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Smile maker...

by Dennis
(Kansas City, MO)

Well the weather wasn’t the greatest; a front went through, mid 40’s, cloudy, steady 10mph breeze from the east. But I had to go try my new Daiwa Hinata 5' tanago rod, so I went to the lake with the dock I had planned going to anyway.

One thing I found out right away, cold fingers and tying knots in 2# tippet line can be trying.

All fish caught were the size pictured. Caught 2 or 3 on each of the flies, the first 3 were without the Unibobber and I didn’t know I had a fish on till I lifted the rod. In fact only 2 or 3 of all the fish I caught took the Unibobber under, most just moved it very slowly to the side, if at all. OK, the bare hook was for the cheddar cheese, who knew bluegills liked cheddar cheese – found no worms or crickets in December, imagine that. Sight fishing was with the cheese and that brought 10-15 fish to hand.

The rod, all the sensitivity I have in my Soyokaze I found in the Hinata but more so. It has a bendy tip section that never stops moving with a fish on. Only a couple of the “cold” fish caught made sort runs and I could feel the rod bend further then, it felt like all the way to the handle, not sure of it did but it felt like it. Now the surprise, you know how small “gills turn tight circles when caught, the Soyokaze would register that pull but my 5’ Hinata actually vibrated with each head turn and direction change. I wonder what the Japanese word for “smile maker” would be. Is it spring yet?


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Dec 10, 2012
Nice Catch
by: JDA

Looks like a great day on the water. Can I ask what size line, hooks and flies did you use.

Kind Regards,


Dec 10, 2012
Smile maker
by: Dennis


I stopped at a local fly shop on the way to the lake and picked up a spool of 7X and 8X tippet – I put 7X on the rod. Looking back, if I had thought ahead, I would of tied up a few flies on short sections of the 8X for a quick and easy fly change, especially in the cold and wind. I had the Micro Fishing Kit and some micro line I got from Chris but wanted to wait for much warmer weather to use them to chase some minnows.

The flies were: Griffith Gnat # 20, the real small one - #26 midge hook, chartreuse thread body and black thread head, the one on the left is a #14 hook (I fished a #16) with a slice from the tail of a smoke puddle jumper grub body – the gills liked it.


May 31, 2013
what shop?
by: tenkaracole

What shop did you visit? I live in mid-Missouri too, and the only fly shop I know of in Kansas City is Rainbows.

May 31, 2013
Smile maker
by: Dennis

That would be the place. I almost thought he'd go under when Bass Pro went in down the road but he's still there.

Jun 10, 2013
by: tenkaracole

Thanks just curious! Keep up the good work! We are two of just a handful of tenkara/tanago fishers in Missouri!

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