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My New Keiryu Rod

by Kristine

I have been fly fishing and fly tying for over 35 yrs. In 2011 I read a Tenkara article written by Yvon Chouinard. This article inspired me to purchase my first Tenkara rod. I have had an awesome time fishing these rods ever since. I have a closet full of rods. Most of them sit because I just don’t like casting them. I have three rods that are my favorites. My all-round Tenkara Bum36. It will cast everything from a light nymph to a small hopper. I love my Nissin Pro Spec 2-way 360 for small stream fishing. And my Daiwa Keiryu 33 is used mainly to Czech nymph. This rod has caught everything from large trout to 2” bass. Its also great kids rod.

I have always fished the Daiwa Keiryu 33 as a tight line nympher. My niece used it to fish for Rock Bass and Small Mouth. About 2 months ago I decided to rig a Keiryu line for it. I read Chris’s article and made my line. My first outing with this set up was an eye opener. First of all I love the little yarn indicators. And they made it very easy to adjust them for different water depths. I had lots of takes but very few hook ups, which was frustrating. I also decided that I needed a longer rod. So I asked Chris a few questions and he had some very helpful answers. I decided to purchase a Tenkara Bum Traveler 44. He suggested that the softer tip might help me with my hook sets.

My first outing with this rod was awesome. My second cast produced this very nice Cutbow on a Utah Killer Bug and 6x tippet. I landed plenty of fish and I couldn’t be happier with my purchase. This rod is light and easy to cast all day. Needless to say I should have tried Keiryu fishing sooner.

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Nov 15, 2019
Nice report - great rod!
by: Les Albjerg

I find myself fishing the older version of the TenkaraBum Traveler 44 more and more. It is an awesome rod that's for sure! I guess I'm very much stuck on a 4 meter rod (I have 3 other 4 meter rods), and find myself fishing the Traveler 44 at the 40 length most of the time, but it sure is nice to be able to go longer or shorter with the zoom abilities of the TenkaraBum Traveler 44.

Next time out, if it is allowed, try a Red Wiggler or a Salmon Egg and one or two #10 split shot with your Keiryu set-up and you will really see those awesome little yarn flags do a dance!

Nov 15, 2019
Worms & Eggs
by: Kristine

Most of the rivers I fish are selective fisheries rules aka no bait. But I do use the "Eggie Juan Knobi", which is a San Juan Worm and yarn egg combo. The water temperature on the river I like to fish is dropping quickly. And the Eggie normally fools fish in the late fall and winter. Sunday I will test it on my new rod. Hopefully the yarn flags will dance!!

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