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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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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