Last year I was curious to try out a keiryu style rod using tenkara methods for a couple of different reasons. I wanted to see what a corkless handled rod was like and I wanted to use it in a place where I know there are bigger fish. I ended up getting a Suntech Keiryu FMX 45. Reading a few different places, but most noticeably on tenkarabum.com, it seems the rod performs better at the longer lengths it comes. I broke mine (due to user error) on the 17" smallmouth below and I was actually keiryu fish with it, not tenkara.
Since I broke three of the sections, I want to replace it but don’t know what size I want. The 54 seems just on the edge of not being too heavy to fish one handed and the 62 seems like it would be. Based on my understanding, I think most of the parts are interchangeable. If that’s true, I think I could get one of the longer rods, have spare parts, and potentially get two rods out of the deal by using the handle from the one I have.
The question is which length? From how I read it, seems Chris at TB seems to think the 62 may be the sweet spot for the rod - though I’m not sure. Any thoughts out there?