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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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 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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