Daiwa 43M-F & Nissin 450ZX 2 Way
I am not an evaluator, I can't do it, I am human and I have a natural tendency to be biased towards a brand that I know and spend my own money on.
But I want a good rod based on experience and not my bias towards a company.
That being said, the postman brought both rods of which I signed for and they are unboxed next to me.
One has obviously been used, the Daiwa, the Nissin appears to be brand new.
I am looking for a rod to catch rainbow trout in a large western river in the 20" range, in essence, a big water big fish Tenkara type fishing rod. This river is 4.5 hours away by freeway. I'll be driving it during the winter months and probably alone. Winter is my "off season" for Tenkara. My favorite streams are blanketed with snow, access has to wait until winter is over as all roads that lead to my favorite streams are not plowed or maintained. So I am going back to my usual winter angling spot, the Colorado River at Lees Ferry.
I've made an inquiry to the two people that I believe know best about a variety of rods outside of the Tenkara envelope, Chris Stewart and John Vetterli. Both of them weighed in on a short list of rods, lines and techniques.
I'm going to ask both of these guys to ring in on this post as I want to gather all information about these two rods here in one thread. We have discussed both of these rods to some degree but I want to focus all attention to detail here.
First, I would like to do a cursory search of the Internet for Daiwa Kiyose 43M-F & Nissin 450 ZX 2 Way.
I found the below links which interested me.
Chris Stewart: Nissin 450ZX 2 Way & Daiwa Kiyose 43M-F
Tom Davis: Diawa Kiyose 43M-F
Tom, Chris and John are all members of this forum and can further lend their experience if they choose to do so.
Any comments guys?
Chris "gulp" would you care to give me the lowdown on the common cents of both rods? Not kidding, I would like to understand how you would compare the two rods agains each other using the system of your choice. What rod is stiffer?
John, could you tell me what line I should use on these rods? I would like to use as long of a line as possible. I will try both Tenkara and known dead drift nymphing techniques.
Tom, anything you can add?
If you guys ring in, I may ask questions about what you present.
Soon as I find out a little bit about lines, I'll construct them and or use one of the suggestions.
I'll take the rods out to yard cast next.