I'm not much of a trout fisherman. There....I said it. I admit it fully...I would rather chase bass and panfish on the fly. I love it. I can't help myself. Regardless of my addiction and professed love of warm water fish, I do occasionally attempt to catch trout. My choices are somewhat limited where I live. In order to chase browns or brookies, I have to travel some distance. Pursuing pellet heads is closer to home but my least favorite thing to do.
I wanted to get out and give the Yomogi a whirl. However, I was short on time so I decided to go to the local pellet head stream. I was really on the fence as to whether or not I wanted to soil this marvelous new Yomogi I had in my possession with pellet heads but I also knew that I wanted to try it out. So....short on time, I made up my mind on the pellet heads and headed out.
Upon arrival, I noticed that the stream was low and the water was clear. I decided to pair the rod with a Cortland Crown II reel in the small size. I have had this reel for probably twenty years. I really dig it. I also went with the Rio Products InTouch Rio Gold trout series fly line in a WF4F. After selecting my fly and tying it on, I headed down to a pool below a bridge where the stockers like to hang out.
After watching the trout for a few moments, I carefully waded in and started casting. Immediately, I noticed that the rod was soft but powerful. I had no problem zipping line out. It was smooth like butter. A few drifts through the pool produced this little rainbow pellet head:
I was also able to land this guy a short time later:
I was truly amazed with this rod. It is not only soft but also full flexing with power. I had no problem delicately dropping dries or slinging some weighted streamers with it. I could not recommend this rod enough. It was a pure joy to fish with hidden power. Well done Kazutomo Ijuin on creating such an awesome profile. Splendid indeed!