have gotten emails from several customers concerned that their packages
have been lost because they are late and/or tracking data shows them to
have been in the Jersey City sorting facility for days.
Those packages are now moving. Most have been delivered already.
understand that shopping online this year has been unprecedented, and the
USPS, UPS and FedEx are trying to run beyond their capacity. In the 10
years I have been shipping packages, (thousands and thousands of
packages), the USPS has NEVER lost a Priority Mail package, and has lost
only two or three First Class packages. Please be patient. Your
packages will arrive.
Fine Mode Kosansui
by Jimi Fly
(Somewhere in Missouri )
Took my new Fine Mode Kosansui 450 out to fish my local stocked spring. There were a lot of fish stacked up everywhere, some big some small. I got a ton of fish to chase my kabari but only one taker in 4 hours. I landed this one and hooked and lost another 4.
This rod is way bigger than I thought. As with most of Tenkara Bum rods big or small landing fish never seems to be a problem. I've caught big trout on Kiyotaki's and tiny chubs on the longer rods. Fine Mode Kosansui is a very nice super long rod. It's a bit on the heavy side but I had no problem casting it all day one handed. The fish I did land put a nice bend in the rod but there was a ton of reserve power from the feel of it.
The tip section on Fine Mode Kosansui is very thin and sensitive, almost unbelievably thin. Compared to my Kiyotaki I think the tip on the Fine Mode is thinner.
I have to say all the fish I hooked were hooked by sight rather than feel, which at 30 or so feet gets a bit difficult. I just had trouble feeling takes with all that line out there. I fished a line that was way too heavy and even tried some pretty large bead heads on it and there didn't seem to be any problem with the added weight.
I would say after casting 23 feet of line with it that 30 feet would be possible. I'm not a big rod or a long line guy but the Fine Mode Kosansui is an awesome piece of machinery. I can't wait to take it out on some lakes this summer with a floating line it should excel. I also spent a good part of the day casting dry flies with a long line and this rod just lays them out there like........well, like flies.
Thanks again Chris for yet another great rod.
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