Shoma is the standard model of Maekawa craft. The butt section does not look like Swell, but the swell section is hidden in the grip. This hidden swell section is the key of Shoma. It is not discussed much, but swell butt works maximum not at the swelled section, but at about ten inches toward the ferrule. This is why we put swell butt section in the grip. This method can maximize the butt power as well as reducing the diameter of the rod.
**All photos courtesy of Yuki Bando (Flybito Press)
<Model Name> Shoma Length and Line weight 7'0", 4wt Section 2 piece <Rod Blank> Taper Design Compound Strip Six Deflection Medium Slow Solid or Hollow Solid Bamboo Tonkin Brank color Light Brown Tip 1 tip <Around grip> Reel Seat style Downlock with ring Reel Seat metal Hard chrome Steel Reel Seat spacer Tiger Maple <Around Grip> Handle Fine Cigar Grip Portugese corks Grip Check None ＜Guide> Stripping Guide Carboloy Guides Snake Guide Metal Hard chrome Steel Color Black <Wrapping Thread> Thread Color Clear Optional
*Stacked Bamboo reel seat filler $220
*Extra tip $500