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Palms SpinWalk Clevis Spinners 
Never been a fan of inline spinners. In my old spinning gear treble hook days, spinners seem to snag everything and always twist up my line. Sure, I …

Sucker! 
Yesterday was our fall perch fishing day at Lake Cascade. One of the big motivations for buying the Tenryu Lunakia LK6102S-MLT was to target perch. It …

Trekking with the Tenryu Rayz 68LML  
As anyone who has seen my trips knows, I’m a huge short rod guy. I’ve owned many rods from 3’8” to 5’1” and really enjoying the rods in the 4’5” length. …

Moving On Up! 
I got interested in UL fishing years ago. I started out with Wally World specials as it fit my budget at the time. As time went on I gradually increased …

The good new days! 
I bought an Ajing rod for perch fishing up at Lake Cascade. I discovered that these rods are amazingly versatile. A few weeks ago I fished my longer …

Copy Cat! 
If imitation is the best form of flattery, Chris needs to blush! I put my BFS Daiwa reel on my Tenyru Rayz RZ39LL and took it out for a spin this morning …

Ambushed! 
I went up in the mountains yesterday to the waters where I met the Frank Nale challenge last year of over 100 trout in one day. I am appreciative of Frank …

Cork Sealer 
I want to treat my JDM rod handles with cork sealer. Has anyone treated their cork handles? I am going to us U40 cork sealer, from the reviews and youtube, …

Preparing to Fish New Waters 
My good friend at work Megan who is an awesome fly fisherwoman hiked up to several of the lakes I was planning on fishing when I am off work in 10 days. …

Barbed or barbless? What I’ve found 
In my experiences fishing both barbed and barbless hooks for multiple species in both fresh and salt water, I’ve found both have their place. To me, one …

Copper spoons 
The last few years I've had great luck with copper spoons in the lakes around here. Only problem is the 1/12oz Phoebe is the lightest I can find. When …

One Lure Box  
Getting a little quiet out here...Hope everybody is too busy fishing! Lure boxes!? Self confession here, I carry too much junk with me to go fishing. …

Building Your Own Custom BFS Rod 
Spent some time this past winter playing around building custom bfs rods. I drew from some past experience of fly rod building and approached each one …

Finesse Fishing Reel Off - Part 3 
Finally I will touch on the Shimano Conquest BFS, this is the best of new school technology with old school looks and feel. The heaviest reel I have held …

Finesse Fishing Reel Off - Part 2 
The Shimano Aldebaran is a premium reel that has many nice features, plenty of upgrade options and is just as smooth as silk. The reel I tested has an …

Finesse Fishing Reel Off - Part 1 
Below are my thoughts on the following three reels that are available at Finesse Fishing, I need to thank Chris for allowing me to test these out and do …

Living the WooDream... 
After rain and snow with a freak low front pushing through I stayed close to home and made a trip to the urban trout stream. I’ve been playing with tuning …

Lousy Day In Paradise  
I know some of you are just now shaking off winters icy grip, and others dealing with run-off, but here in the southern Appalachian mountains,things couldn’t …

The Abu Garcia Amassadeur 2500c is Done! 
The project is done! I finally have the 2500c working well as a finesse reel. Well, maybe done is too strong of a word. There are still goodies I can …

Fishing the WooDream is a Dream! 
It was a crazy day yesterday. Fishing is what I enjoy the most. Hunting is a close second. Geoff and I went up to set up our Bear spot, but the snow …

Remembering Why JDM equipment is so much fun. 
It was a cold blustery weekend. However, it was a rare 3 day weekend for me with no on-call at the hospital. Building a finesse casting system has been …

The Ambassadeur 2500c has been Hot Rodded! 
This morning I was up early. The coffee was hot. The house was quiet. Time to take the plunge and upgrade the 2500c. It wasn't as hard as I thought …

Plug Fishing Update  
I’ve managed a couple of trips to prime trout country, despite being a bit under the weather. I’m trying to get at least one trip to the mountains in each …

Decoding the Forest Marshall River (Kei) Spoon 
Just a preface - I am not a pro, just enjoy trying to learn as much as I can and figure out where each spoon shape and design fits in my box. These are …

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What makes a fishing session? 
Horror of all horrors! Someone was fishing in "my spot." Last week while driving home, crossing over Indian Creek, there was a vehicle parked and as I …

The Reel Deal 
I have all the parts now for making the Abu Ambassadeur 2500c into a Micro Finesse reel! In the first picture you will see my nice clean reel that came …

One Lure Challenge  
I know that this is something one associates more with Tenkara, and to a lesser extent western fly fishing, but this year I am going to apply it to lure …

What season is this? 
For the past couple of years, the area that I live in (Southeast US) has been experiencing a springtime warm up in February. It doesn’t actually last …

The Mighty Mite 
I have a friend, Jose, who fishes at Wilson Springs a lot with a short rod. I've been very curious about the Tenyru RZ39LL, a 3 foot 9 inch spinning rod. …

Venturing into Baitcasting! 
Up until now, I have resisted the temptation to get into fishing with an ultralight baitcasting set-up for stream fishing. One of the things holding …

The wisdom of Takahashi-san 
Over the course of 3 seasons, I had the privilege of fishing with Takahashi-san, an engineer on contract from Tokyo with Toyota South Africa. He is pro …

TIMING 
I have always been told that the best time to go fishing is, well....when you can. For most of us, a bevy of life’s undertakings dictate the time available …

Urban Exploration  
I am a thin blue line guy at heart. However, sometimes it’s just not practical, or possible to get to these little mountain streams. It’s about a 45 …

