Shimotsuke Kiyotaki rods - amazing for small stream trout
by Pete (UK)
The city of Sheffield (UK) was once famed for its steel industry. I'm very proud of my Sheffield heritage but, such was the scale of the pollution in those times, when I was growing up here in the 60's and 70's there was a 'joke' that if you fell into River Don (the major waterway through the city) you would die from poisoning before you drowned.
There have been enormous changes since then. Sure, morons still throw garbage and shopping trolleys off bridges into the River Don, but the water is now crystal clear and wildlife is thriving.
Today I fished one of the Don's tributaries, the River Sheaf (from which the city takes its name) using a Shimotsuke Kiyotaki Keiryu rod. In its upper reaches the Sheaf is no more than a brook but it's obviously a great nursery for little fish to grow up in before migrating down–river to mix with the bigger guys.
I have the Shimotsuke 2.4 metre (8 foot) model and it worked beautifully on this narrow, tree-shrouded stream, but I think I'll soon be adding the 1.8 for even tighter situations.
It took me a while to get used to the narrow grip and casting this almost weightless rod with a Nissan 2.5 level line but once I did I had a blast. Even 'micros' put a bend on these rods!
“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
The hooks are sharp.
The coffee's hot.
The fish are slippery when wet.
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