So I recently purchased one of these…
What a nice rod. The only other rod that I own in the class is the Nissin ZEROSUM ONI Honryu 450. I think I may like the Suntech GM Suikei better in a lot of ways. Obviously two totally different rods, but there is something delicate about the casting of the GM 53 at the 4.5 m length. At 49 its still is a perfectly enjoyable casting rod. I could fish that length all day. Casting at 53 one handed is decent as well although it starts getting a bit tip heavy…there is a noteable difference between the 49 and 53, but I am certain that I could cast the 53 all day one handed its just much more labor.
Suntech GM Suikei Keiryu Special 53
Length (extended) - 14’10", 16’1", 17’2"
Length (collapsed) - 21 1/4"
Weight (with Fuji cap) - 4.0 oz
Weight (without Fuji cap) - 3.5 oz
Sections - 12
Tip Diameter - .6mm
Butt Diameter - 22.5 mm
Tippet recommendation - 9X - 6X
Pennies 26, 26.5, 26.5
the reach on the 53 is just sick. I took it out on the river for the last day of winter. We found trout early, but the air and water temps were reallly low. By mid day we found fish that would cooperate. My first fish on the rod was a 13" rainbow, followed by a 16" rainbow. I am really astounded by the rod’s ability to take these fish in current. Effortless. I suspect some of this may be attributed to the water temps, but even still I suspect this rod may be able to tame fish considerably larger.