Nissin 450ZX medium
by Rob Y
(San Jose, CA)
I caught a few trout over the Presidents' Day holiday with my keiryu rod. Fish were holding near the bottom of a pool where the river transitioned from shallow riffles to deep slow water. I was in shadow against a granite wall, while the fish were in sunlight; it was a unique place to observe them without being seen, apparently.
I used a size 16 beadhead nymph and some tungsten putty about a foot above to get it down into the pool. The 4.5m reach came in handy. A rainbow hit first, and then a brown. These were the biggest fish I'd ever caught on tenkara or keiryu gear, maybe 14-15 inches, and the Nissin handled them well, not surprisingly.
Next day I caught another rainbow, and then hooked one of the larger fish, which made a run for it and broke my tippet. Wow ! I don't have much experience with big fish, and that monster probably wouldn't even have fit in my net :) Definitely exciting. I guess I need to read up about landing bigger fish ...
Click here to post comments
Join in and write your own page! It's easy to do. How? Simply click here to return to Your Keiryu Stories.
“The bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweetness of low price is forgotten” – Benjamin Franklin
"Study to be quiet." - Izaak Walton 1653
"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