I use it in streams, I love using Tenkara while on Paddle board
Really love my new Sato. Landed 10-12 fish the first few weeks of having it.
Had an unfortunate issue where the tip snapped on me. Reached out to [****]. They responded within 10 minutes with a couple questions and then confirmed my address and sent me the replacement parts immediately. Received them within less than 48 hours!
Can’t wait to get back out there!
Very informative and a pleasure to read.
Very interesting method of fly fishing. I’m just beginning w/ the tenkara style.
Small creeks in the Appalachian mountains
Great rods awesome for fishing mountain streams
I’ve been told I push my equipment, especially my rods. My friends say I push, I say I’m playing with them. I wish to know what I can do or not do with them. I fish mainly smallmouth bass - up to 20” - in rivers, larger creeks and streams (although I also catch white bass, channel cat, carp (to 8-pounds), drum, crappie and bluegill, and walleye – ah the joy of fishing rivers). My tippets run from two-feet to four-feet, from 4-pound-test (4X or .007”) to 8-pound-test (1X or .010”). I use mainly PVC floating fly lines and some furled lines. My flies can run to 4” in length, on 1/0 jighooks and weigh 1/10 ounce. My plastic lures (I use Keitech Swimbaits a lot) can run to 3.5 inches in length, weigh to 1/8 ounce on 1/0 jighooks.
The Satoki has performed superbly under varied conditions (in my 24 outings so far in 2023). Casts everything with power or delicacy as needed. Wind? No issue. Water speed? No issue. I can feel very subtle takes (mainly just a “tap”) out to 30’. I can also feel when the fly has picked up weeds.
I can cast it parallel to the water sidearm left, sidearm right, overhead, flip-and-drop it. Powerful takes still can surprise me, but the rod responds quickly and gets into its curve. Hook setting is sure and crisp when needed, or just a raise of the rod when softness is the ticket. Often, once I determine size and species of the fish (by how it feels and fights) the Satoki allows me to feel in control (although carp in current can test my preconceived notions of what a fish can or will do).
I’ve only fished the Satoki at full extension (the sidearm and flip-and-drop casts help me cope with trees and such behind me). I have no interest in (and so far, no need for) the shorter lengths. (Then why did I buy a triple zoom? Because that’s the way the Satoki comes, and I wanted to try the rod. I bought two, sight unseen. No regrets; period.) I like the Lillian length and that it is on a swivel connection to the rod. Big plus to me.
Cosmetics; superb. Note: this is my first time with a foam handle (I’ve always preferred cork). I like it. It feels comfy in the hand (wet or dry) and has “natural materials” feel over cork. It cleans easily too. I’ve used the rod for up to six hours of continuous fishing (though the average is four). Handle diameter works for me. No fatigue. Additionally, no sections have stuck so far (I have two techniques to avoid that) so I have no thoughts there.
Cons? None as of yet.
Satoki. Looks good; feels good; performs good. No complaints - nothing but love.
The features that interested me about the Hane were that it was stiffer than traditional Tenkara and that it was compact. I had in my mind fishing some warm water ponds nearby my home and didn't want to risk one of my more flexible Tenkaras.
First off, the rod is beautiful. White may turn people off but it didn't turn the fish off today when I was fishing with it. It is more of an off white with a little bit of what I would call pearl in it. The rod is made well. From the finish to the threads on the seat cap everything feels solid and quality made. The storage tube looks sharp as well and the bag doesn't look 'China cheap.' Not a bunch of strings hanging off and the fit was nice. The lillian came pre-knoted.
The Hane is considerably faster/stiffer than the more traditional Zen Tenkara Suzame (awesome rod) that I have fished with. This fast action made it perfect for the panfish and bass I was catching today. I brought in a nice medium sized bass with no problem. The stiff action also threw my #10 and #12 bead heads (brass and tungsten) right where I cast them. It also cast my unweighted wet fly nicely, albeit with a plop. The fish didn't seem to mind. I landed about 20 crappie, bass and bluegill my first time out with the rod. I was the only one catching fish. There was a fly-rod and several spinning reels but the Tenkara was the only one making the grade today!
When I was done I collapsed the rod, rolled up the line in my keeper, stuck the rod in my chest pack and walked out. The simplicity was awesome.
I am very pleased with this rod. I'll be eyeing Tenkara USA for some future purchases.
Fishing with the Sato rod has been a blast. I have had 40+ fish days mostly fishing with double nymph pattern.
The Tenkara Kit gives me everything I need to get started Tenkara fishing. It's the perfect amount of necessity items without overwhelming new anglers.
Great product and service.
This is a really well done book. Daniel has collected and organized a wealth of information on Tenkara. And the graphics/illustrations are extremely useful. Maybe the best book I've ever seen that seeks to teach a skill.
The goodie bag zipper slide came right off the zipper, I only opened the bag less than a half dozen times, I can't get it back on, that is disappointing!