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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." …

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 …

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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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