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Tenkara rod recommendations

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#1 Matt DeLaVega

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Posted 13 September 2015 - 07:18 PM

I am a pretty devout fly fisherman. My passion is blue line native brook trout streams. Most of them offer little room for casting, so often I only have two to three feet of fly line off the rod, and 7-8 feet of leader/tippet. I am interested in streamlining this, and Tenkara seems like the ticket. I am thinking level line so I can cut a selection of line lengths. I am set for flies, and am good with leaders and tippet. What I need are some rod recommendations. I would like to go with a shorter rod, or one of the adjustable length rods. I will likely buy two, the Rhodo from Tenkara USA fits the bill. 8'10"-10'6" It is $215. I don't mind the price too much, just wondering if there is something else comparable for a lower cost that someone could endorse. I have a ridiculous amount of money invested in the 6 fly rods that I currently have, but this purchase is for a  very specialized purpose. Rod action is not of great importance on a stream that is less than ten feet wide, shrouded in rhododendron and hemlock trees, and where a trophy fish is likely 10 inches.


So if someone can suggest a more middle of the road rod that fits, I would really appreciate it. Thanks

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#2 CMStewart

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Posted 14 September 2015 - 05:42 PM

Take a look at the Nissin Fine Mode Kosansui 270. It is an 8'10" rod (not adjustable) which equals the shortest length of the Rhodo. I would argue that action is critical on such a short rod because it has to be soft enough to load with a very short line yet be stiff enough to keep those 10 inchers out of the snags. The Kosansui has a soft enough tip to cast a light line but has enough backbone in the midsection to control a fish. Tom Davis of Teton Tenkara did a review of the rod here:


Perhaps the best thing about the rod is that it is just $100 (but it is a very nice rod for its length).


Full Disclosure - I import and sell the Fine Mode Kosansui 270.

#3 Matt DeLaVega

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Posted 14 September 2015 - 06:10 PM

Well I don't wan a rod that is stiff as a board, but I do not need the action of a $500 dollar Winston. I would prefer to purchase from a member. Thanks, I will check it out, and all things being equal, likely purchase a couple.

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#4 Matt DeLaVega

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Posted 15 September 2015 - 11:23 AM

Actually I will probably pick up one of the Nissin Fine Mode Kosansui 270 and one of the Nissan pocket mini's in the shorter length. Still keeps me under budget. Thanks.

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#5 Chris Lynch

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Posted 31 October 2015 - 06:30 PM

I don't have the Fine Mode, so I can't speak for it- but I've got two interesting and affordable rods that have been a blast for small fish, although I haven't gotten into micro territory yet.

Daiwa Kiyose 24SF.  It's a bit stiff for a rod it's size and weight, but still very sensitive.  I can feel the small little bream biting on it, and it is a blast when a hand-sized fish is hooked.

Shimotsuke Kosasa/Kosaza 150.  This is a very small rod which is uniquely made of fiberglass instead of carbon.  VERY cheap.  I picked that one up on eBay from a seller in Japan, was only $18 with free (SLOW) shipping.  It is hilarious and fun.

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