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Package pickup has
been suspended. My neighborhood post office is closed. I go outside as little as possible because I am in an "at risk" group.
TenkaraBum.com is still open, for now. Next shipments tentatively scheduled for Wednesday, April 8 (rain in the forecast).
Most international flights have been cancelled, so there is no ETA for out-of-stock items that come from Japan.
Fly Spoon Rod - The Suntech Genryu Sawanobori 45
by Les Albjerg
Tis the time for Rod reviews I guess. I notice that Chris has the Suntech Genryu Sawanobori 45 back in stock. I just read through the official review, and there is an important use of this rod missing - the awesome Diawa .4 gram Vega Spoons.
I was fishing a moderate current creek last spring and couldn't seem to get a trout to take anything. I was using the TenkaraBum 40, but just didn't have the control over the .4 gram spoon that I needed to precisely work the seams. I could see the fish, but in the colder water they were not moving a lot. They would show interest in the spoon, but I couldn't get any takers. I went back to the SUV and got out the Suntech Genyru Sawanobori 45 and fished it with a level size 4 line, 18 inches of 5x tippet one foot shorter than the rod. I was able to work the spoon within less than 2 inches of the nose of the fish, and it turned out to be a "many" fish day.
With fall in the air, nymph and spoon fly fishing is just around the corner. So, I would encourage you to read Chris' great write-up on the Suntech Genryu Sawanobori 45, and realize that it is an excellent spoon rod as well. It has a taper that give you great control, and setting power when the fish nails the spoon!
Lest I forget! The primary reason I bought the Genyru Sawanobori was to handle the winds of the West. It is my best wind rod. Chris' review doesn't talk about that excellent attribute either. If you are looking for a rod to handle the wind, look no further. It isn't my primary summer rod, but fall, winter, and spring, the Suntech Genyru Sawanobori is close by, and often my first choice.
“The bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweetness of low price is forgotten” – Benjamin Franklin
"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.
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