Shimotsuke Oikawa III
Quick review: I acquired this rod from a friend in Japan a few weeks ago and finally had a chance to fish it today in a small stream. It is the 290CM length. Designed with a progressive almost parabolic taper, moderate soft yet not sloppy - so it is ideal for casting a #3 level line. Perfect for Small trout up to 10" and make sure you use a 6x or lighter tippet. My new favorite. It is in good company having a similar action to other quality models of this type I have tested - the scarce Daiwa Rinfu SR and my lovely Sagiri - Just lighter and shorter. Also compares well to the Nissin fine mode, moreover it has a reasonable .6mm tip rather than the skinny .5mm found on some ultralight "tenkara" choices - perhaps a small detail but important to me. You might be able get a Oikawa from Chris Stewart. Absolutely grab one if he has them in stock.
Last edited by Danny; 08-15-2013 at 10:42 AM.