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.
We bought this rod for a recent trip to SE Alaska. We were curious to know whether and how a tenkara rod would hold up to larger fish...maybe a bit larger than the ones we'd seen on a cursory run through of tenkara fishing for "large" fish. We were pleased with the rod's performance catching Dolly Vardens, Pinks and Cohos, some in the 12-15 pound range. It was fun, it worked well, and didn't seem to unduly stress the fish (at least no more than the 8 weight setup we used side-by-side.
The Ito is a nice rod with a long reach. Good sensitive feel for a larger rod. Lightweight for backpacking. I live near the ocean so tried for perch with a fly looking like a sand crab, and rock fish with a fly looking like a squid and will continue experimenting with flies and locations. The rod casts a heavier fly very well. I also use it for trout in the mountains. Works great on small/large water and lakes also. I think it is going to be the one I use the most. Hard to go wrong with this rod since it can be used for anything and anywhere.
The Ito is a great rod for larger rivers or anyplace you need some extra reach. The Ito feels very light in the hand at 13'. When fully extended, I notice some added fatigue in my forearm so I use it most at 13' and then extend to 14'7" when distance is needed.
The ito has been a blast for schoolie stripers…actually handles some big fish with gusto!
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!