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Wide Eye hooks for full throttle Fishing!

by Les Albjerg
(Caldwell, Idaho)

Jump Creek Falls

Jump Creek Falls

I tied up some Utah Killer Bugs and bead weighted worms on the SBL 35 Wide Eye hooks. These are well made, strong, thin wired hooks that catch fish. I had lots of nibbles with the other hooks, but only landed fish using the Wide Eye hooks. Jump Creek where I fished is a high desert stream with a few holes that have red-band rainbow trout. I had a five fish day. The big one was 6 inches, the others were 3-4 inches. I also enjoyed my Suntech GM Suikei Keiryu Special 44. I was able to work the pool at 44, 40, and 36. I was using a level size 3 line and a 6x tippet. I love my new Suntech rod! I could really feel the fish nibbling the flies. This pool doesn't get fished much because it is a swimming hole in the summer. It is the closest place I can go to fish for wild trout from my house. It was nice to fish on a stream again, rather than a pond. It was amazing the difference in using a light wire hook vs a standard hook. If you haven't given the Wide eye hooks a try, you ought to. I am also amazed how the Suntech GM Suikei Keiryu performs. I like it at all lengths. It casts different at all three lengths, but it is accurate at all three lengths. I can cast it at all three one handed, but at 44 going to a two handed cast it seems feather like. A couple of guys came along after Frankie and I got back to the car, and I was able to show off my rod (or is it a pole?). They saw me in my fishing gear, but didn't see my rod. When I took the Suntech out of the sleeve, and extended it 14 plus feet their eyes got big. I then handed it to them and they were astonished at how light it is. They were impressed and I wrote down the TB website for them to look up. Maybe my Tenkara evangelism is beginning to work.

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Dec 06, 2016
by: Dave

Very good! That keiryu sounds like a winner.

Dec 06, 2016
No "P"
by: Dave (South Dakota)

Glad to see that you don't have any "P" in your "ool" now with the summertime swimmers gone, Les!

Lovely countryside, nice outing! Thanks for sharing with those of us who are frozen in until springtime. (Some of those hooks are on the wish list, Chris.)

Dec 06, 2016
by: Phillip

Looks beautiful and not completely frozen yet. I'm jealous.

I still haven't gotten comfortable with two-handed casting. I fish my 5.4m more than anything, but it's always single handed. I figure if I go any longer, I'll have to try both hands (or really train the forearms!).

Thin, barbless, needle-points are the way to go with these relatively soft rods. Effortless hooksets.

Dec 06, 2016
Two hand Casting
by: Les Albjerg


I have a 6.2 meter rod, and have one hand cast it. Think of two hand casting as "pivot" casting. Your top hand is more like a pivot to support the bottom hand that applies the power. You aren't chopping wood, you are presenting the fly or bait to a specific point. By supporting the weight of the rod with the top hand you free the bottom hand to apply the power. I hope that helps. Remember, the longer the rod, the faster everything at the end of the rod is moving. Once you overcome the inertia, it actually takes less power to cast a longer rod.

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