Keiryu fishing is similar to tenkara, although it uses bait rather than artificial flies. The rods are long, the line is light and no reel is used. Excellent drifts are possible - if anything, better than with tenkara. The rods tend to be longer and the lines both lighter and shorter than tenkara lines. Generally a single split shot is used to get the bait down to where the fish are.
Although people have been bait fishing with cane poles for almost as long as there have been cane poles, there are differences between cane poles and keiryu rods. Like tenkara rods, keiryu rods are much lighter, much more portable and much better at protecting light tippets. Light tippets not only protect the rod, they allow the bait to drift much more realistically with the currents.
Use of keiryu rods in the US is very new. The "Your Keiryu Stories" pages allow you to share information on what has worked for you.
And it's not just about bait. Fishing bead head flies with a keiryu rod is closer to keiryu fishing than to tenkara, so those stories will appear here as well.
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My wife and I took a canoe trip through Stillwater Canyon, the lower 50 miles of the Green River above the confluence with the Colorado. On this trip I took my 21' keiryu rod and a tub of red worms and a tub of nightcrawlers. Drifting the worms into likely looking holes and under trees produced quite a number of channel catfish.
I arrived at a local trout stream which was last stocked about three months ago, and there were three other anglers using spinning gear. I asked how were they biting and was told that they had been there for about two hours with only one chub caught between the three of them. I asked if they would mind if I could fish the spot for a little while.
Field Master Suguru Salmon
I was fishing one of the Ontario tributaries close to home in the late hours of the day. My dad and I had moved up to a large deep pool that usually has some lake-runs this time of year. I saw something big on the tail end of the pool, and drifted a few different things by it, including trout magnets, an egg sac, a single yarn egg, etc. No takes.
I have to thank Mark Larkin for reminding me how much fun worm fishing is! The last three times out fishing, I have spent the majority of my time using the upstream method of worm fishing.
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