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The Unanticipated Consequences of Using a Light Rod

by Eric Point
(Denver, NC)

This is something Chris failed to mention in his description and experiences with the Suntech Kurenai.

My Kurenai 33R weighs just 1.1 oz. and is a fun and inspiring trout and bluegill rod. There is one drawback however. I was out bluegill fishing on the small lake I live on yesterday evening. I was catching a good number of 8-9 inch bluegill on the 33R and was enjoying the calm evening. I just made a cast and was letting the fly sink. I set the rod down on the seat of my boat while I went for a drink of water. Just then, a bluegill hit the fly and the rod when skipping into the lake like a torpedo! The bluegill started towing the rod out into the lake but luckily the rod floated and I was able to retrieve it and land the fish. So I learned a few valuable lessons: 1) the rod floats (at least to some degree), 2) don't set your rod down!, and 3) beware of light rods when going after big bluegill :)

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Apr 23, 2020
It floats!
by: Chris Stewart

That's a feature, not a drawback!

(I wouldn't do it on purpose, though, especially if you don't have a boat!)

Apr 23, 2020
Doing it On Purpose
by: John Evans

I probably shouldn't say this, and I wouldn't necessarily recommend it to others, but in very shallow creeks I have actually thrown my rod into the water to keep it from breaking. I've done this at least twice on extra-large cichlids, which pull like a sunken bulldozer. I knew my tippet was a little too strong, and I didn't think I'd lose my rod in the shallow water, so I tossed it in. Fortunately, I've been able to land both the rod and the fish. Again, this is not recommended policy!

Apr 23, 2020
Not recommended
by: Chris Stewart

The reason it is not recommended is that unless you know the stream quite well, there is no assurance you will be able to reach the rod. As you wade towards it, the fish may continue to swim further away. There was a video of a guy in New Zealand who did that, and he ended up having to swim after the rod! He finally did get it, but if there had been much more current he could have lost a lot more than his rod.

Apr 23, 2020
Rod tethering
by: Boris

In many Asian fixed line fishing sports, like herabuna (small silver crucian carp) rods are tethered with a bungee or coiled cords specifically for that reason. If fish pulls it from the support or it's too large, the rod is retrieved and bungee tether acts as an extra shock absorber. That's what many(non tenkara)rods have a bottom rings for.

Apr 23, 2020
Good Reason to Use Light Tippet
by: John Evans

I would add that this is a good reason to use the recommended tippet--and to err on the side of light--so that you're not tempted to do this! I learned my lesson and was grateful that I safely retrieved the rod and fish.

Apr 23, 2020
Thanks for the input
by: Eric Point

Thanks all for the comments. I thought my experience was more humorous than anything else. I can see now it happens more often than I suspected!

Apr 24, 2020
by: Kevin Etherson

Thanks for the laugh.

May 01, 2020
Kurenai 33r
by: steve lord

Kurenai 33R. Such a beautifully made & wonderful rod to fish with.
Ive used mine for some years on the tiny burns in northern Scotland, to lose it would break my heart.

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