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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Daniel Galhardo on Tenkara Rod Design
Jan02

Daniel Galhardo on Tenkara Rod Design

I know a little about fly rod design from working in the industry for a few years. But the other day, it occurred to me that I know absolutely nothing about what goes into designing and building a tenkara rod. So out of curiosity, I turned to Tenkara USA founder Daniel Galhardo to get a few questions answered about how tenkara rods are made and what specific challenges they pose from a design perspective. What is the first step in 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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The Tenkara Rod Action Problem
Nov11

The Tenkara Rod Action Problem

I was talking to a tenkara gear designer the other day about the problem of trying to accurately describe rod action. The conversation was especially interesting to me because this is a problem I face every time I write a tenkara rod review (and one I’ve often been criticized for). Part of the problem lies with the confusing ways in which rod actions are described, and part of the problem is that “action” is often in...

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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 Rod Co. Kickstarter Project
Aug12

Tenkara Rod Co. Kickstarter Project

Further proof that tenkara is steadily growing, a new online retailer is about to enter the market. Tenkara Rod Co. has just launched a Kickstarter project to get their new line of tenkara rods off the ground. And based on their backing so far, it looks promising. Tenkara Rod Co. will initially offer two 12 ft. rods–the “stiffer” Teton and the “softer” Sawtooth. Both rods weigh in at 3.4 ounces.  Check...

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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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Is your Rod Giving you Away?
Jun17

Is your Rod Giving you Away?

Years ago, a friend of mine who had returned from a fishing trip in Tasmania told me about an unusual practice that the local anglers did there. He told me that they sanded down the blanks of their fly rods with sandpaper. My first thought was, “why on earth would anyone take sandpaper to a $500 fly rod?” He went on to explain that the lakes in Tasmania are full of large brown trout that are extremely skittish because of...

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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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A Better Tenkara Rod Rating System
Feb12

A Better Tenkara Rod Rating System

For as long as I can remember, describing fly rod action has always been problematic. The typical adjectives used such as “fast”, “medium” and “slow” are not only inadequate, but also subjective. What does “fast” mean? And does it mean the same thing to you as it does to me? At some point, there was a push to further parse the meanings of these adjectives by combining them (eg....

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