Keiryu or Seiryu?

by Nathaniel
(Davenport, Iowa )

The past few days, I've been fortunate enough to go fishing. I received a new rod for Christmas. It's called the Shimotsuke Aomine. It's a 3.9 meter rod with a strange action. The rod only bends in the four feet from the tip, but those sections are the softest I've ever felt. The blank is a dark brown that appears black when it's not in light, but glows in the sun. The ends of the sections are finished in orange and gold. I took it out to a large stream near a river, and the rod handled beautifully with a 5x main line and a 6x tippet, along with a tiny ice fishing float and a split shot, though even a BB sized shot feels like too much weight. I snelled a Gamakatsu Amago hook to the end and fished with a maggot. I've been skunked every time I've gone out, but the rod is so much fun that I enjoyed those fishless days. I plan on using a 6x main line and 7x tippet the next time I go out, with an even smaller float and a strip of lead foil. I don't know if this is Keiryu or Seiryu, but it sure is fun!

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