Suntech GM Suikei Keiryu Special 53

(Gressak) #1

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.

From tenkarabum:

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.

(Brian Miller) #2

I love small streams but I have one of these on the way from Tbum for several that leave me wanting more reach than I can get with my 390. Now to figure out what size lines and length(s) to use, and how to cast with two hands. Are there any videos that show two handed casting with a Keiryu rod?

(Gressak) #3

You can cast that sucker with one hand…especially at 4.5m. I cast it one handed at the 5.3m…it is not a problem. I never watched a video so there might be something I am missing, but I do not like the two handed approach to casting. I would rather deal with the fatigue or just drop to a shorter rod or in this case shorter length.

The downside of the longer rod is it is more difficult to perform some manipulations. The combination of the weight and regulating movement to compensate for a larger arc makes it hard to tune/adjust from my normal touch/application. If you employ a lot of tenkara manips…you will see what I mean.

If you are a level line guy…use what you use. If you are a furled leader guy…then I would recommend looking at my posts on Spiderwire. I have been using it and even a tapered version…definitelty dominant over the furled…and in my prefs…better than the LL. Shoot me your address…I will make you a line for that rod.

This river leopard fell to that rod. Pretty amazing the fighting power these rods have. That brown had no chance…hahahhaha.

(Brian Miller) #4

I caught the largest fish in over 10 years of angling a favorite mid-sized steam on a DT Hydra 390Z Tenkara rod using Gyaku-biki downstream sub-surface pulsing. Come to think of it, I caught the 2nd largest fish ever in a smaller stream with my Watershed 300Z doing the same thing, sub-surface and on the surface.

I am a LL guy. But I was watching the elegant and graceful Go Tenkara casting videos Todoroki-san posted and thinking maybe I should try a tapered line. That’s very gracious of you to offer to send a Spiderwire line. I’ll PM you. Does a Spiderwire line need to be girth-hitched to the lillian requiring a knot in the lillian?

Being a newb, for level line I’ll start with a #3.5 but what length(s) should I carry for the GM 53?

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(Gressak) #5

Right on. Petty cool to have education convert fish.

My note was more about that it requires more effort to do the same with a longer wand. The need to have to dial back the motion and relearn ranges.

Compared to Todoroki-san and others seasoned tenkara angles we are all greenhorns.

Regarding the girth hitch. I do use a knot and a loop at the head of the line. If you dont like the knot…dont tighten it down…I can get them out with the point of a hook. Another option would be to run the lilian twice through the hitch. Sort of Like how you do with LL. I just tried it. Once you tighten down on that hitch…the double twist does not move at all…no slip.

Length is personal preference and for me will depend on how technical the water is. Tight quarters I opt for a line and tippet that puts the fly at the butt of the rod. Open casting, I will opt for quite a bit longer. Up to 1.5x the rod length, but lately I tend to stick between 1 and 1.2x as I am not a big fan of handlining. I like to bring fish to net quicker and handlining will delay landing a fish. I like to land fish fresh and green so I can release them hardy. The extra casting distance is insignificant in my mind to justify over working the trout. Again this is personal preference. I am gonna make you a line that is 4.3m…just a touch short of the shortest length of your rod. It is roughly how I would fish it… With tippet your length would be 1.2x at the shortest…and 1x length at the 5.3…if you fish a meter of tippet.

There is nothing fancy about this line. the taper is just 2 lines connected. I was doing three…but found the knots would hang up, so recently I tried 2 and it casts really nicely. It might take me a few days to get it out, because I want to test it and make sure it casts well on the gm53.

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(Brian Miller) #6

Exactly what I wanted to know.


(Peder) #7

This is what I do with the Invisibraid and do not have any problems. I don’t like putting knots in my lillian and this works great.

(Brian Miller) #8

Yes I would prefer not to put a knot in the lillian and I did learn the hard way to double check the lillian has been put through the LL arbor knot twice :disappointed:.
So I understand you are saying that putting the lillian through a furled/Spiderwire/tapered line connection loop’s girth hitch twice does not require a knot in the lillian.

Thanks for all the help!

(Peder) #9

That happened to me too, the first time I did it. :face_with_symbols_over_mouth::man_facepalming: I’ve now been double checking every time.

(Tyson Sparrow) #10

I guess it really shows my novice abilities, I really like Lillian knot and a loop connection.

(Gressak) #11

I think its safe to say we are mostly clumped in the novice category. Although, I do not consider a lilian knot or girth hitch an identifier.

Really the knot is only a safety measure and the girth hitch is just easier and more convenient in my mind. Pre level line…I wonder if it was the typical method. I suspect…probably…and bet that there may be expert level folk still employing it.

The preference of the knot is an inconvenience when it comes taking the rod apart for cleaning or drying. As I noted…not a big deal, if it is not tightened down too much. A hook or needle point can pull the knot and the world is correct again.

(Gressak) #12

I sent and tested lines to Brian and was surprised by some findings.

It seems like these lines cast with less effort at 4.5 and 4.9.
I revisited the specs of this rod. 26 pennies.

The times I fished this rod I did use heavier furled tenkara lines. The stiffness of this rod may make it a requirement at 5.3m…heavier lines. Its not that I could not cast the line perfectly at 5.3m. I just had to use more effort to do it…more force. It was not the effortless thoughtless cast that one can perform with a simple small movement.

I was sort of reflecting on this and how important ease of loading a rod on cast is…relating to the enjoyment of fishing that rod. Some tenkara rods simply need heavier lines to load and turn over. I know this sounds obvious, but the insane trend to lighter and lighter lines may make people misunderstand a rod’s true capabilities and may have false opinion as a result. There is utility in stiffer rods…one of the benefits is punching through the wind…another is backbone for taming larger fish.

Line drape or otsuri is a factor but I do not feel it is as big of a deal as some folk make it. In dead drift…sure…but in most manipulations we are imposing drag and pull to the rod…so in those cases…I say no problem with heavier lines…and when I say heavier…we are often only talking slightly heavier.

Again the right tools for the right job.

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(Brian Miller) #13

First off, Thank you so much for your kindness and generosity in helping a yearling novice.

+1! The extra effort expended by casting (and wading) at the 5.3 & 4.9, 4.5 meter lengths compared to my 3.9 and 3.0 meter zoom rods was definitely noticeable after several hours this week.

(Gressak) #14

You are welcome. Everyone here is pretty generous. We are more or less all under the same umbrella. Be sure to post up some picture of your adventures.

Yes, you will get used to it…but I think you may also appreciate your shorter rods even more.
Hands down landing larger fish is just a pure joy with those long rods…leash em and land em!!!