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Nissin Fine Mode Kosansui 270

by Chris
(Calgary, AB, Canada)

Arctic Grayling (released)

Arctic Grayling (released)

I have used the Nissin Fine Mode Kosansui 270 for two fishing seasons for work and it excels at small streams. I have mainly cast dry flies (size 14-16 Adams and caddis) but have also tried the dry with a 18 baetis just under the film. The 270 allows for manipulation of the flies while keeping most of the line out of the water and also drag-free drifts when situations arise.

The 270 is light-weight and a joy to cast all day. I've caught multiple Athabasca Rainbow Trout, Arctic Grayling and most recently landed my smallest fish with it as well.

A great all-around small-stream rod.

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Aug 27, 2015
Update: more fishing time with the 270
by: Chris S

Well, I spent another week with this rod as well as the 12 ft Iwana.

I use the longer rod where our sampling sites are open and there is room to cast; I use the 270 where the streams are smaller, overgrown and have a fair amount of large woody debris piles.

My thoughts are the same: the 270 is a joy to use all day! I switch arms regularly, either when I get too focused and my right hand gets tingly or where the situation requires a modified cast. Either way, this rod is my favourite.

While a nice rod, the Iwana at 12 ft feels heavy and less balanced (it is still lighter than a conventional rod and reel) but with a 10-11 ft section of 3.5 level line and a few feet of tippet, casts do not feel effortless. And after a while i find i'm switching arms more often than with the 270. Maybe i just need more conditioning! But seriously, it feels heavy and over a long day and literally hundreds of casts, that takes it's toll.

Humbly yours

Chris S

Jan 02, 2020
Great small stream rod
by: Manny D

This rod is my first Tenkara rod. Have fished with it for 3 years. Easy to use, plenty of backbone for 7-12" fish. I primarily fish the small laurel and tree covered streams of the Shenandoah Valley in central VA (no finer place for native bookies). Have fished dries, swung wets and nymphs with this rod and it performs well for each application. Recommend 3-3.5 high vis line and 4 or 5 x frog hair tippet. Highly recommend this product.

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