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Shimotsuke Kosasa 210

by Nathaniel

I received my Kosasa rod from Chris about a week ago. When I took it out of the package I was astounded. It was very light and super soft. Are you sure it's a 25-penny rod, Chris? It feel very light and had no problems moving a 9-foot size 2 line around in my basement(it's still winter in Iowa. The Kosasa looks like it will be a great rod for both tenkara and microfishing.

P.S. I have read about using cut-up soft plastics or small pieces of Powerbait on the tanago hooks. Does anyone have a good brand, size, or color for these as baits?

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Jan 11, 2014
Surprising Backbone
by: TenkaraBum


Once spring comes and you can get out fishing with the rod you will be surprised at how much backbone it has. The soft tip is very nice for flicking a light line and for playing with the little fish, but if you happen to hook a fair sized bass instead the rod can handle it.

Another thing you'll find is that it is much easier to cast a super light line indoors than outdoors. For some reason, the breeze always seems to be coming from the direction you want to cast.

For small plastics, try Little Atom Micro Noodles or ISG Micro Amoeba plastic baits. They are like 5/8" long by 1/16" diameter plastic worms. Cut off just the tiniest bit you can cut to put on just the tip of the tanago hook. I've only used the blood red, but it seemed to work well. I do have to say, though, that the tiniest speck of earthworm will work better.

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