It was a gram day... 
Rod: TenRyu Rayz Spectra 5’1” Reel: ‘18 Daiwa Exist Finesse Custom LT1000S-P Line: Sunline Small Game PE .4 Took a road trip to a place I haven’t …

Sunline Troutist 4lb Wild spinning line - no tippet 
I was reading how Chris adds tippet to his hi-vis spinning line. I had a record day today fishing Sunline's Troutist 4lb Wild line tied directly to Crusader …

Spooning for Trout 
I must admit, I have been lazy. Just tie the spoon on and fish! Over the last few weeks I have been comparing doing it the lazy way, or putting on a …

Over The Moon with the Lunakia 
A saltwater rod, for freshwater finesse fishing? Only Chris Stewart would think of that application. I went out for an hour today with the Tenryu Lunakia …

My day with the TenRyu Rayz Spectra 
I’ve been after a new ultralight for years, though to be honest I’ve been out of fishing the better part of the last 3 years. I finally decided it was …

What's Your Line? 
I've been having fun with ultra-light spin finesse fishing for almost a year now. It has been a fun journey, but picking a line is frustrating. I have …

Custom Build Testing 
Went ahead and picked up some 4# nanofil to use with this rod. Took a Shimano Sedona 2000 reel and loaded it with 65 yards of 6# mono then the 150 yards …

Custom Build Pics 
Here are the pics of my rod.

Ajing Rod 
My family purchased a Shimano Soare BB Ajing rod for my brother. After a few months of fishing this rod, it is now his absolute favorite! He has …

Custom Built Rod 
I read the Extreme Ultralight Article in the June? 2005 In Fisherman magazine. This began my search for pushing the envelope of UL fishing. I went to Tenkara …

Perch Fest 
If you are of the persuasion that every fish that is caught should be released, you may not want to read this article. Once or twice a year, I have the …

Fishing the San Juan 
Spent a few days up on the San Juan with a friend and the wives. The girls went sight seeing in CO while we fished various spots. Went to the "Texas Hole" …

Rockfish Ultralight Finesse Rods 
Anyone try the Rockfish Ultralight Finesse Rods? Got to handle one in England a couple of months ago. Looking for one here in US. Would seem way to …

Eastern European Lures 
Has anybody used lures from Taps or Microbait or other Eastern European manufacturers with their UL and XUL rods? I just ordered some to try here on creeks …

Lots of hookups but few landed 
I was out yesterday with a UL (not XUL) rod fishing a local river. Tried spoons and #1 french spinners with no luck. Finally switched to Berkley Floating …

Spoon and Spinner Fishing 
I have been trying to settle in my mind, which is better spinners or spoons? So far, my conclusions have lead me to the answer, "It depends on conditions." …

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Part Two of Southern Appalachians 
The rod is the Tenryu RZI50UL-4. I absolutely love this rod. The five foot length is a great middle of the road size to handle the larger open pools, …

Part one of Southern Appalachians 
I thought I might share some photos of some of the beautiful places that the pursuit of trout have taken me. My hope is that it may inspire others to …

The thrill is back! 
I grew up fishing with my father, great grandfather, and occasionally my great uncle. It was primarily done on the lakes in the midlands and upstate …

What a surprise  
Let me just start by saying I have been a die hard fly fisherman for most of my life. I started out with a spinning rod when I was younger but was convinced …

Spoon Fishing and Spinner Fishing 
One of my fishing and hunting buddies manages a private Bass Pond. Once or twice a year, I get the privilege of helping cull the middle class of fish. …

At the vise 
Ever since Chris led me to the "dark side" I've been devouring everything I can find concerning ultralight spin fishing. Notable finds were Erne St. Clare's …

Smith Edge Diamond Spoons Give you the "Edge" 
I never thought I would be enthused about Spin fishing. I have come "to the Dark Side" from the TenkaraBum site. It is "Walter's" fault that I bought …

Troutist and Daiwa are a great pair! 
Went fishing today on the Salt River in Arizona and had an amazing day! Just received my Troutist Darkness 4lb test line and my Daiwa Crusader gold and …

Daiwa Dr. Minnow jointed 
The Daiwa Dr. Minnow jointed is now my favourite must have trout lure. Fantastic for small stream trouting and will attract other species as well. Here …

Nearly "Finessed" a Steelhead! 
I went steelhead fishing a few days ago (2/21) and upon arrival at the creek, it was totally blown out due to the recent snow melt. I decided to head …

Daiwa BFS Combo  
Hi all . With the warm weather on the eastern shore I was out fishing. I am really getting to like my Alphas Air 7.2L and Purelist 52ULB . When I first …

Nice day with the Crusaders 
Went to a C&R pond today for some trout action. Ended up with 9 on the gold tiger 2.5 Crusader and one on the Yozuri Pins minnow. Nice fish most were 14-16". …

Daiwa Gekkabijin 70-ULS Mebaru rod. 
I have found the Daiwa Gekkabijin 70-ULS Mebaru rod to be excellent for panfish in farm ponds and small streams. It casts very light lures easily and is …

Ditching Treble Hooks 
Since I started using my new finesse spinning rod, I wanted to carry over my catch and release ethics from tenkara/fly fishing to my spin fishing. …

It’s all about the pursuit...... 
I love fishing! I have been fishing since I was a child and the love affair continues. As I have grown older, fishing is as much about the entire experience …

Daiwa Ajing X 68L-S  
Hey all. I got my Ajing X 68L-S a few days ago. The quick and professional service that Chris provides. It is the only L rated JDM rod I have. All the …

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Warning:

The hooks are sharp.
The coffee's hot.
The fish are slippery when wet.