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Very nice long sleeve shirt. Fits true to size. Very comfortable.
I bought this rod for the portability and packability for fishing remote waters in Maine. The plan is to do some trail running and fishing. So far, it hasn't disappointed me. It's light and perfect for throwing in your trail running pack. I don't know if this is by design, but it actually fits perfectly in the Salomon quiver (it's the perfect length). You can even fit this rod plus your two trekking poles with no problem in the quiver.
It feels much stiffer than the other Tenkara USA rods, and it takes some getting used to. The first time I used this rod, I applied too much pressure and lost a few fish. I also fell and broke one of the sections. Customer service was awesome in helping me get a replacement for it (I emailed them). Now it's good as new!
What a wonderful shirt. I will be wearing this immediately. Extremely well made and it will hold up to rigorous activities.
The hat was awesome and I will enjoy wearing it in the cooler months.
If you like fishing high gradient, small mountain streams and creeks, the Rhodo is tailor-made for you. This is a very light and compact rod. It is a joy to fish with as it is so lightweight, it basically disappears and just becomes an extension of your arm. Very comfortable to fish with for long periods of time. The zoom function is nice as it is basically like having 3 rods in 1. You can fish it at a very compact 8’10” when the canopy closes in and the stream is overgrown, then on the fly, switch to a 9’9” or 10’6” length as the stream opens up and you have more room to cast. At any length, the Rhodo is a joy to cast. To sum it up in a few words, “light and sensitive” come to mind.
I like my TenkaraUSA Line Drawing T-Shirt because it is well constructed of medium weight cotton, signals that I am a fishing person and invites questions about what type of fishing a pursue. Great shirt for a summer day in the Rockies.
Ordered a rod tip for my Hane rod and everything went perfect.
Using my Ito with the Tenkara USA tapered line and bead + strike setup, I fought an 18in rainbow for 10min at the mouth of Montana Creek, and landed it. I’ve also successfully hooked rainbows on streamers in stocked Alaska lakes using the Ito. Fantastic rod, love the action when I have a fish on, and I’ll let you know if and when I find a fish I can’t land it with.
Bought this to replace the tapered line after losing it (along with the rod tip) after a careless tackle change mid-stream. Not sure what I love more — the ease of unfurling the line after storage (the tapered requires more care to keep it from snarling) or the ease of casting it. Used it on Resurrection Creek in Hope, AK, and threw a bead setup with .5in strike indicator without a problem.
The starter kit is perfect. Just take it along while backpacking, and you'll have everything you need.
The folks at Tenkara USA have been extremely helpful with issues and questions I have had. I thank them. I highly recommend this organization to anyone interested in Tenkara fly fishing.
Will use this rod to fish for brown and rainbow trout 14 inch to 18 inch
This is my favorite Tenkara USA rod and the rod I use the majority of the time. It is marketed more as a “big water/big fish” rod, which is definitely true, however I feel this is a more limiting description than the rod deserves. This rod is more than capable of taking on the smallest of streams. I would argue this rod is a solid choice for small, remote waters as its length allows you to be very stealthy and cast at little pools from a longer distance away, thus hiding you from the spookiest of trout. There are a few things to consider with this rod:
1) The only real “limitation” is how open the stream you are fishing is. It’s a long rod. You will need room to cast and maneuver it or you will have a bad time.
2) Although both lengths handle beautifully, they both cast and act differently. It really is like having 2 rods in one. While this can be an advantage, it also means there is a bit of a learning curve as it’s like casting two different rods. The shorter length has a much “snappier” and lighter feel while the longer length is noticeably slower casting.
The Sato is probably the most versatile rod from Tenkara USA. The triple zoom feature lets you easily go from a shorter length to a longer length to match any situation. The rod is very light and just kind of “disappears” while using it. The handle shape/contour is very comfortable in a variety of hand positions and doesn’t cause the pins and needles feeling in your hand after long use. Casting with this rod is very intuitive and balanced. The biggest trout I’ve caught with this rod was about 10” and the smallest being around 3-4”. In all situations, this rod handled like a dream.
The Tenkara USA level line is my go-to line for the majority of the fishing I do. It casts really well with laser like precision. The level line casts “snappier” than the furled line. It has lower memory to it than some other brands of level line I have used. Even after being coiled up on a spool for a while, all it takes is some light stretching and it’s back to being straight. One of the greatest advantages to level line is the ability to cut it at any length. Tenkara USA level line gives you plenty of line on a spool to make several long lines. The only real disadvantage to level line is the wind. It becomes trickier to cast in the wind than a furled line.