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First time out with my Kiyotaki 24 rod

by brad

I took my new kiyotaki 24 rod out for the first time today. I used Chris’s recommendation on how long to make my 3.5 level line and tippet. I went one foot longer than rod for the level line and around a 3’ tippet. It took a while to figure out the right casting stoke. But what a fun little rod. I caught 6 small pan fish and two fingerling bass. I caught all on the fly I made out of the One Fly Mini Kit Little Dark Kebari Chris included with the rod. Thank you Chris for all your help!!

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Dec 30, 2013
You're hooked
by: Anonymous

Next you will want to get more reach on your casts (longer rod). Then you'll want to catch bigger fish - like carp (bigger rod). And then you'll want to upgrade to the oh so nice models ($$$). Welcome to the club!!! I started with one rod. Now Chris has sold me more than several. And I love them all!!!

Dec 31, 2013
i have two other rods
by: brad

I have two other rods already. First I bought a Fountainhead 12' caddis, and I picked up a used Yamme in 12' 6:4 action. I thought the 24 would a fun little rod for bluegill and tight small streams.

Jan 04, 2014
Furled leader
by: brad

I went to another city lake today. No fish but I tried a 10.5' furled leader and 3' of 6x tippet on my Kiyotaki 24 rod. It cast it better than the 8' 3.5 level line.

Jul 08, 2015
Kiyotaki 24
by: Brad

I have had one of these rods for over a year now. What a blast to fish with. Looking forward to more post. And yes you will want a longer rod. But for now just go out and have fun with the one you have. Welcome to the Tenkara family!!

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