Nissin Fine Mode 330

by Roger M Hall
(Almost Heaven)

I purchased this rod last summer from Chris and it has a superb slow and light action just perfect for fishing smaller streams between 10 and 40 foot wide, slow to moderately fast water.

Of course you sometimes need to wade very slowly and quietly to get into optimum position. Wading and stalking is something I have got a lot better at since I took up Tenkara. It casts like a feather and you cannot push the rod much. I like the rod with a 2.5 or 3 line of about 9-13 feet, then add tippet which is usually 6 or 7x.

I do not know how it would handle in a breeze as basically I consider it a full canopy tool and almost always use it with small dry flies.

The take and that first run is forever exciting with this rod but I have landed many fish over 10" with it and some probably bigger but they were quite a battle.

This is about the smoothest and gentlest rod I have and it gets picked up more than my 9'8" Kurenai or Oikiwa which are both outstanding rods.

I have several Nissin rods, the Pro-Square 2Way, and Air Stage, too. They are exceptionally well made.

On a calm day I may take it to a local Spring Creek in the Shenandoah Valley and see what it can do in one of the big holes with a small beetle or ant dry or maybe a Royal Kebari which has become my favorite wet fly in size 14.

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