I’ve been wringing out my 5m single hand rod quite a bit in my honryu tenkara on the Colorado. I fight fish in heavy flow. The line sings on many fish…
My casting arm has a old injury and is quite painful at times and my arms are not big he man arms. I’m by no means a body builder and the fact that I read, almost universally that American anglers don’t like heavy rods is perplexing.
The rods are made by experts in honryu in the country of origin. Japanese anglers are not big muscular dudes.
They fish these rods like they created them!
And they do.
With all due respect, I have learned zero from any American tenkara angler regularly fishing honryu.
I get my references from Japanese anglers that do not complain about long rods and long lines.
I create my own long lines.
I’m developing my own system for my own rivers.
It’s just best that way.
The short line goofy stuff I’m reading from Americans is just that.
No dig, it just does not jive. And although I have a ton of western fly rod experience at big river fishing, if I filter the American tenkara guys through that, it doesn’t jive either.
So I just upscale what my friends in Japan teach me and keep blinders on with anything American.
These big rods do have lots of resistance in the casting stroke and they are heavy feeling but it’s what you use to cast long lines.
It’s what we do.
And I’m starting to see myself further refine my equipment to more of the Japanese style.
More towards what works, they have it figured out and America is not in a fishing Twilight Zone if you choose not to fish in it.
So interesting, love honryu. This is going to be fun.