One of his videos caught my attention this morning.
ロングラインテンカラ実釣！新作毛鉤フィールドテスト！Long line tenkara real fishing! New kebari field test.
I think it grabbed my attention because of the recent DT videos about fishing with long lines of 9m, and recalling Dr. Ishigaki’s diagram showing the 4 standard line lengths he fishes with, that is seen in the video from the Catskills, Tenkara in the Land of Little Rivers. The video when he addressed the group during his visit to the UK. And it’s in his books, and on a few websites. Showing lines from 4m to 9m.
In some of Star Hiroshi YTC videos he is fishing with a 10m line + 1m tippet. Using a 4 or 4.5m rod. Or at least that is what it says on the videos, but except for his first uploaded video, that was uploaded July 28th, wherein he used a 3.6m Daiwa Expert Tenkara rod. The rod used in his other videos looked like the same rod to me. But sometimes the text says 4m rod, and in other videos the text says 4.5. Whatever the case. I believe the 4 m rod is a Daiwa Mainstream Tenkara 40LT rod. [ダイワ 本流テンカラ４０ＬＴ 竿]
I found many of his videos interesting (he has only uploaded 12 videos, the newest one uploaded today)
Interesting topics, and his on screen text makes it easy for me to learn new Japanese fishing phrases. Simple statements in large font.
I suspect he is having a bit of word play fun with the nick-names of two of the better known Japanese tenkara masters.
Dr. Ishigaki, often called the Tenkara King or Great King. テンカラ大王. And Masami Sakakibara, aka Tenkara no Oni or Tenkara Demon or just Oni.
Star Hiroshi is スターひろじ .
But the on screen text of his videos has the following two names:
テンカラ大魔王 , which seems to be a combination of both Dr. Ishigaki’s and Masami’ s nick names.
Literally Tenkara Great Devil King.
Note how the kanji for Devil 魔, also has some elements for the kanji for Oni, 鬼.
A good sense of humor is always welcome. Other places in his videos he just refers to himself as 大魔王, Great Satan, much the same way Masami-san is often just called Oni.
A video from 31 July
Tenkara practice! Easy Tenkara practice method that you can do at home.
[in this case at home isn’t the back yard, it’s the roof top of a high rise apartment building. Practicing casting a 10m level line, with a 4m rod. After a few cast. Deciding 15m is the target distance. But hitting 12 ~ 13m was ok.
1:02 大魔王はいつもここで振い練習してます [ The Great Satan always practices shaking here]
It’s difficult to cast a 10m line. I do ok up to about 8m. Pretty inconsistent with 9 or 10. I’ve never tried to fish with lines that long. But I think the practice with them improves my ability to cast light lines of shorter length, and my skill at casting line in windy conditions. The practice teaches me how to put more power into the line. Mostly by developing proper timing.
From 4 Aug.
[TENKARA] Tenkara pole easy tuning!
What he did is a quick, crude way to add a little weight to the butt end of the rod. About 2oz. fishing weight. I looked up 15号オモリ. Different websites varied from 53g to 58g.
If you have a rod that you feel is particularly tip heavy, this would be a quick way to see how the added weight changes that. I’ve added weight to one of my zoom rods, by wrapping leaded line over the bottom end 1.5 inches of the grip. About 1 oz. It shortened the balance point of the rod by 12.6cm at it’s short length, from 68.2 cm to 55.6. It shortened the balance point (aka center of gravity) at it’s extended length by 22.2cm, from 95cm to 72.8cm. Despite adding 1 oz to the weight of the rod. The rod actually felt lighter because it balanced better.
However, adding weight to the grip doesn’t change the Rod Moment by any significant amount. It will still take the same amount of force to make the casting stroke. I believe the only way to reduce RM is to build the rod with lighter rod sections.
Weights or counter-balance weights to be added to the butt end of the rod are commercially available for some rods, and can be found in tackle shops for use with the long keiryu rods. This is not just a home brew method of doing this. I recall once stumbling upon an online tackle shop page where weights were sold for different models of rods. They were made to fit the threads of the butt cap. Remove the cap, screw on the weight in its place. Mostly they were for the 8m or so rod models.
Fishing with a 10m line isn’t just for big wide rivers. From 11 Aug.
Long line Tenkara real fishing! New fly-field test!
4.5m rod, 10m LL, 1m tippet, fishing a narrow stream.
Did you catch that kebari he is field testing at about 6:30 ? It actually has a spinner. スピンスター「仮 ]
In his last video, posted the day after this one. The video is longer, he’s fishing a larger river, there is a better view of this kebari, and he added a ガン玉 [Gun Ball, aka split shot, but what an interesting name ] ahead of the kebari.
And his most recent video verifies what a friend told me this morning. They’ve been getting a lot of rain in Japan the last few days.
Anyway, he began uploading videos less than two weeks ago. He appears to be a skilled angler, if you watch closely you can notice him using different fishing techniques. Maybe in the future there will be other interesting videos. Or at least entertaining for me, but I’m often amused by odd stuff.
Link to his YTC below: