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First time with the Kiyotaki

by Mike Schelp
(Gladstone, MO)

First fish, a bull Long Ear Sunfish

First fish, a bull Long Ear Sunfish

Being newly retired, I have decided to combine walking for my health and my love for fishing. I’ve been using a cheap “tenkara rod” on my hikes, though I do own a good tenkara rod for serious fishing. Today, though, my Kiyotaki arrived, and I took that with me. What a rod! I used an 8 foot furled line with about 4 feet of 6X tippet and a size 18 black Kujaku Kebari. On my first cast I caught a 3-4” male Long Ear Sunfish. Over the next hour and 3.75 mile walking, I caught around 25 fish, mostly Green Sunfish with a few Creek Chubs and Long Ears thrown in for variety. The largest was about 6” long and the rod handled it with no problems. It felt like it could handle a much larger fish. My next trip, I’m going to use about 10’ of size 3.5 level line and 4’ of 8X tippet. Time to bring out the TINY flies!

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Jul 09, 2018
Nice Fish!
by: Les Albjerg

I have a Kiyotaki 24 from back when Chris carried other lengths. It is an amazing rod, and a lot of value for the buck! On my first outing with mine, I was amazed at the lightness and power. Mike, enjoy your new rod, and keep those reports coming!

I continue to be amazed at how such a light rod can have so much power and sensitivity.

Jul 09, 2018
Red Bridge
by: Jeremy

At first glance, I thought you were fishing near Red Bridge in south KC. But the stream looks too small to be the Blue River. Do you do most of your fishing north of the river?

Jul 10, 2018
by: Kevin P Etherson

Hi Mike,
Enjoy your retirement and keep and fishing.
I'm amazed at how easy this type of fishing is.

Jul 10, 2018
Where I fish
by: Mike Schelp

I do most of my casual fishing north of the Missouri River, though i do fish south on occasion. I moved north in 2007, but before that, I fished some of the creeks south. The creek that flows by Shelter 1 at Swope Park just south of Oldham Road has Orange Throat Darters in it...or at least it did. 😏

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