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Pond Hopping with the Shimotsuke Kiyotaki 24

by Stephen, Tampa, FL

First off, this is the best bang for your buck tenkara (or tenago) rod on the planet. Amazing tip flex action with enough back bone to put a whoopin' on some bigger subjects. Caught a slew of bluegill, small tilapia, and one cichlidae species that I wasn't familiar with. The rig consisted of 6' of 4.0 line and 2.5 feet of 6x tippet down to a killer kebari. Had an awesome time with an awesome new rod that will now serve a key role in my pond and small stream tool box.

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Jul 20, 2016
by: JJ Mathes

Very nice! I have a Kiyotaki 18, I used it last year for micro fish, this year I'm using it for wild baby rainbow and brook trout.

Jul 25, 2016
Love mine!
by: Chris Lynch

I have to agree that this rod is a crazy value. So light and compact, yet so fun to fish, and so cheap! I caught some small wild rainbows yesterday on mine.

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