have gotten emails from several customers concerned that their packages
have been lost because they are late and/or tracking data shows them to
have been in the Jersey City sorting facility for days.
Those packages are now moving. Most have been delivered already.
understand that shopping online this year has been unprecedented, and the
USPS, UPS and FedEx are trying to run beyond their capacity. In the 10
years I have been shipping packages, (thousands and thousands of
packages), the USPS has NEVER lost a Priority Mail package, and has lost
only two or three First Class packages. Please be patient. Your
packages will arrive.
(Calgary, AB, Canada)
I purchased the Kiyotaki 24 last year at the same time as the Fine Mode Kosansui 270; these were to be used for work where a 12 ft rod was too long for brushy streams or where a 12 ft rod just wasn't needed. My review of the 270 appears elsewhere in the reviews section.
This little rod (the Kiyotaki 24) packs down to a very convenient size and is a feather to hold all day. I used it with a rod-length (7 ft) of 3.0 line and a 1.5 ft of 5x tippet with mostly size 12-16 dry flies. It casts just right and you can be as surgical as you want with placement. I landed a half a dozen Athabasca Rainbow Trout from some extremely brushy/deadfall covered locations (see photos).
Casting is probably not the right word as there were not many spots to cast; dapping or lantern-fishing is likely what was done most of the time. I have no qualms calling it what it is - fun and getting paid (I'm a fish biologist) I'll call it whatever I want!
Due to the extreme woody debris cover, sometimes fish had to be pulled straight up and into a landing net for measuring prior to release. Not ideal for the fish or the intended use of the rod but innovative approaches were needed. The Kiyotaki 24 performed admirably and never once appeared to be under duress (fish sizes were under 180 mm (7 inches) but still put a bend in the rod!)
A great little rod everyone should have in their arsenal.
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“The bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweetness of low price is forgotten” - Benjamin Franklin
"Be sure in casting, that your fly fall first into the water, for if the line fall first, it scares or frightens the fish..." -
Col. Robert Venables 1662
As age slows my pace, I will become more like the heron.
The hooks are sharp.
The coffee's hot.
The fish are slippery when wet.
Beware of the Dogma