Be vewy vewy qwiet, I'm hunting Cutthwoat Twout
Hello, I bought the Mizuchi on the Kickstarter intro and have used it on small creeks. I can (just) feel the rod load with a #3 line for the 6:4 action of the two longer 11' and 9.5' zoom lengths. I can't feel the rod load with the (on the stiff side of a) 7:3 fast/tip-flex action of shortest 8' length making it rather unpleasant to cast. So I usually fish small creeks with a 5:5 rod Tenkara Times Watershed 300 rod that has similar lengths.I have since purchased a Mizuchi from Dragontail Tenkara so I would have a telescoping rod in my arsenal. It is a very impressive rod, but the Nissin Zerosum is my favorite by a long shot.
I did lose one 14" fish in a small creek because the TT rod's full flex action was interfered with by brush and overhead branches when setting the hook and playing the fish. In another place though, I rested a lie after sticking a 13" fish that I couldn't get a good hookset on because of a low branch and had to wade into the lie to free my line and fly. After moving off about 50', I (re-composed myself), had something to eat and drink, and re-rigged my rod with a shorter 7' line; all taking about 15 minutes. I crept back into position and using the shortest 8' length hooked and landed it.
If I was regularly hooking BIG fish in the small creeks here on the westside I'd probably use the Mizuchi more.
The 6:4 - 5:5 11 - 12 penny Dt Foxfire (s-glass) is being offered on Kickstarter next week with a projected late Nov-Dec delivery. The action and two longer lengths are a very close match to my TT Ws but the Dt Ff also fishes at 6 1/2'. I'll probably give the Ff a try, and will probably wind up selling one of the two.