet from a shock, not from a fish that is too strong to stop. Then again, this was the stream that my friend had in mind when he told me my "long rod, short line" approach did not work on big fish.

What he told me is exactly what I experienced: the rod tip will be too low, so if a large fish takes (particularly near the end of a drift) you will not be able to get the rod tip up high enough fast enough to preserve a bend in the rod. Even ERiK Ostrander's advice with respect to carp (You can't stop them but you can turn them if you hold your rod all the way over to the side) probably would not have saved me. It all happened much too fast.

One thing that may have exacerbated the situation was that I was fishing a very deep hole, and had moved my markers higher and higher, and higher before I started to feel the split shot ticking the bottom. It didn't even cross my mind to lengthen my line rather than raising my markers, but by the time they were set properly for the depth, my rod tip was definitely lower than it should have been.

Of course, had I lengthened my line I would have had to hand line a much larger fish than I ever had before. There is another reason (beyond getting great drifts) for the long rod, short line approach when fishing two handed keiryu rods. It is hard to manage a 20' rod one handed when using the other hand to hand line a fish - particularly a fish that could be large enough that you'd want to use 4X tippet!

Rubber worm hooked crosswise (wacky style).

From the comment about my markers, you can tell that I was fishing a keiryu line. That particular stream is artificials only, so I was fishing a Squirmito rather than a worm, but I rigged it essentially the same way (hooked lightly, once, in the middle). Yes, you can go through the trouble of tying a "fly" with the Squirmito material (San Ron Worm - style) but the fish don't care.

The state Game and Fish Department probably does, though! Hooked as shown, it would not be considered a "fly" and could not be used in Fly Fishing Only waters in any state. Some states would accept a Squirmito as a fly if it was tied on the hook with thread or wire, but some states would reject it because it is plastic rather than fur or feathers. Check your state regulations before fishing!

A number of long keiryu rods will work equally well as big-water tenkara rods, and truly, many will cast a light tenkara line very nicely. I think the Field Master Suguru Long H rods are better suited to keiryu than to tenkara, though. They will cast a line just fine, but there is enough inertia with the longer Suguru Long H rods, and enough of a tip flex action with the shorter 4.5m rod, that they don't quite have the action you would want for tenkara fishing.

If you are drifting weighted nymphs rather than casting frequently and manipulating the fly, as is common with Japanese tenkara, that is essentially keiryu fishing, and for that they are very well suited. Although I have not yet fished the 2H rod, I am certain that it would be better for keiryu fishing than for tenkara fishing.

Large trout caught with FM Suguru Long

In addition to being rated for tippets up to 4X, the H rods are also rated down to 8X. The rainbow pictured above, probably 13 -13 1/2" was caught on 8X tippet without a problem. The fish that broke my 5X like it wasn't even there must have been a very nice fish!

Smallmouth bass caught with FM Suguru Long

With 4X tippet, chosen more for abrasion resistance than for fish size, the Field Master Suguru Long H 63 proved to be a capable rod for smallmouth bass. The rod cast a size 6 Keeper Kebari very easily with a tenkara line cut from 0X Varivas Fluorocarbon tippet and TenkaraBum Tactical Nymphing sighter, and easily handled the 16-18" smallies I caught in Maine.

In the past, I have suggested a Suntech Keiryu Sawanobori as a nice rod for smallmouth bass. I think the stronger maximum tippet recommendation for the Field Master Suguru Long makes it a better choice. If the bass are large - or are largemouth and are around weeds or timber, the 2H would be a better choice than the H.

Suntech Field Master
Suguru Long Features

As with the Suntech Kurenai Long, the Field Master Suguru Long has a very long grip. The nonskid coating on the grip section is 15 3/4". I don't think it is absolutely critical that the upper hand is on nonskid coating when casting two handed, but it is a nice touch. Unlike the Kurenai Long grip, though, the Field Master Suguru Long grip continues the blue color scheme of rod.

Nonskid finish on grip section of rod.

The grip screw cap is plastic, is knurled for easy tightening and loosening, and has a rubber O ring, so it won't loosen by itself when you least expect it. There is a ventilation hole.

The rods have Fuji KTC rod caps rather than tip plugs. They are more secure and harder to lose, and I believe they are standard on all Suntech keiryu rods.

White paint on rod tip for visibility.

I have written a couple times of watching the rod tip for indication of a strike. You would do this are when your view is obstructed and you cannot see your markers or the end of your colored line if fishing with a hi-vis tenkara line. Fishing on the other side of a large rock or standing back from a steep bank are two situations where I have effectively watched the rod tip. The upper 5 1/2" of the Suntech FM Suguru Long is painted a bright white, providing a good contrast to the black paint on the rest of the tip section.

Suntech Field Master
Suguru Long H 45

Length extended – 14’ 9 1/2”
Length collapsed – 41 3/8”
Weight with tip cap – 3.0 oz
Weight without cap – 2.6 oz
Sections - 5
Tip Diameter – .7mm
Grip Diameter – 20.8mm
Tippet rating – 8X-4X
% Carbon – 99
Pennies - 29

FM Suguru Long H 45 - $190

Suntech Field Master
Suguru Long H 54

Length extended – 17’ 9 1/2”
Length collapsed – 41.3/8”
Weight with tip cap – 4.0 oz
Weight without cap – 3.6 oz
Sections - 6
Tip Diameter – .7mm
Grip Diameter – 21.8mm
Tippet rating – 8X-4X
% Carbon – 99
Pennies - 33

FM Suguru Long H 54 - $210

Suntech Field Master
Suguru Long H 63

Length extended – 20’ 9”
Length collapsed – 41 3/8”
Weight with tip cap – 5.3 oz
Weight without cap – 4.7 oz
Sections - 7
Tip Diameter – .7mm
Grip Diameter – 22.8mm
Tippet rating – 8X-4X
% Carbon – 99
Pennies - Too long to measure

FM Suguru Long H 63 - $240

Suntech Field Master
Suguru Long H 72

Length extended – 23’ 6”
Length collapsed – 41 3/8”
Weight with tip cap – 7.0 oz
Weight without cap – 6.3 oz
Sections - 8
Tip Diameter – .7mm
Grip Diameter – 24.0mm
Tippet rating – 8X-4X
% Carbon – 99
Pennies - Too long to measure

FM Suguru Long H 72 - $260


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Small trout caught with FM Suguru Long

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With the arrival of warm water I was finally able to test my Field Master Long on full sized fish. It didn't take long to hook this feisty carp. This was about the size fish I was hoping to use this rod for. And, it worked perfectly. The rod was long enough to position my bait perfectly, and had enough length and shock absorption to handle this ~20" carp with a 5 lb tippet. I am looking forward to catching more redhorse, suckers, moooneye and probably even trout!

Tyler W, Minnesota

31.5 inch chinook on the FM Suguru Long H 54 with 4x tippet. It'll do just fine with steelhead too.  The rod is really quite capable!

Sean W, Massachusetts

Hey, wanted to write and say thank you again. Went out today for one of the last days of our season here and the Field Master Suguru long 63 was awesome. I rigged it with 6' Tenjo, 12' 4x fluoro, 3' 5x fluoro and used a bobber. Winter fishing the Redacted River is high water and wind, so I generally catch nothing. The bobber and weight kept the line in the water nicely and the thin line kept wind drag to a minimum. Pulled out two fish today, 16" and an 18" redbands and the Suguru handled them perfectly. I know it doesn't sound like a big haul, but I've never done as well with tenkara on this river outside high summer. 

Thomas F, Washington