ABOUT Sendai fishing pole

The fishing pole which first lord Masamune Date loved.

The Sendai fishing pole has existed since the Edo period. It is a traditional craft art developed in Sendai that the first feudal lord Masamune Date, favored to use for sweetfish fishing. Tools developed for fishing became popular for cultural amusement during the end of Edo period. Some of the fishing poles crafted during that time were considered as fine arts.
The crafting material used is Japanese timber bamboo and Koya bamboo grown in Miyagi prefecture. The craftsman starts by cutting off the bamboo stem suited for the Sendai fishing pole from the forest. The craftsman then performs over two hundred processes, includes drying, curving, joint work and lacquering the bamboo. The pole’s chief characteristic is that it “does not to fight with a fish,” because of its flexible reaction when a fish bites. People are surprised by the fact that the pole fits your hand like it is your own body part. When using this pole and fishing for sweetfish, you will sense the moment when the hook strikes the sweetfish, and when you fish at sea, you may even know what kind of fish hits and how big it is. The Sendai fishing pole is so strong that it may last for 150 years, especially if it’s a firmly made sea fishing pole or big game pole. The various kinds of poles range from the angling by decoy pole, about 8.5m 15 patches, to the sweetfish pole, 12 or 13 patches, and the length is less than one meter for Japanese bitterling. The truly unique aspect of the Sendai fishing pole’s creation is that it is made-to-order. The process from start to completion is approximately one-half to a full year, but it is not produced unless the suitable bamboo stem for the pole is found. However, there are Sendai fishing pole lovers willing to wait for the completion of their made-to-order pole and they say “I want it, even though I have to wait for 10 years !”
From the Edo period to present Heisei period, the Sendai fishing pole attracts fishermen from all over Japan.


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