Already one week ago a package from overseas arrived – containing all the essential ingredients for an exotic and truly stunning topwater setup. It truly felt as if Christmas had come early! It took a bit more than two months of online research and endless, but enlightening tackle talks with my friend in Tokyo to get everything together, but it was really worth all the effort. Go on, see for yourself…
In previous posts I already tried to outline the challenges and difficulties behind this fascinating task and I’ll try to give you brief glimpse at what came out in the end. Within the last weeks I gained a more detailed insight in to the realms of Japanese surface game and the learning curve constantly went up as the tour progressed. Every now and then there where a few doubts on the way but I was sure this project would ultimately be accomplished.
First of all, I like to give you a more detailed picture of the final combo and it’s components (visit Flickr for more high-res photos).
As I already mentioned before, the reel choice was the most difficult task. Most rod grips are supposed to be pared with classic vintage style reels and the few ones that would fit modern round profiles are really hard to find. Therefore I decided to go the original way and bought a BC731SSS by custom tackle maker Isuzu. As soon as I opened the aluminum case, I was amazed by it’s unique egg shape and delicate form.
Rod and grip paired with the BC731SSS
After pairing the rod with it’s new counterpart I had second thoughts about wether this would be the perfect match or not and tried to mount a 101DC. The result was just breathtaking! Everything felt right just from the first palm and I was absolutely convinced about this combination immediately. It is not often that you can get the most important aspects together – proper handling qualities, great balance and a truly stunning aesthetic match.
There’s also the fact that Shimano’s silverling is actually one of my favorite reels and sometimes I catch myself preferring the grounding weight and more robust feel over the light-weightness of the dominating Daiwa reels in my boxes.
For the upcoming trip to Spain I’ll give both reels a try, even if the 101DC feels better for the moment. It would be premature to judge the BC731SSS before having tested it in detail. So let’s wait and see how first tests ‘ll turn out.
Another interesting task was to select appropriate and eye-catching lures for the new combo. The procedure was quite extraordinary, because of the fact that I found only two topwater stores that where willing to sell and ship to overseas customers. Luckily a friend of a friend is running a small but fine topwater section in his tackle store based in Kanagawa and I got dozens of photos from lure in his his stock that helped a lot to put together a small but fine selection of mostly wooden handmade plugs. I’ll to put together a few more details alongside with some photos in one of my next blogs. In the meantime you can already have a look at the “topwater style” section in the gallery to get a better idea of what I’m talking about.
So there she is… the first classic Japanese topwater combo. Perfectly balanced with 5,5 ft in length and a lure-weight of 1 oz (and above) – garnished with some gorgeous handmade lures – eagerly awaiting the first strike, hook-set and fight.
Did I already mentioned that my favorite lakes are still covered with ice of 5-10 cm thickness? Anyway, no need to revive winter depression. Only two weeks left until I’m heading off to Spain again. Ten relaxing days of bass fishing with my friends from Cordoba… can’t wait to go!
Finally, I would like to send big hugs to Tsuyoshi and Yuji who did a great job helping me to get this project under way and for spending a lot of time and energy to get together this great and well tuned setup of Japanese topwater tackle.
These blog entries might also be of interest for you.