Saturday, October 2, 2010

Amago - on the water

Last Sunday I was able to take my new Amago from TenkaraUSA for a first spin. I chose the South Platte River downstream of Deckers, around the junction of Pine Creek - a stretch I am most familiar with.

It was another beatiful day in Colorado with blue skies and temps in the 50ies in the morning warming up to mid 80ies in the afternoon and it was fairly windy with some gusts.

Most of what I thought of the Amago casting in my back yard (see previous post) turned out also to be true on the water. I was surprised how much heavier the rod feels compared to my Iwana 12ft. Much of this I am sure is the added lenght, but also the butt sections seems to be a bit wider. The difference in weight is less than one ounce but at the end of the day you might think it's more. My arm was significatly more tired compared to a full day's fishing with the Iwana 12ft, but this is also attributable to the added wind resistance of the longer rod while casting into the wind for most of the day. Also, I fished only with one line, a 13ft tapered furled line. Another line choice would have made a difference and should be tested soon (I hope).

I do like the added reach and ability to fight bigger fish with more confidence than the Iwana, the fish I caught during the day were all in the 13-14 inch range and the Amage was more than able to deal with those spunky trout.

I also tried to be true to Tenkara and fished with an Ishigaki Kebari - Adams

but after noticing huge moth like bugs (October Caddis?) the size of my thumb fluttering around, I switched to a CDC & Elk that proved to be the right choice.

My favorite is still the Iwana, but the go to rod for the big guns in the river is definitively the Amago. I am looking forward to fish it some more, with different line setups and see how it goes.


  1. Thanks for another review. It looks like the Amago might be my next rod.

    I have a blog that dabbles in tenkara, you can check it out here:

  2. Let us know on your blog how you like the Amago when you get it. It's always interesting to read some else's opinion. I have been subscribing to your blog for a while know through Google Reader.
    Keep up to good work! Tight Lines, Karel

  3. Karel,

    I just started tying an Ishigaki Adams myself - so recently I haven't even got it up on the site yet. I'm sure it will be a great fly, though, and it's good to see that you had at least a few trout that agreed.

    You'll get used to the heavier feel of the Amago (or your arm will get stronger, one or the other), and for a wide open stream like your photos show and bigger fish, it's a great choice.

    Best regards,