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First time out: Shimotsuke Kiyotaki 18

by Jon C
(Manassas, VA)

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.

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Jul 08, 2017
The little guys!
by: Les A.

Thanks for sharing! I never thought I would enjoy catching little fish. I bought a Shimotsuke Kiyotaki 24 when Chris had them, and went micro fishing for the first time last fall. Who would have thought a 3-4 inch bluegill could be so much fun! Chasing different species has become interesting as well.

Jul 14, 2017
Go West, Young Man, Go West
by: Herb S. Shenandoah National Park and hit the many trout streams that are born from springs that begin just below Skyline Drive. That Kiyotaki 18 would be just right for the headwaters. Of course, if you're a native Virginian I don't have to tell you about that or the myriad of runs and creeks around Manassas where you can find more of those little (and not so little) fish.

Good report, Jon! Glad you discovered that micros, and minnows and young panfish and bass are almost too much fun! Welcome to the addiction.
Happy Fishing,

Jul 20, 2017
Thank you
by: Jon C.

Thanks for the comments, guys – Herb, I do know of quite a few fun little streams right around me, but always on the hunt for others. I need to spend more time out west, Passage and Cedar creeks are the only places I've fished there, outside of the Shenandoah.

Jul 22, 2017
VA Fishing
by: Herb S.

You're very welcome, Jon. My wife's uncle grew up on Cedar Creek, and it's the first stream I trout fished in the Old Dominion back in '69 just before my Army discharge. I spin fished with worms and caught breakfast.

Since then I've fished the North Fork of the Shenandoah many times over the years on short trips back to visit the kinfolks. The price of a non-resident annual trout stamp has kept me from trout fishing there except in Shenandoah National Park where a short term non-resident license is all that's required.

And speaking of the Park, Harry Murray wrote a very useful book,"Trout Fishing The Shenandoah National Park". He credits a young fisheries biologist in the Park for information on many of the streams. I met that young biologist, named Jim, in Michigan when he was assistant to our local Fisheries Biologist. I worked with both of them in my capacity of Resources Chairman of our local Trout Unlimited chapter when planning and doing stream projects. That was when Jim and I had hair! He went on to become the State Head of Fisheries. I'm still in TU and have to stick in a promo: Join Trout Unlimited! You'll be glad you did.

Happy Fishing,

Aug 15, 2017
by: Jon

I was thinking of moving to more of a Tenkara setup with a 2.5 level line and 5 or 6 tippet? Any thoughts on 2.5 line vs 3 or even 3.5 on Kioyaki 18? Was probably going to run 6-7 ft of line with 3ft of tippet, mainly fishing for 6" bass, sunfish, and (hopefully) some native brookies.

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