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Speak softly and carry a Kurenai Long 61

by Jeff D
(KC, MO)

Chris told me this rod would spoil me. He was absolutely right. First impression: so light for 6 meters. I did cast it some one-handed just to see if it was possible. It is, but I found that I had to slow things WAY down. Best to cast it two-handed. I used a sort of Belgian cast with Tenkara line and I found I could very accurately target my casts, which I didn't expect from a rod this long.

My SO and I went down to Roaring River State Park near Cassville, MO to hit the last weekend of the catch and release season. The first day I spent playing with my new Nissin Fujiryu 410 6:4, sight casting to cruising fish. The second day I used the Kurenai Long. I used a 15' #3 level line with 4' of 4x tippet to a tungsten bead head UKB with about 10" dropper of 5x to a Stewart Spider. I used a single keiryu marker at the line/leader connection, mainly so my old eyes could see it way out there. With a rod this long the drifts were out of this world. Everything I caught (many) took the Stewart Spider. Later I switched to a size 26 UKB on 8x just for fun. This resulted in a take on almost every drift but many long distance releases. Gotta work on my small fly fish playing technique. The upside: never broke the 8x. That's amazing. Used the same fly for the rest of the day.

Additionally, my SO caught her first trout on a fly this trip. She never thought she could do it, but a summer of Tenkara panfishing paid off. She jokes she wants to ask everyone "Do you have a moment to speak about Tenkara?" And my Nissin Fine Mode 320 is now "her rod!"

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Feb 21, 2016
Good Job
by: Alan Luecke

Jeff, that sounds like great fun. I've been contemplating long and light and I'm sure I will end up there. For now I've using my 53M for stocked trout and will try some different rigs on it when I'm at Roaring River later this Spring. Right now I'm finding myself very comfortable with my Zerosum and Tenkarabum 36 at 12ft., but beyond that I'm moving right past the four meter rods to five and six. If there's room to swing a 43 there's probably room for a 53 or more.

Feb 22, 2016
Long and light
by: Jeff D

This rod makes my Nissin 450Zx feel like a club. That rod is now relegated to being my loaner to the Boy Scouts in my troop. They want to fish with me, I want them to fish with me, they could break an anvil in a sand pile with a rubber mallet.

Sometime soon let's get together for a fishing session. I'll let you try it out. I imagine it'll be dynamite for bluegills!

Feb 23, 2016
Yes, please
by: Alan Luecke

Would love to try out that rod, sooner rather than later. Hopefully this Spring will not stay wet and cold as long as last year.

Feb 25, 2016
by: Alex Argyros

What does a size 26 UKB look like? Is it tied with a strand of yarn, or is the yarn picked and dubbed onto the hook?

Feb 25, 2016
Size 26 Killer Bug
by: Chris Stewart

I have tied Killer Bugs and Killer Buggers on size 26 hooks. I would suggest splitting the yarn into its two strands and only using one. Untwist it so it flattens out and use only one or at most two turns of yarn, with Veevus 16/0 thread instead of wire.

Feb 26, 2016
Size 26 UKB
by: Jeff D

Yes, I spit the yarn and use only one ply, and used Veevus 16/0 in red color. I used the Gamakatsu C12-BM hook, which is great because it has a large eye for such a small hook. I've gone as small as size 30, but I think 26 is small enough for any reasonable purpose. Of course, "reasonable" is probably a loaded term when tying flies with which to catch minnows.

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