Gamakatsu Micro Fishing Rigs

The Gamakatsu Micro Fishing Rigs are packaged for tanago fishermen in Japan. They include a complete rig:

  • A line (either 210cm or 240cm). I would recommend the shorter line if you are using the Daiwa Hinata 5' rod, and the longer line if you are using a Nissin Hakubai 240 rod or longer.
  • A hi-vis float.
  • Five hi-vis marker beads (very sensitive indicators that are on the line beneath the float. They 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).
  • Lead sheet to use for a sinker.

The rig comes on a foam line winder.

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 to make your own rigs. The Gamakatsu Micro Fishing Rig is a nice way to get started, though.

Gamakatsu Micro Fishing Rig 210cm - $6.50
Gamakatsu Micro Fishing Rig 240cm - $6.50

There is a tremendous benefit in having little brightly colored markers 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.

In many cases, the float really isn't the strike indicator. The float just holds the markers in a position where you can easily see any movement.

However, 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 will prove to be the most sensitive strike indicator you'll ever use. Polarized glasses are highly recommended.


Domestic shipping is via USPS Ground Advantage. Rates are $5.00 for packages that weigh up to 4 ounces and $6.00 for packages that weigh over 4 ounces. The charge is added to your order automatically.

Please note: All packages are shipped via USPS. If you have a PO Box, please list ONLY the PO Box in your address, not the PO Box and your street address.

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.

International shipments

International purchases may be subject to import duties and taxes. I cannot keep track of all import regulations in all countries written in all languages. Understanding and paying import duties and taxes is the responsibility of the buyer. no longer ships to the EU, the UK or Russia.

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I fished the micro kit with a tiny piece of worm. It worked great. The colored indicators really helped, most of the strikes, 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.

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