First time out: Shimotsuke Kiyotaki 18
by Jon C
Having been interested in dipping my toe into the Tenkara / fixed line fly fishing waters, I was pleasantly surprised when a Shimotsuke Kiyotaki 18 arrived on my doorstep as an early Father's Day present. With an already planned trip to coastal DE coming up quickly, I immediately contacted Chris / Tenkarabum to outfit my new rod.
Though my intention was to set up for a level line, tippet, and fly, Chris suggested I give the Marufuji Micro Fishing Kit a try. I placed my order for delivery to DE and looked forward to my first outing. With a good number of fresh and salt water opportunities available at my destination, I eagerly anticipated some relaxing, low-key fishing.
When it arrived I couldn't believe how dainty the fishing kit's bobber and hooks were. I attached the line to my knotted lillian, grabbed some Nikko Maggies I already had in my tacklebox (great for ultralight spin fishing, too!) and headed to small a golf course pond within walking distance from where we were staying.
First cast unbelievably hooked a tiny fish who sadly leaped back to safety as I tried to bring it in. Casts 2 and 3 produced the two fish found in the pictures above. Though not the tiniest fish, I couldn't believe how enjoyable it was to pluck these living jewels from the water. On my fourth cast, a much larger fish (thinking an over 6" bluegill) ripped the one of two hooks included in my kit clean off the line. Not wanting to press my luck any further, I called it a day.
Though my first outing was quite brief, I couldn't believe how much I enjoyed myself. My youngest boy was fascinated with setup and I anticipate having him give it a try, soon. Though I still intend to try some fly fishing with the little Shimotsuke, my first time microfishing was really a blast and I look forward to more trips in the near future.
“The bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweetness of low price is forgotten” – Benjamin Franklin
"Study to be quiet." - Izaak Walton 1653
"Be sure in casting, that your fly fall first into the water, for if the line fall first, it scares or frightens the fish..." Col. Robert Venables 1662
As age slows my pace, I will become more like the heron.
The hooks are sharp.
The coffee's hot.
The fish are slippery when wet.
Beware of the Dogma