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I did wrangle a 10lb sheep earlier in the summer on my 6'6" L when fishing white bass. That was a lot of fun. Thought I had a carp until I got it in netting distance lol
 

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I hate you, as I am green with envy of all your beautiful rods/reels. JK Nice setup!
Lol thanks. Most of it I buy used or deeply discounted. Some of these cost a pretty penny if buying new, let somebody else take the hit. I found a place in Japan that sells used rods and reels, ended up getting this rod for half of what it cost new. The plastic wrap was still on the grips when I got it, looked like new. It ran me $190. A year ago when the yen was stronger, it was $450 if bought new. This rod is also sold in Europe and the shops over there have it listed for €500.
 

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There is a certain joy to catching fish on ultra light tackle that a lot of people never seem to experience. Nice looking setup Tin.
This is a ML stick, not UL. This rod was actually designed for fishing steelhead and cherry salmon in smaller rivers where there isn't enough room to swing a broomstick like the guys here use. In Japan, floating bait really isn't a thing like it is here, most fish smaller plugs, or minnows as they call them. It will be right at home on the Clinton and would also be good in the upper Jordan, Rifle, etc. The idea is to cast accurately without smacking trees, but having enough ass to fight fish.
 

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Well its no Fenwick HMG but I suppose it will do (j/k)

I tried to look it up through your link but was mostly written in Japanese. I'm guessing you got the shorter model?
Have fun, hope you tie into some steel with it.
Yep got the 6'5", a good size for throwing hardware on smaller streams and rivers. It's a 3-8 rod, but in Japan they primarily use braid and it's rated for #0.6 to #1.0, or 12lb to 20lb braid in that regard.
 

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I suck at baitcasters and am to lazy to learn better.
Here's what I tell people in your shoes. Start with your brake turned all the way up. You aren't going to get distance but don't let that concern you just yet. As you get familiar, slowly back it off. Eventually you'll find your rhythm, then you can swing for the fences. I think where most people get frustrated is that they try to get those bomb casts which really don't work until you've trained your thumb to some degree. Brakes are your friend no matter your skill level. I forced myself to learn about 20 years ago, took only a baitcaster on the water and I got the hang of it in about a week.
 

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Nice, I did the 45000 yen conversion and came up with $311. Must be super high quality.
It's a sweet rod for sure, I'm actually about to take it out on the Clinton with my 2500C and get the reel dialed in for river fishing plugs. One thing I love about Japanese trout rods are the wooden reel seats, and this one even has a wooden trigger so it doesn't freeze your fingers in the cold, very well thought out rod. The American brands really can learn a lot from the Japanese in this regard, they can't seem to get past the cheaper graphite reel seats no matter if it's a Loomis, Edge, TFO, or St. Croix. The blank itself is a progressive taper instead of the more common parabolic taper of steelhead rods found here, so more like a bass rod. This is a common action for a plugging rod whereas a spoon/spinner rod will be on the parabolic end.

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The tip on this is super limber and a can fire off casts without much of a back cast. I'm throwing 4g Silver Creek minnows, not really fishing as much as getting familiar. The reel is spot on, haven't had to make any adjustments, about as easy as it gets. It's nice out and I'm finding a lot of good looking holes with the water being so low. Other than me tripping over suckers, it's nice to be on the water whether I'm catching anything or not.

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Damn you bait monkey. I see they make a low-profile frame for this reel now, making it sit 7mm lower on the reel seat so it's easier to palm. Not that this is hard to palm, but it would also shed an ounce of weight on top of it. I swear these Abus are like Barbie for fishermen.

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Wish they made these for the 4500/5500 series, they could also really benefit from lowering. They can get uncomfortable to palm at times.
Supposedly Avail has an offset frame in development for the 4000 size, wouldn't mind getting one when they're on the market. I ended up ordering the offset frame for my 2500C, with the exchange rate with the yen right now it was like getting a $70 discount versus earlier in the year. One company even makes an offset one piece aluminum frame for them but they don't ship outside of Japan nor do they supply any retailers that do. Bummer.
 

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I get funding in japanese yen lol so this 1 usd to 150 yen will crush me
Yeah that stinks. The exchange rates are so off right now because other countries aren't increasing interest rates at the rate we are at the moment. Once they do, things should be more similar to what they were in the past.
 
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