That’s a pretty solid list. I own(ed) most of them (no Tanuki/Karasu/Shimano unfortunately). I haven’t been on that site before and I couldn’t find who authored the article, but it’s always interesting to hear other perspectives.
Interesting read. Agree that they picked some good rods, although odd that few of the links actually led to them. I’d love to know who wrote the article (although the overall website looks a little “iffy”).
FWIW, my favorites at the moment…
- Nissin Oni Honryu 395
- Oni Type III 340
- Nissin Royal Stage 320 6:4
- Shimano Pack 310/340 (freaking amazing and compact for a zoom rod)
I’d love to fish the river peak Kiwami 33, I have the 38 and like many of its attributes, just a bit long for my taste. If you haven’t noticed, I have a sweet spot for ~11’ rods. Guess that’s ingrained on me from spending a ridiculous amount of on stream time with the 11’ TUSA Iwana back in the day.
I could not get the article to load as it was posted. What I got to post is shortened, considerably.There was a Video, fishing Field Test Review done fore most of the rods reviewed, which I did not take the time to watch on the whole article. Undoubtedly, some of you are more skilled at doing this kind of research than I, and you may be able to access that information now that you know it is there…Karl.
My favorite rod is my Oni III. Of the rods listed, the Karasu 36 peaks my interest, but the cost is out of my wheel house.
It’s kind of like picking your favorite child. I love my Oni III, my Kurenai(s), my Tenryu 39TA, and my Fujiryu 360 5:5. I haven’t had enough time with my youngest…the Anglo & Company Wasabi 360 yet to know.
No name, but here’s the About page.
Yeah, I read that too and noticed no name. Not that it matters…it’s another perspective and a good list of rods.
One of the more interesting things about the article was the explaining of Nisisin’s design differences between the 6:4 and 7:3 action rods. I have read, in a lot of places that Nissin’s 7:3 rods cast more like other rod maker’s 6:4 rods do than their 7:3 rods, with good reason: Nissan does not change the rod mandrels or the rod blanks tapers between the 6:4 and 7:3 action rods, but they do add more rod making material to get the added stiffness the designers want, which is reflected in the weight gain the 7:3 rods show over their 6:4 rod model mates…Karl.