I love this rod! Of the six tenkara rods that I own, it's rapidly becoming a favorite.
The book is a very good mix of instruction and tips for those new to Tenkara and background. I saw many of the videos before reading the book and much of the same information is covered in those, but the book makes it easier to go over it again.
SATO™ 10'8"/ 11'10"/ 12'9"
12 Tenkara Flies in Box
Have been a Tenkara USA fan since before you moved to Colorado.
Haven’t used it yet.
Don’t know yet,
Broke the 7th segment of my new Sato fighting a mahseer in the jungle rivers of Thailand in Febuary, last month. Hard to tell if the breakage was due to a production issue or because of the hard fighting mahseer or perhaps my handling of the rod. After I got back from the trip, wrote and email to TUSA a couple of days later explaining the situation and to arrange for a replacement segment. Immediately, the next day received a respond from John who had attended to my replacement request. No further clarifications were needed, he was extremely courteous in his communication and said they will replace the segment FOC and I had to just pay the international delivery charges. He was quick to send the replacement once I had made the payment and in just over 2 weeks, the replacement arrived in Malaysia. They have won me over with their excellent customer service and yes, I would buy again from TUSA.
Have not used it yet.
I got a Satoki as soon as they came out but due to medical reasons, I didn't fish it until March. I really like it for the type of nymphing and guiding I do on medium-sized rivers. It has enough backbone to play and land medium to larger trout but retains the ability to protect light tippets. I have used my longer Ito considerably but always felt it was too soft for proper nymphing. I don't get that feeling with the Satoki. It has the stiffness needed to cast in wind and set the hook well and doesn't have a C-bend when playing fish. It feels light in the hand and does not feel as if you need to cast 2-handed, as happens with many rods longer than this. I do like longer tenkara or kairyu rods on occasion for fishing further out on bigger rivers but that it a different situation and no 1 rod works for everything (although the Satoki comes close). I consider the shorter zoom lengths as bonuses for when I need a shorter rod in tight quarters and have no doubt it will perform fine (although I have not used it that way yet). This would be an excellent choice as a backpacking rod as well as for general purposes. I used it in stillwaters too, in a local pond, and it did quite well with mini balanced leeches under a small strike indicator.
I haven’t used mine in a couple years. This was a gift.
I've used dozens of different fluorocarbon level lines and this is the one I can see the best. Because it's opaque (rather than transparent like most other lines), the visual acuity is increased against a wide variety of backgrounds and lighting conditions.
The flies are simple but quality. The case is elegant
The magazine is great, very well done!