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Fly Spoon Rod - The Suntech Genryu Sawanobori 45

by Les Albjerg
(Caldwell, ID)

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.

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Sep 26, 2018
What stream
by: Greg

Hi Les,
I read a lot of your comments on the site. I live in Boise and would love to know what streams and rivers you are spoon fishing, worm fishing, etc.

I'm new to all of this, and could use your expertise and help to get my boys interested.


Sep 27, 2018
Fishing is Everywhere!
by: Les Albjerg

Greg - There is good fishing all around the Boise area. When I worked in downtown Boise, I often fished from the Broadway Bridge near Boise State upstream. Fishing is good all the way down to Middleton. I often fish Wilson Springs ponds and Wilson creek. All three forks of the Boise River are good fishing. Grimes and Mores Creek are good right now. Moving a little further from Boise, the tailwater below the Owyhee Dam is awesome. People drive from all over the United States to fish that water. One of my personal favorites, but it is a drive, is the Salmon River near Stanley.

Idaho Fish and Game is a great place to explore fishing possibilities. I would recommend spending some time on their website.

Sep 27, 2018
Contact me
by: Chris Stewart

Greg, contact me through the "Contact Us" page. Les wants to reach out to you but I would need your email address (not here - on the contact us page).

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