The Micro Fishing Kit is packaged for tanago fishermen in Japan. It includes a complete rig:
- a 2.1m line
- a float (top color could be chartreuse, orange or red - bottom color is always black)
- six hi-vis marker beads (very sensitive indicators that go on the line beneath the float to show if a fish has taken your hook and is swimming to the side without taking the float under)
- tippet connector (clever piece of gear that allows you to connect the very fine snell from the hook to your main line without having to tie a knot in the thin snell)
- two snelled tanago hooks (one on the pre-rigged line and one spare)
- microshot sinker
- plus a line winder to hold the rig when not in use (does not fit in Tanago Tackle Box).
The line is set up for a 2.7m (9') rod but also comes marked in case you want to cut it to 2.4m (7'8"), 1.8m or 1.2m to use with a shorter rod.
The rod is not included in the kit.
If you decide you really like micro fishing, eventually you will want to buy more hooks, more floats and some #10 split shot and some light tippet for micro fishing line but the kit isn't a bad way to get started.
If you have a preference for the color of the float top, please enter it in the box before clicking on the Add to Cart button. The choices are red, orange or chartreuse. Your desired color might be sold out so the choice is not guaranteed.
This video shows the benefit of having the little brightly colored beads on the line beneath the float. They clearly show when a fish has taken the bait and swims to the side. A float by itself only moves if the fish takes the bait and goes down, pulling the float under, or moves far enough to the side to pull the float sideways. The beads show sideways motion immediately.
Within the first 20 seconds of the video, you can easily see the beads (called markers) pulled to the side. If you watch the full video, which is basically the same thing over and over, you will see several catches where the markers moved but the float didn't.
In conditions like where the video was shot, the float really isn't the strike indicator. The float just holds the markers in a position where you can easily see any movement.
Realistically, markers under the float are useful only if there is minimal glare so you can see into the water, and where the current is slow enough that any movement in the markers has to be a fish rather than a rock on the bottom or just a current differential.
Still, where you can see them, they'll prove to be the most sensitive strike indicator you'll ever use.
I don't want to make fun of bass fishermen (at least not too much). Many are good old boys who would give you the shirts off their backs if you needed it. But I am convinced that the reason they need a pickup truck is to carry their tackle box. This box, in contrast, is micro sized - it measures 4 1/8" by 2 1/2" by 1 1/4". I call it the Tanago Tackle Box. It will hold the bamboo line winders (but NOT the winder for the Micro Fishing Kit shown above), plus some extra hooks and sinkers, and perhaps even some micro fishing flies.Tanago Tackle Box (just the box - kit, floats, hooks, etc. sold separately) - $5.50
Domestic shipping is $4, via USPS First Class Mail (unless ordered with an item that must go via Priority Mail, and which has a higher shipping charge).
The charge for international shipping depends on the destination country, the weight of the package, the overall length of the package and the value of the package.
| I fished the micro kit with a tiny piece of worm. It worked great. The colored indicators really helped, most of the stikes, the micro float never even moved. There were two other guys fishing with golf ball sized bobbers, and they were amazed (and frustrated) that we were catching fish left and right.
Dylan R, New Jersey