Keiryu Starter Kit

I have decided to discontinue the Keiryu Starter Kit. It has turned out that having kits is an inventory nightmare. The same rod was sold as part of the kit and separately as just a stand alone rod. I continually had to make accounting changes to move rods into or out of kits to try to make sure both the kit and the stand alone rod were available (and that was impossible when the inventory got down to just one rod). It had to be done manually and I got too busy to do things that don't absolutely have to be done.

The components of what had been the Keiryu Starter Kit are available by following these links:

Nissin 540 ZX Medium keiryu rod (not in stock, but can be ordered)

One package (one pair) of Tenkara Line Holders.

One package of Owner Keiryu Rigs.

Many people have told me that they'd like to try tenkara or keiryu or microfishing but they want to try it without spending a lot of money up front. That pretty much means a less expensive rod and a simpler starter kit.

Keiryu Starter Rod - Nissin 540 ZX Medium

For the Keiryu Starter Kit I chose the Nissin 2-Way 540ZX medium rod. It's a very capable rod that won't break the bank. It is a good size for medium sized streams, and adequate for small rivers. If you decide you like keiryu fishing, you will eventually want a longer rod.

Owner Keiryu Rigs (package)

The Owner Keiru Rigs come with two complete keiryu lines, which include the upper portion of the line (tenjo), the lower portion of the line with markers already attached, and a snelled hook. Two extra snelled hooks and six split shot are included (I have replaced the lead shot that came in the package with lead-free Dinsmore's BB shot).

One of the things I particularly like about the Kieryu Rigs is that the upper portion of the line is hi-vis. The lines have markers that will signal a strike, but having the upper portion of the line being hi-vis makes it much easier to find the markers after you have made your cast. I've tried a number of different line systems now and I definitely prefer having a hi-vis tenjo line.

Attach the line to the rod using the same method shown on the bottom of my Level Line page. The arbor knot (sliding loop) is already tied in the end of the tenjo line.

Owner does not call them "Keiryu Rigs." They refer to the item as the Yamame Amago "shikake" (which Google translates as "widgets"). Somehow widgets isn't quite descriptive enough, so I am happier calling them keiru rigs.

Meiho hibi Maru line holders

The Nissin 2-Way 540ZX can be fished at two lengths, making it very reasonable to have lines of two lengths already prepared and easily accessible.

The card that the rigs come wound on could be used a line holder, but it is much more convenient to use a Tenkara Line Holder when moving from one spot to another. As with a tenkara rod, you can collapse the rod and leave the line still attached. The center hole of the Tenkara Line Holder is large enough to slide over the tip of the Nissin 2-Way 540ZX.

The lines come completely prepared (except for the split shot which you will have to affix yourself). However, I do think you might want to shorten one of the lines for fishing in a smaller stream with the rod at its shorter length. The package says the rigs are intended for a 4.5m rod, but the complete line is a full 4.7m long.

Rainbow trout in net

Most of the literature I have seen on keiryu fishing and keiryu lines suggests the total line length, rod tip to hook, is generally shorter than the rod length. For my own fishing I have certainly found that a line a bit shorter than the rod produces better drifts. I believe the rigs are definitely long enough for a 5.4m rod and are longer than I would want when the rod is at its shorter 4.9m length.

Rainbow trout showing typical hook location

It seems everyone first starts fishing with bait, then moves to spinning gear and many then go on to flies. In a sense, keiryu fishing brings people full circle. (And a large number of the people who have gone full circle have written in to thank me for it.)

A large measure of the popularity of tenkara is because it is simpler than fly fishing. Once you learn to set your markers to control your depth, Keiryu fishing is even simpler.

I find it to be a very pleasant and extremely effective way to fish. And just as I've found that I catch more fish with tenkara than I did with a fly rod and reel, I catch more with keiryu than I do with tenkara.

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