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    First, your rod tip should always be up, 45%...

    First, your rod tip should always be up, 45% angle at minimum, for two reasons: 1) it helps to keep the line off the water, minimizing drag, and 2) the rod is able to bend when you get a fish, giving...
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    With good casting form, you can use the lightest...

    With good casting form, you can use the lightest lines you can find. The size 3 lines I carry will work, as will TUSA's 2.5. The lighter the line, the more you need proper form to cast it, though....
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    Nice report. What you are doing is obviously...

    Nice report.

    What you are doing is obviously working so I don't want to suggest many adjustments, but I would urge not "letting the line back down." Keeping your rod tip up all the time (from the...
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    Nissin makes a 6.3m fixed line carp rod rated for...

    Nissin makes a 6.3m fixed line carp rod rated for 12 lb test tippet (compared to Daiwa's Salmon Hunter, which is 8.3m and 16 lb test tippet). Might not be sufficient for king salmon, but it might do...
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    Lots of people ask me if there are tenkara rods...

    Lots of people ask me if there are tenkara rods that can handle steelhead. I've always told them no, but there are fixed line rods that can. When I tell them they start at around $700 (Daiwa's...
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    The lillian is a hollow nylon braid.

    The lillian is a hollow nylon braid.
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    Only if you're playing a harmonica at the same...

    Only if you're playing a harmonica at the same time.
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    My left hand is holding my wading staff, which I...

    My left hand is holding my wading staff, which I cannot recommend highly enough. You have a free hand. Put it to good use. Most people who have wading staffs only use them in deeper water. If you...
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    Happy 17th Birthday!

    Wow. Seventeen.

    In internet years, that's like older'n dirt.

    Congratulations on your success and here's to 17 more!
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    Ed, I think it is overdressed, but perhaps the...

    Ed, I think it is overdressed, but perhaps the fish like it.
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    The forward facing hackle does move enticingly,...

    The forward facing hackle does move enticingly, but realistically, a regular, backward facing hackle moves enticingly as well. The forward facing hackle opens up more, and the backward facing hackle...
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    Of the four rods you mentioned for carp, the...

    Of the four rods you mentioned for carp, the Daiwa Kiyose 53M is the most capable. After that, perhaps the Nissin 450ZX stiff and Daiwa Kiyose 43M, and then the Nissin 45ZX medum. I would suggest a...
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    Yes, almost exactly.

    Yes, almost exactly.
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    I downloaded it and still don't know what to make...

    I downloaded it and still don't know what to make of it. Perhaps Tsuribito wants to tap into the growth of the tenkara market outside Japan and this is the first step. Looks like a few magazine...
  15. My comment was not with respect the PALS line,...

    My comment was not with respect the PALS line, which of course you can get. It was with respect to recommended line sizes. No point recommending size 1.5 and 2 lines when you cannot buy hi vis lines...
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    I would be willing to bet the difference was not...

    I would be willing to bet the difference was not worms vs. flies. I'd bet he was using split shot to get the bait down and you weren't using split shot to get your flies down. Try a beadhead nymph or...
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    The Sagiri rods on the website are all 2-way...

    The Sagiri rods on the website are all 2-way rods. The column on the Sagira page that is between the harris column and the % carbon column shows the 2 lengths. The Sagiri 39 can be fished at 340 or...
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    My recommendations are based on the lines that are actually available. No point recommending a line no one can buy anywhere.
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    People still run into a problem with Google...

    People still run into a problem with Google transations. IT IS NOT A FLY ROD. IT IS HAE ROD, AS IS IN ROD FOR CATCHING HAE - which is a type of fish. Google translates hae (ハエ) as "fly" but in this...
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    The Rinfu is a truly fabulous rod, although my...

    The Rinfu is a truly fabulous rod, although my impression was that it had been discontinued. I bought one 3.5m and one 4.5m to evaluate but when I decided do import them I was told they were no...
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    I have already asked my supplier about it. It looks to be a very light pink (and I have already tried and rejected several light pink lines). I will get some in for evaluation and then decide whether...
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    LynnMCF, have you tried two handed casting? Use...

    LynnMCF, have you tried two handed casting? Use your right arm mostly as a fulcrum, pulling back with the left arm on the rod butt to make the cast. The guys I took a two handed casting class from...
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    An Introduction to Micro Fishing

    Micro fishing in the US is about where tenkara was after it was introduced to the US but before the Field & Stream blog put it on everyone's radar. Not many people have tried it. Those that have seem...
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    Not just for trout!

    Not long ago Angling Trade magazine sent out a survey to get a clearer understanding of "the market." They asked retailers what percentage of their "total business involves or revolves around...
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    I once had a link to a site that explained how...

    I once had a link to a site that explained how the Japanese line size system was originally developed, but the history of it doesn’t tell you what you need to know now.

    For all practical...
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