Tenkara Times Try 360
Apr25

Tenkara Times Try 360

If you’ve followed my blog for a while, you’ll know that I’m a pretty big fan of rods from Tenkara Times. I’ve reviewed several of their models and am consistently impressed with their action and quality of workmanship. I’ve recently been testing their new “Try 360″ rod for a while now and am happy to report that it is no exception. Specs Length: 366 cm (12 ft.) Action: 6:4 Closed length: 57.5...

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Tenkara Centre UK Hayase
Mar16

Tenkara Centre UK Hayase

Tenkara Centre UK just released a new tenkara rod named the Hayase (which means “swift current” in Japanese). The new rod is the flagship premium rod in the company’s lineup and in addition to being constructed of higher modulus graphite for added strength and accuracy, also features some hardware upgrades that set it apart from their other models. Specs Length: 12ft (366cm) Closed Length: 22.5in (56cm) Weight: 69gms...

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Pimp your Tenkara Rod!
Jan11

Pimp your Tenkara Rod!

French company Tenkara Pyrenees recently announced that they are now offering personalized tenkara rods, allowing you to choose different graphics on the rod blank and tube. Each rod is also individually numbered and can feature your name, making it unique. The blanks are manufactured by a well-established Japanese tenkara rod maker and customized by a company called Katana Rods. Below is a video from Katana Rods showing some of the...

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New Sato & Rhodo Rods from Tenkara USA
Dec10

New Sato & Rhodo Rods from Tenkara USA

Tenkara USA has just released two new rods that are a complete departure from any design they’ve done in the past. So much so, that when I first laid eyes on them after opening the package, I had to double check the sender’s address to make sure they weren’t from a different company! Forget everything you know about Tenkara USA rods and take a closer look at why their new models for 2014 are real game changers. Sato Specs The first...

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Tenkara Rod Co. Sawtooth & Teton
Oct28

Tenkara Rod Co. Sawtooth & Teton

Ever since Tenkara Rod Company launched their wildly successful Kickstarter campaign, I’ve been eager to get their rods on the water.  Today, I finally got the chance to field test their two initial rod offerings:  the Sawtooth and the Teton.  Here is my side-by-side comparison from unboxing to stream. The Sawtooth Open Length: 12ft (360 cm) Closed Length: 20 inches Segments: 9 Handle Length: 11.25 inches Weight: 3.2 oz...

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Tenkara Times Try 390 7:3 Rod
Sep09

Tenkara Times Try 390 7:3 Rod

Right out of the box, I knew the new Try 390 rod from Tenkara Times was a winner.  For one thing, I’ve reviewed several of their rods already and upon initial inspection, the overall quality seemed in keeping with the attention to detail and consistency I’ve come to expect from them. But it wasn’t until I fully extended the rod that the magic happened.   This 13 ft. (390 cm) rod was LIGHT!  Some rods are heavy on the...

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Tenkara Centre UK Hamon Rod
Jun21

Tenkara Centre UK Hamon Rod

I’m no stranger to Tenkara Centre UK rods. I’ve reviewed their Masu and Seiryu rods so when I had the chance to try out their new Hamon rod, the expectations were already set. In my experience, their rods feature crisp actions and consistently high quality components. And the Hamon did not disappoint.   Action   [wpcol_1half id="" class="" style=""] This rod adds a 13 ft. rod to the Tenkara Centre UK lineup (the...

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Tenkara Times Motive Rod
Jun12

Tenkara Times Motive Rod

Having already tested rods from Tenkara Times such as the 1st Step and Next, I was already familiar with their quality before receiving their their Motive Rod.  In my experience, Tenkara Times makes very good rods with actions I like.  And the Motive is no exception.  Here is my review… Action The Motive is the longest rod Tenkara Times makes and it’s also noticably stiffer than their other rods I’ve tried. The...

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Clear Creek 4/6/2013 & Oni Rod Field Test
Apr07

Clear Creek 4/6/2013 & Oni Rod Field Test

A few posts ago, I wrote about my initial impressions of the Tenkara no Oni rod and this weekend, I finally got a chance to give it a workout on Clear Creek outside of Golden, CO.  Not only was the fishing great, but my field test confirmed a lot of what I had expected of the rod.   Oni Knots   Clear Creek is a fast flowing stream with a good mix of pocket water and pools that probably resembles a lot of the streams tenkara...

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Oni Tenkara Rod – Initial Review
Mar23

Oni Tenkara Rod – Initial Review

After several months of patiently waiting, my Oni tenkara rod has finally arrived!  For those of you who don’t know what an “Oni” rod is, it’s the rod designed and used by Masami Sakakibara (a.k.a. “Tenkara no Oni”), who is widely considered to be the best tenkara caster in the world.  He is notorious for being able to cast a very light level line (eg. a #1.5 or #2) in extremely long lengths with...

