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Nissin Flying Dragon 5.3

by Jared K

I had the opportunity this past weekend to fish at Boxwood Gulch, a private ranch known for extremely large trout. When I told my guide that I would be using a tenkara style rod, he told me he wouldn't recommend that because of the size of the fish and the heavy current. I told him this was not an ordinary tenkara rod, it was designed for carp but he was still skeptical. He said he would bring a fly rod for me to use just in case, and I agreed if I broke off I would switch to it.

He also recommended using 2 or 3x tippet. Since I already had a 4x Keiryu line, I just added 3x tippet. I knew if I broke off I would lose my whole line, except for the upper tenjo made from a 2.5 level line, but I didn't want to rerig.

Because of the swift current and deep runs, I was using 3 BB split shot and a weighted nymph to get to bottom. The rod had no problem casting this weight.

Soon I hooked up and we realized it was a big fish. He made many strong runs trying to get downstream, but every time I was able to turn him and keep him from going over the plunge into the next pool. I was in complete control the whole time and eventually I had a large rainbow in the net. My guide thought he was almost 10 lbs. I am not good at estimating weight, but I know it was the largest rainbow I have ever caught.

The rest of the day was filled with many memorable fish. Toward the end of the day I switched to a large Amy's ant dry fly and tungsten dropper, and surprisingly could cast it really well with the Keiryu line. Then I added a third fly, a killer bug and could still cast great.

At the end of the day, my guide told me he was very impressed with the rod and really enjoyed watching me fight those fish without a reel. I never broke the 4x on a fish, so I didn't use the fly rod all day.

It was an amazing day fishing and I think this rod made all the difference in handling these fish. I highly recommend it for large trout!

Comments for Nissin Flying Dragon 5.3

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May 16, 2017
by: John Evans

What beautiful fish! Don't know how you'd improve on that!

May 16, 2017
by: Les A.

Thanks for the great pictures and story. The carp rods are underrated and under appreciated, just like the fish. It was nice to see that the guide was accommodating. When steelhead fishing with a guide last November on the lower Salmon River, my guide highly restricted my use of the Kyogi 21 (six meter rod). The one fish I did get to the boat, was knocked off the hook by the landing net. Those are some of the most beautiful fish I have seen in a long time. Great job Jared.

May 16, 2017
5X tippet
by: Martin

Lost two good rainbows this past weekend because I was using 5X on my Amago. If I had 4X I might have had a better chance of landing them. Nice fish!!!

May 16, 2017
5X - 0X
by: Les A.

Martin - If you had been using a carp rod, you could have! The Flying Dragon is rated down to a 3X, the Red Dragon down to a 2X and the Kyogi down to a 0X! I can only speak for the Kyogi, but from Chris write-ups I think it is true for the other rods. These are sensitive rods too! I felt and caught a 4 inch cutthroat with my Kyogi on the Salmon River last month. Sure it was like taking a gun to a knife fight, but I detected the strike and had the thrill of landing the fish. I was hoping it was the subtle take of a steelhead.

These are not clubs, but very smooth rods with lots of backbone! They are a little heavier than other rods, but when it comes to feel, you are not at a loss with a carp rod! I can't wait to do some deep nymphing with mine.

May 17, 2017
by: craig

nice fish!
awesome place to have browns and rainbow hens of that size. you are very lucky to have been given this gift. treasure it.

May 17, 2017
by: Jared K

To echo what Les A said about them being sensitive rods, a few weeks ago when fishing for carp I felt the take of a small bluegill. It was still fun to fight him on this rod, because the upper sections are very flexible. It doesn't feel really stiff even though it's a 68 penny rod! Also if you ever want to fish this amazing place, give Trouts Fly Fishing in Denver a call, that is who we used and they were great guides. I don't think there is a self guided option for this water.

May 17, 2017
And take your carp rod!
by: Chris Stewart

Now that Jared has blazed the trail, the guides know that a carp rod can handle their big trout!

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