ITO™ 13' / 14'7" (adjustable)
The Ito is the longest rod in our lineup. We strived to achieve a very long rod, with the lightest possible feel. A true delight to fish on any mountain stream, the Ito will be most at home in wider streams, larger rivers and ponds. It is the main rod we like to recommend for those who fish more open streams. The Ito feels incredibly light at 13ft, as the balance is brought closer to the handle, and still very fishable at 14ft7in.
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Special Features: The Ito features an innovative "zoom" function, which allows the angler to lock one segment in place to fish the rod either at 13ft (390cm) length or, fully extended, at 14ft7in (450cm). The zoom locks both at the butt of the rod with a proprietary cap, and at the end of the handle segment. Having a rod that can be instantly extended an extra 2ft is a true asset in any mountain stream, even some of the smaller streams. A killer combination with a very long line in a large stream, or with a shorter line in a small stream. This is by far the most versatile rod we offer.
We used the highest possible quality cork for the handle and only the finest components to make this our premium rod. The finish is also superb, being a matte black with a gradient dark blue block at the end of each segment.
*Rod lengths may vary slightly from indicated due to the telescopic nature of the rods.*
Length:13ft - 14ft7in
Finish:Matte Black with dark blue sections
Segments:9 (can be fished as 8)
Closed length:25.8inches (65.53cm)
Handle length:12inches (30.48cm)
Weight: 4.1oz (116g) - Made in China
People searching for "Long tenkara rods", tenkara rods for large streams, nirvana, teton, often purchase the Ito tenkara rod for Tenkara USA's high quality tenkara gear, our Lifetime Warranty, and renowned customer support.
1% of the sale value of this item will be donated to conservation efforts.
Had to leave a review here after I stepped on a section of my beautiful new Ito (*crunch*). What was worse is I had an upcoming trip planned where I'd need both my rods. The customer service really did live up to the hype. TJ took great care of me and got me my rod in record time. Mind you, this is during a time where Daniel G. is officially stepping down and TUSA is basically getting acquired (I think) which is a crazy time for any company. Despite this, they were all on top of my request. Thank you!!!
When I first got my Ito, I was immediately hooked (pun intended). I already had the Dragontail Mutant but I could immediately tell the Ito would become my new go-to. The full 14+ length compared to the 13' really does cast different. When you zoom into that shorter length, it turns into a much faster-casting rod. The extra length is much appreciated in nearly every situation. When I need a 12' rod, I zoom down and choke up! Shorter than that and I defer to my Dragontail (which is very rare now). There is a good reason that Daniel believes the Ito is TUSA's best rod. If there's someone considering a first time rod, I'd recommend this one.
Grabbing the Amago to target bigger trout. Can't wait!
This is a beautiful rod that is very high quality. I end up using at the 13 foot setting mostly and only use the 14'7" setting when I need to cast longer distances.
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.
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.
This is a beautiful rod. I am an avid single and double hand fly fisherman. I am excited to use the Tenkara rod this week, dry fly fishing for Grayling in the Alaska Interior for the up coming week.