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Soyokaze Smallmouth Bass
by Harold B.
Today I fished a local stream with the Soyokaze 27 9-foot rod I purchased a couple weeks ago. I was using 2# monofilament line for tippet because it is cheap, I expected snags and knew the fish would be small.
Had a lot of fun, catching a couple dozen sunfish 2.5 to 6 inches of various varieties. Snagged the leader 3 times, it was beat-up and had a couple wind knots in it but I didn't change it because I was ready to go home.
As I was wading out I made a cast under the roots of a tree and hooked a smallmouth bass. The bass put up quite a fight, with one spectacular leap out of the water. I had to be gentle because I knew the "tippet" was weak. At the same time I had to put some pressure on him to keep him out of the tree roots and rocks. After some time I landed the bass and he measured a little over 14 inches.
A real demonstration of the quality of the little Soyokaze rods. It was soft enough to protect a weak tippet, but had the backbone to handle a good sized fish. Very impressive.
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"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
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The hooks are sharp.
The coffee's hot.
The fish are slippery when wet.
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