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Keiryu Trip

by Jared K

This weekend was my first attempt at keiryu fishing. At first, I was throwing the nymphs off every few casts because I was trying to cast the keiryu rig like a tenkara level line. Then I started casting with more of a lob or arc, and had much better success keeping the nymphs in place. I caught a few browns and 1 rainbow, so I know it works!

It was a lot of fun searching for stonefly and mayfly nymphs and not having to change flies to figure out what the fish were eating. My setup was a Daiwa Sagiri 39mc with an Owner 4.5 m keiryu rig and one bb shot. The rig was probably a little too long for my rod, but I didn't want to cut it down since I plan on using it on my Suntech Sukei 44 next. I think I will be keeping it rigged up and in my pack so it's ready to go anytime I want to switch from tenkara to keiryu. That's one of the many things I like about these rods, its easy to carry more than one with me!

I was impressed with how easy it was to see the yarn markers and it helped detect subtle strikes. The only downside I could see was having to reach into the cold water to get a nymph every time, I would like to get one of those wooden Japanese bait boxes, but I haven't seen any for sale lately. Please let me know if you know where I can get one.

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Oct 11, 2016
Nice fish
by: Les

I am looking forward to trying Keiryu. Thanks for sharing your experience. I need to see if harvesting nymphs is legal in Idaho. I am going to use worms to begin with. I am a woodworker, so I would like to see what it would take to make the bait boxes you are talking about.

Oct 12, 2016
by: Dave

I just ordered a rod for Tenkara that is actually a keiryu rod! I have been toying with the idea of going all keiryu to switch back and forth. Your success is persuading me! Nice fishing.

Oct 12, 2016
Japanese wooden bait boxes
by: Herb S.

Chris had some bait boxes for sale at one time and as I recall they weren't cheap.

When Chris gets back from the Jam you might ask him if he can get more or where you can order 'em.

Welcome to Keiryu!

Oct 13, 2016
Wooden Bait Box
by: Timothy Nitz

I honestly don't remember if I bought mine from Chris or not, but I know not long ago there was one on eBay so you can keep checking there. I suspect the hard part of making one is finding the right species of well-seasoned wood. It violates about everything you've been taught about woodworking and yet mine has not warped or shrunk in a weird shape or anything. It's also not a burl or any apparent special part of a tree. I think it's a type of birch but that's a guess.

Nov 23, 2016
Your wish came true
by: Les A.

Thanks for the inspiration to make some bait boxes for Chris. It has been a fun and educational project.


Nov 23, 2016
Bait Box
by: Jared K

Glad to hear my story helped. I just ordered one of your bait boxes. I can't wait to get it! Thank you!! And thanks to Chris for having this great site and bringing us awesome products.

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