Simple trick to 7x your catch rate in Tree-lined Streams (without constantly getting caught up on branches)
6 CommentsMonday, 7 August 2017 | Paul G
7x your tenkara success in the Last Part of Our Karasu Lessons...
***NB THE ORIGINAL SPECIAL LAUNCH OFFER IS NOW FINISHED, BUT ON BLACK FRIDAY WE'LL BE SENDING OUT FREE CODES FOR ALL THE DOWNLOADS FROM SEASON 1 TENKARA IN FOCUS WITH EVERY KARASU ROD PURCHASE...DON'T MISS OUT***
A big question that I'd want to know about (if it were me) is the near impossibility of the task for rod reviewers; since the specific tactics that these rods (particularly the Karasu 400) are designed for are NOT in common use outside a small band of elite Japanese anglers. Very few people can cast the long #3 nylon level lines in a genuine fishing situation - it takes practice...
And even fewer tenkara rods are capable of letting you cast that line, even if your technique is good.
So, fishing either the 360 or 400 in a fairly average fishing situation cannot, by definition, allow their best characteristics shine - In the same way that you are not going to see what makes an expert mountain leader so good on a short stroll on a sunny day in the park :)
Notes on rotational recovery - the easiest way to increase that is to make the rod stiffer...but then you lose the light-line casting ability... On that subject, for my money, any comparisons to the TBum rods are not very helpful because they are designed for completely different purposes (and they fall well outside the Karasu's specific brief to handle the infamous #3 level nylon).
Japanese testers and developers - No other western (and probably even no Japanese) tenkara rod developers have benefited from such a range and wealth of cutting edge tenkara anglers' input for a rod before the two Karasu models...A crew of super-talented and extremely dedicated Japanese friends have contributed MASSIVELY. This has happened over many iterations - even through previous rods - as well as during the big switch when we moved to Japanese engineering and manufacture.
Technique always comes first - These rods won't make you any better than you actually are (that is obviously baloney); but they will allow you to achieve the best result you are capable of. You can know with absolute certainty (since you've seen it on video) that they can perform the specialised tactics flawlessly. If those rigs and casts don't work for you with a Karasu, it clearly means that you need just a little more practice. With another rod, you can't necessarily narrow it down with the same certainty.
If the only thing that you judge a rod on is how cheaply you can get it - Karasu is not for you. As it says in the video, for every rod to come out of the Japanese factory, me and JP have to pay more than the retail price of many other rods on the market (and then there's an enormous hit on the import taxes).
Paul and JP