has closed and has nothing left to sell, other than a few used books. I have decided to leave the website up as a resource for people interested in fishing with light rods, light lines and light lures - true finesse fishing.

Your Stories

This is where you share your stories. Everybody has at least one. First trip, the one that got away, what worked and what didn't, or just a good story about finesse spinfishing or finesse baitcasting.

Your thoughts and comments might be just what it takes to persuade another angler that take a new look at ultralight spinfishing for trout, or even more radical, fishing an ultralight baitcaster for trout.

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What Other Visitors Have Said

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A Close look at the Shimano Soare CI4+ Ajing S408UL-S

Sometimes you end up with unintended consequences with a purchase.   Sometimes, not very often, they are positive!  In one of his earlier write-ups on this rod Chris said, "The most surprising thing, to me, is that a stiff rod - and the rod does feel surprisingly stiff - can cast a light lure so well. This rod could cast a .4g Daiwa Vega spoon better than Daiwa's XXUL area rods."  I had been fishing the fly-rod spoons a lot with fixed line rods, and I was looking for a spinning rod that would cast those light lures.  So, I ordered one.

When it arrived, I was a little surprised...

A Close look at the Shimano Exlead S57SUL/R-GS

I must make a confession,  I'm prejudiced against rods with skeleton handles and solid tips.  The Shimano Cardiff Exlead S57UL/R-GS has both!

I have 3 JDM rods that have very functional and comfortable skeleton handles.  There not as beautiful as the Tenyru handles, but in many ways I find them more functional.  The handle on the Exlead is very comfortable and functional. 

After testing several very ultra light rods, and even building one, have finally I found what I have been looking for?  I can answer the question with a resounding yes!

A Close Look at the Daiwa Presso ST 56XUL

I have had the chance to fish the Daiwa Presso ST 56XUL for the past two weeks.  Chris' review is of the 4-piece rod.  I fished the 2-piece rod.

I own the Daiwa Iprimi 60XUL-4.   I also compared the rod to the Shimano Cardiff Exlead S57SUL/R-GS.  I'll just say it, you really do get what you pay for.  The Presso ST is in between the other two rods.  I was able to fish the Presso ST in a pond, a spring,and a creek. 

Fishing this rod is a real joy

Spoon Fed Trout!

About a month ago I received a Daiwa Presso Eve spoon in Gold Dust that weighs 1.2 grams and a Daiwa Presso Eve Gekiatsu spoon in Gold Dust that weighs 2.5 grams.  These two spoons are the same size and shape.  The only difference is the thickness of the metal.   The Gekiatsu at 2.5 grams looks as thick as a brick!  I  To be honest, I had really gravitated to fishing spinners most of the time.   I fished 3 of the "Area" ponds close to where I live over the last three weeks.  I've been able to do a lot of fishing, so I'm a happy guy!

So, I got to the first pond, and saw that it hadn't been stocked that week.  There is a pool where the fish congregate for a few days after they are stocked, and you can see them swimming in a circle.  There are usually one or two people hammering that pool as well. Nobody was there, so I set-up on that peg and put the 2.5 gram spoon on the  Daiwa Iprimi 60 XUL-4 and Shimano Cardiff reel.  Looking at that thick 2.5 gram spoon had me thinking, "this isn't going to work."  I cast to one of my favorite spots, and had reeled back about 6 feet and "Wham!" fish on.

Shimano BFS Epiphany

If you have an Adlebaran BFS XG or a Calcutta Conquest BFS HG, I may have some very good news for you! I took today off work to do just whatever I wanted to do. So, I went fishing! It was a beautiful sunny almost windless day. I saw a review of the Adlebaran where the guy was casting a 1 gram lure with it. He suggested that next time he was going to try it without the extra two magnets installed. I went out this morning without the two extra magnets.

Area Fishing

For those that are new to this forum, "Area Fishing" refers to place where fish are intentionally planted. They are popular in Japan, most are private. Where I live in Idaho there are 6 sort of "Area" fishing places near me. They are public waters, not private. The Idaho Fish and Game plant trout in all 6 of them. By definition, they are pressured waters. I used to avoid them at all costs.

Cast and no Blast

Sometimes everything goes as planned!   Leaving after lunch to do some upland game hunting with my two French Brittany Spaniels and then finish the day fishing one of my favorite little stretches turned out better than expected. 

Increase Your Landing Ratio

Want to increase your landing ratio when using plugs?

Replace your treble hooks and split rings by lashing mosquito hooks directly to the hook hangers on your plugs with spectra braid...

BFS Junkie

I just spent $170.00 on an Avail handle for my Calcutta Conquest BFS 101.


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