I spent decades on the New England coast with a 10-weight in my hand. So I appreciate large fly rods. Believe me. They get the job done where big fish and difficult conditions are the order of the day. That said, I have a special place in my heart for little fly rods. Yes, they have limited application, but where peewee size fly rods fit the fishing, they are a hoot.
So what qualifies as a peewee? To my way of thinking, it’s any fly rod 8-feet or shorter to handle a 4-weight, or lighter line. And it must also have moderate to slow action. No tip action rods should apply. A peewee should bend right down into the corks.
Check out this little rod. It was built by Yasuyuki Kabuto, a custom rod builder in Japan. The rod is a 7-foot, 3-piece, 3- weight. www.kabutorods.com The fiberglass blank is pale lemon yellow. The guides float under transparent wraps, and the slide-band reel seat is made from stacked piece of bamboo. The workmanship is top-notch, and shows a steady hand and a desire for perfection. To the eye, the rod has a Zen-like simplicity. As you expect in Japanese Art, there is nothing unnecessary. Beauty resides in the bare essentials.
So how does it fish? It handles a 3-weight line nicely, although some folks will prefer a 4wt. And it does all I ask of it on the stream. Great trout tool. Can I nitpick for a second? The tip-top on this rod seems a tad small and is not heavy chrome. There is no hook keeper. And the black finish on the reel seat is not very durable.
At a later time I’ll go into the more casting details. But while we’re on the subject of little fly rods, I’m want to do the next post on another peewee. It’s a Winston fiberglass fly rod from their Stalker Series, of the 70’s and 80’s. Learn more in recent update
(Back on April 27, 2011, I posted a review of Cabela’s Anniversary custom fiberglass, 5-foot, 9-inch, 3-weight )
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