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    Anyone have any experience with this?

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    those Japanese are fanatical about their fly fishing.... comically obsessed...

    I've use those rods in Japan, that's the only kind of fishing I imagine that they are good for...small mountain streams with even smaller fish....a lot of the streams are stocked with man made pools to fish in...you can catch how ever many fish you pay for, then take them up to 'mamma-san' and she'll fillet and package them for you...

    I got kicked out of one of those places because I wasn't catching anything with the flies/bait they provide, so I whipped out a #1 gold mepps and started killing them...lol...'mamma-san' ran me out of there after a dozen fish or so....

    the only big fish I've caught on them was carp...the rod was a 15 footer if I remember correctly....carp are quite strong but the big limber rod did all the work for you and actually worked ok.....after half a day with the long noodle I broke out my ugly stick that I packed with me...that was more like it....

    where are you thinking of using one of those rods?...
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    good story... never been to Japan... but I can imagine a 'mamma-san' running someone out for catching too many.

    In Alaska, the only thing I would think about using them on are grayling. There are some youtube videos of the founder of the company and some other folks fishing with them. I watched as they pulled in some decent size cutthroats, etc. up to about 16-17 inch trout. An average grayling would be fun.

    In the lower 48, mountain streams, etc. Brook trout, stuff like that. I backpack, so I saw it as something very lightweight to take with me if the trip didn't revolve around fishing. Would save a lot of weight.

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