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by Les Albjerg
(Caldwell, Idaho)

Yes, I am an enthusiastic customer of TenkaraBum. Maybe I blog too much here. Several of my co-workers who I have handed out cards to have spent time on the TenkaraBum website, and I have been accused of being a shill! I am 99.9% sure that I get the same deals here that anyone else does. Chris has never asked me to write a review or promote one of his products. The only thing outside of the norm is that he has asked for some nice pictures of Steelhead caught with the Kyogi. I still haven't fulfilled that request. I have tried!

I just got my "Black Friday" rod the Daiwa Sagiri 45. This is a high value rod for the money. I am excited because my son, who has borrowed several of my rods, bought his first fixed line rod, a Daiwa Sagiri 45! I am enthusiastic when I see my son going fishing on his own because he loves fixed line fishing! His rod should be coming today or tomorrow. Mine came Monday. We spent the evening last night making up a couple of lines, getting him outiftted with tippet, a set of flies, accessories, red wiggler set-ups, as well as going over care instructions. On his suggestion we turned on the flood lights in the backyard for some casting practice! Yes, I am thrilled!

This is a very nice rod at its price point. There are several things different than other Daiwa rods. It does not have the machined rings in the butt ends like many of their other rods. As you look it over, it doesn't have the finish of a Suntech. It is a nice looking rod, but you can see where they have saved money. It does not have the Diawa "Spiral Technology" that you find in the Seiryu X rods. What it does have is a very very nice feel when casting. It has a great zoom feature. I really like the way Daiwa has put a secondary ring in the butt to capture the collapsed section when fishing at the shorter length. It feels more secure than the other zoom rods that I have that used an extension on the end plug with O-Rings. I am really glad that Chris has been able to bring this rod back. The way this zooms you really are getting two rods for the price of one!

Saturday morning is something I am looking forward to. My son John and I will be fishing our Sargiri rods together at one of the ponds. I'm thinking of going to the one by his house since I have never fished it before.

I am an enthusiastic customer of this site because only here gives me choices and an email to Chris gives informed advice. I have one major hole in my rod lineup. TenkaraBum has NINE rods that will fill that hole. That doesn't include special ordering either! The price range goes from $145.00 - $385.00. After a few emails about my fishing, Chris gave several recommendations to narrow the field. Interestingly, he never recommended any of the more expensive rods. That is customer service.

I have learned the way to overcome the disadvantage of fixed line fishing is to have a variety of rod lengths. Several times while fishing with my friend Geoff, I have pulled out a longer rod, and with my set-up I was able to get my fly out further than he could. I won't extol all the advantages of fixed line fishing here. Every time out this year, I have out fished Geoff! You need to check out the video in the middle of the write-up on "The Nissin 2-Way 450ZX" titled "Colorado River."

The only thing I get from Chris Stewart is great service and support. I believe that is true of all his customers. In the spirit of Thanksgiving and the Holiday Season - Thank you Chris, you go above and beyond!

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Nov 29, 2017
No special treatment
by: Chris Stewart

Les, you absolutely do not get any special treatment, but if it would make your co-workers feel better I could start charging you extra!

Nov 29, 2017
Keep posting
by: David Riley

I enjoy every one of your posts and interesting replies that they generate so KEEP POSTING. I live in the UK and have never seen many of the species you catch, even so I learn a lot.
Hope you have many more purchases and catch even more fish.
Tight fixed lines.

Nov 29, 2017
by: Hoppy D

But only guilty of exhibiting exuberance.

"Saints have no moderation, nor do poets, just exuberance." ~~Anne Sexton

And within every fisherman there resides the soul of a poet. (No sainthood for you yet, Les. Ha!)

Nov 30, 2017
Mea Culpa
by: Herb S.

Les, we’re all guilty of exuberance and are victims of fair, honest dealing and great products. Yes, Chris is guilty of providing top quality products and fiendishly testing them all and worse, telling the truth. Then we get the products and craftily post our findings. It’s a conspiracy!
Why just last spring I ordered a rod that turned out to be way too soft (for me), sent it back and ordered another rod that I greatly love. Chris devilishly took the soft rod back with no questions. I then posted several blogs about the second rod, waxing lyrical about it. I now see my complicity AND DON’T REGRET IT! You shouldn’t either.
Where else can you get superior products, backed by honest, fair dealing and fast service backed by a return policy like that? Where else can customers (we’re more than that) share their experiences, observations and ideas and get feedback in ongoing conversations? Not only that, this is almost too much fun!
So keep on posting, Les, and everybody else, too.
Oh yeah, and thanks, Chris!
Happy fishing,

Nov 30, 2017
Returns and exchanges
by: Chris Stewart

Since Herb mentioned exchanging a rod, I feel the need to remind people that the plastic shrink wrap covering the cork grip on a new tenkara rod must still be in place on any returned rod. Without that shrink wrap the rod is a used rod and cannot be returned.

Nov 30, 2017
Special Treatment
by: Les Albjerg

First off - Chris gives everyone special treatment!

Herb - I have bought one rod that I considered returning. It is the Suntech Genryu Sawanobori 45. It has become one of my favorite specialty rod. When the wind is howling, I can cast a furled line into the wind because this rod has power! I bought it as a wind rod. It does what I thought it would. The BIG PLUS is that this is just an awesome spoon rod. It can handle the 2.5 gram Crusaders like a dream. I went "down under" and ordered some 2 gram spoons from Tasmania that are designed for trout fishing. It handles them like a dream as well. The third thing this rod excels at is Czech nymphing and streamers.

If you are looking for a great spoon rod, check out the Suntech Genryu Sawanobori line. And they are a beautiful rod as well!

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