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Speak softly and carry a Kurenai Long 61
by Jeff D
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!"
“The bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweetness of low price is forgotten” – Benjamin Franklin
"Study to be quiet." - Izaak Walton 1653
"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.
Beware of the Dogma