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Shimotsuke Kiyotaki Tenkara Rods
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Customer review:

'After many years of lugging huge amounts of fishing gear around i decided to go back in time and course fish tenkara style with great success...high quality , strong, bamboo twig esq small fish rods that fit in a back pack..RECOMENDED!'

For the shorter versions of this rod see Shimotsuke Kiyotaki Tanago Rods

Shimotsuke Rod Company are held in high repute in Japan, they specialise in Tenkara and Tanago rods. This model 'Kiyotaki' is named after a beautiful Japanese resort nestled between lush green hillsides.

To save any confusion I'd like to explain that the model listed here (Shimotsuke Kiyotaki)
and the model listed under Tanago (Shimotsuke Kiyotaki) are different length ranges of the same design of rod, the 6ft to 10ft are classified as Tanago rods and 11ft to 15ft are classified as Tenkara rods.  Although these rods are the same model the two length ranges serve different purposes.

We have 4 Tenkara models (see seperate listing for the shorter Tanago rods), 330cm 360cm 390cm and 450cm approximating to 11ft 12ft 13ft and 15ft rods. These rods are unbelievably light, the 11ft rod weighs just 66g ! which equates to slightly more than 2 Oz. There is not reel or coated fly line weight to add so these rods redefine lightweight fly fishing. The rods are telescopic and when collapsed all the models are the same length - just 37cm or about 15" so you could easily carry one in a backpack on a days walk in the hills.

The shorter rods allow you to cast into tight spots, the lack of fly line allows for very delicate presentation, you will catch fish closer than you thought possible and you will catch more fish than you thought was possible. Streamcraft soon becomes instinctive, you are working closer so you move carefully, when you flick the light leader and fly upstream the fly lands with no splash, the fish looking upstream take the fly without hesitation and even very small trout put a lovely bend in these rods, the fish can be played properly with even tension allowing even small fish to stay on when using barbless hooks.

Tenkara rods are ideal for streams and rivers with open space allowing room for their length, for tighter spaces consider a Tanago rod as they can be very effective on the smallest of streams. The 13ft and 15 ft versions are able to handle good sized fish.

If you are interested in learning the French nymph or long nymph approach fish with a Tenkara rod for a while and you will soon be getting the idea, the long rod allows you to hold your leader and tippet off the water reducing fly drag and line splash.

  • Lightweight, from just 66g for the 11ft version
  • Compact, all sizes just 37cm when collapsed
  • These rods have a rolling tip i.e. the end of the tip section can rotate
  • Nice action , very precise
  • Action rated at 7:3 but after testing them I'd say it seems half way between 7:3 and 6:4

I think these rods are also an ideal way to teach children to fish, see my article here

Other available items that complement the rod are:

  • a leader of the correct length for the rod with loop at one end and micro-ring at the other made from a type of fluorocarbon specifically made for Tenkara and Tanago that has high casting density for its diameter, low memory and a pink colouration for visibility so that indicators are not usually needed Click here for PDF showing how to connect the loop to the rods lillian string
  • A Raji spool, a superb design of spool which allows you to store a complete leader tippet and multiple fly rig ready for fishing. The design of this spool is the best I have seen, see separate listing for more information 
  • Two Fuji EZ keepers, a pair of these on the rod while fishing allows excess tippet and flies to be wrapped while walking along the stream bank

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