Picked up some sundries at traditional Japanese angling outfitters Tosaku during the week, and set them to use. First, I bought a traditional hand-stitched cotton bag for the tanago rod I have just made.
When folded and tied it will fit as easily into your pocket as your tackle bag:
Next I bought a set of bamboo frames, the tanago angler’s version of a line-tidy, which keep your tanago rigs taut and trim and separate from one another. I then made two rigs for Teganuma tanago angling, entirely from parts and tackle I have been generously given by various anglers on the lake, and wrapped them, ready for use. For scale, I added a 1-yen coin, which is 25mm in diameter. These rigs are far smaller than anything you can buy in the stores, and I am sincerely grateful for these gifts I have received – in particular, the craftsmanship put into the floats alone is astounding.
To protect the bamboo frames with their delicate cargo, these are placed in a specially made cotton bag, looking ever like little tucked-in bedfellows.
The whole thing folds up and is secured with a knot, and everything is ready for fishing!