built by Yasuyuki Kabuto of Hokkaido, Japan. Yasuyuki is one of the most highly regarded fiberglass rod designers/manufacturers in Japan.
This particular day was perfect for fishing our light weight rods with low winds, low tide, and sunny weather. What made the day even better was small trevally found all over the flats that were willing to put a bend in our rods.
I was able to successfully test a bunch of streamer pattern tied on a #8 Mustad C47SD shrimp hook using arctic runner fur sent to me from my good friend Raf.
I tied flies in various colors and when the fur got wet, it became translucent which the Trevally found absolutely irresistible.
We fished all over the flats and landed a bunch of cool fish. I was fortunate enough to run into a school of lai (queenfish). It had been several years since I last caught one of these fishes and was thrilled with landing them.
I even got an ulae (lizardfish). It always amazed me that although small, these fishes aggressively strike the fly. I would definitely hate to be a small baitfish if lizardfishes are around.
Craig was able to land a trumpet fish.
We ended up trading rods later in the day since I wanted to test the Kabuto fiberglass. What I found out was the rod casted like a dream. Traditionally, fiberglass rods have had the stereotype of being really slow and lacking power. However, I did not find this to be true with this rod. What a wonderful rod! I may just have to keep my eye out for one of these.
It was a very fun day of fishing and to top it off we were blessed with landing a ton of cool fish. -Dean