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Tenkara USA Ayu Series II
Feb11

Tenkara USA Ayu Series II

When I first heard Tenkara USA was redesigning their Ayu rod, it was a little disconcerting. I’ve seen it too many times before: a company has an excellent product—one that everybody likes. Then, they redesign it and it becomes pedestrian. I’m not sure what leads gear companies to do this but after a few casts, I was relieved to find that it wasn’t the case for the redesign of the Ayu. I’ve always like the original Ayu for several...

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Tenkara Centre UK Seiryu Rod
Dec02

Tenkara Centre UK Seiryu Rod

  The Seiryu is actually the second rod I’ve field tested from Tenkara Centre UK.  I recently viewed their new Masu rod and while it’s a great rod with a specific niche action and a lot of nice finishing touches, I think of the Seiryu more as an all purpose workhorse.   Specs   Length: 360cm (12ft) Closed Length: 52cms (20.5in) Weight: 76.5gm (2.7oz) Sections: 9 Colour: Dark Olive Green Handle: 23cm (11in)...

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Tenkara Times “Next” Rod
Nov28

Tenkara Times “Next” Rod

Not too long ago, I reviewed the Tenkara Times 1st Step rod. Overall, I really liked the rod even though it was a littler stiffer action than I generally prefer. But recently, I was able to test another rod in their lineup: the Next rod. With a 5:5 action, this rod was a little more my speed. Specs Length: 366 cm (12 ft.) Closed length: 56 cm (22 in.) Weight: 78 grams (2.75 oz.) Handle length: 27 cm (10.6 in.) Number of segments: 9...

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Tenkara Centre UK Masu Rod
Nov22

Tenkara Centre UK Masu Rod

The Masu is a brand new 11 ft. rod from Tenkara Centre UK (so new in fact, that at the time of this post, it isn’t even on their website yet). This is a great little rod with some nice bells and whistles not found on most other Tenkara rods. The Action At first, I thought I wouldn’t like this rod because it’s rated a 7:3 action and I’m partial to 6:4 and 5:5 rods.  But after fishing it, the Masu didn’t...

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Tenkara Times 1st Step Rod
Sep30

Tenkara Times 1st Step Rod

Tenkara Times is a relatively new player in the rapidly growing tenkara market and I recently had a chance to field test one of their rods.  Here’s the good, the bad, and the ugly on it… Specs Length: 365 cm (12 ft.) Closed length: 56 cm (22 in.) Weight: 73 grams (3 oz.) Handle length: 27 cm (10.6 in.) Number of segments: 9 Price:  79.95 EUR (approx. $103 USD)   Action The action of the 1st Step rod is a true 6:4 but...

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Tenkara USA Ayu Review
May09

Tenkara USA Ayu Review

  I’m not sure how it happened but somehow over the last two years I’ve been fishing the Tenkara USA Ayu, I haven’t done a review.  Maybe it’s because I’ve always considered it such an staple tenkara rod  that it was easy to overlook.  Sometimes, the most obvious things are the easiest to miss.  But, a review is long overdue.  And the timing is perfect since I recently got the latest version of the...

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Daiwa Soyokaze Review
May01

Daiwa Soyokaze Review

  While the Daiwa Soyokaze isn’t technically a true “tenkara” rod, any tenkara angler would immediately recognize a lot of familiar features. Telescopic blank? Check. Lilian cord? Check. No reel seat? Check. In fact, it’s hard to cast the Soyokaze and not consider it anything other than a “minature” tenkara rod. The Soyokaze line of rods is intended for a niche sport called micro fishing in...

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Tenkara USA Yamame Follow Up Review
Mar24

Tenkara USA Yamame Follow Up Review

  A while back, I wrote an initial review of the Tenkara USA Yamame.  But until now, I hadn’t actually had a chance to fish it.  Now that I’ve had it on the water, I wanted to report back as promised.  To read my more detailed  review of the Yamame’s features and design, read my initial review here.  This report is strictly about how the rod fishes. I fished the Yamame on the S. Platte river about 10 miles...

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The “Perfect” Tenkara Rod
Mar08

The “Perfect” Tenkara Rod

Sitting on the bank during one of those all-too-familiar fishless days on the South Platte, I started thinking about rod design.  With my current favorite in my hand (the Tenkara USA Ito), I began to think about what makes a rod “good”.  I’ve done a fair number of tenkara rod reviews and if you’ve followed this blog for any significant length of time, you know I have a passion for good design.  It struck me...

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Nissin Prosquare Tenkara Rod Review
Mar04

Nissin Prosquare Tenkara Rod Review

Today, I finally got to fish my Nissin Prosquare rod I recently got from Japan.  While I wasn’t sure what to expect, at the end of the day, I was pleasantly surprised.Like many low to mid priced rods in Japan, the Prosquare comes in plastic packaging with a nylon rod sack and no tube.  This is fine with me since I consider tenkara rods to be self contained and never use the tube anyway.  To me, the tube is superfluous and...

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