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The RiverGeezer tries his new Amago rod

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The RiverGeezer tries his new Amago rod

Postby rvrgzr » Sat Apr 17, 2010 7:02 am

As most of you know, I've used the Yamame as a workhorse rod to catch numerous species of fish, and within its limits, the rod has performed quite well. I was pleasantly surprised when I went down to the pond to cast with my new Amago rod yesterday. Of course the balance is different--there's a foot and a half more rod hanging out there, but I was able to make more accurate casts than I can with my Yamame. Perhaps it has something to do with the way the rod is balanced: to me, rod-heavy compared to the Yamame; but not to the point that it's tiring or any problem. I was sight fishing redear sunfish and was dropping a #14 soft hackle hare's ear right in front of the fishes' noses. The flex in the rod makes fighting even small fish lots of fun. You can imagine the kick when I hooked the bluegill in the photo. I'm looking forward--when the doctor says I can travel again--to taking the Amago up to some of the smaller NC mountain streams and catching rainbows, browns, and brookies.

I recommend the Amago for those to whom casting accuracy WITH LIGHT FLIES is important. I still prefer the Yamame when nymphing with any weight at all.

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It appears the rod handles bass this size okay, too:

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Oink!

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Re: The RiverGeezer tries his new Amago rod

Postby rsetina » Sat Apr 17, 2010 1:10 pm

Nice post. I've still not gone to the lake to try for bluegill or bass yet, but we may have a chance to go this week. Hope so! I like that you added you're thoughts on the two rods. Thanks for the information.
Rick

テンカラ。小さなストリームのシンプルさ。
My Tenkara Rods:
13' Ayu, 12' Yamame, 11' with a conversion handle, and an Ito.

My Wife's Tenkara Rods:
12' Ebisu and 13.5' Amago, 12' Iwana with a conversion handle, and an Ito.
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Re: The RiverGeezer tries his new Amago rod

Postby CreationBear » Sat Apr 17, 2010 5:50 pm

Very nice: I always thought that shellcrackers belonged on any "pound-for-pound" list. :)

At any rate, I hope you'll be joining all us latter-day sons of Mark Cathey up here in the GSMNP soon.
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