I have gotten emails from several customers concerned that their packages have been lost because they are late and/or tracking data shows them to have been in the Jersey City sorting facility for days.

Those packages are now moving. Most have been delivered already.

Please understand that shopping online this year has been unprecedented, and the USPS, UPS and FedEx are trying to run beyond their capacity. In the 10 years I have been shipping packages, (thousands and thousands of packages), the USPS has NEVER lost a Priority Mail package, and has lost only two or three First Class packages. Please be patient. Your packages will arrive.

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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“The bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweetness of low price is forgotten” - Benjamin Franklin

"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

As age slows my pace, I will become more like the heron.


The hooks are sharp.
The coffee's hot.
The fish are slippery when wet.

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