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SATO™ 10'8"/ 11'10"/ 12'9"

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    The Sato is the rod we designed to make it easier to choose a tenkara rod, reducing the need to contemplate the question of "what tenkara rod should I get?"

    The Tenkara USA Sato™ is a compact and lightweight (2.9oz) adjustable tenkara rod that can be fished at 3 lengths: 10'8", 11'10", and 12'9" (3.25m - 3.9m). At its shorter length it is perfect for tighter streams, and at its full length it will be ideal when the stream opens up again or when you find a bigger pool to cast your fly. The Sato is named after Mr. Ernest Satow, an avid mountaineer who was the first person to make a written record of tenkara. 

    The Sato™ has two patent pending features:
    Triple-zoom: this allows you to use the rod at three different lengths - 10’8”/ 11’10”/12’9” (330/360/390cm). The average length for a tenkara rod is 12ft long, we like to recommend rods that are closer to 13ft, yet many people are intimidated by such long lengths for rods intended for smaller streams. So, we felt a rod with the 3 most common lengths would be an easy choice: short to ease you into tenkara, medium to give you a taste of the advantages presented by a long tenkara rod, and long to help you take full advantage to the tenkara method. 

    Keep your Plug™ system (patent pending): We're very excited about this very simple yet innovative feature. After hearing that no one has ever been able to keep their tenkara rod plug for longer than a year, we decided we should find a solution for you to never lose your plug again. We designed the “Keep your plug”™ system. Next time you go fishing, remove the plug from the top end of your rod and insert it into the hole at the bottom of your rod. The Sato™ will come with two plugs on the rod; please leave one at home in case you ever need it.

    SPECS:
    Weight: 2.9 oz (82.2g);
    Closed length: 22 3/4"(57.78cm);
    Open lengths: 10’8”/ 11’10”/12’9” (330/360/390cm)*;
    Handle length:10 ½”(26.7cm);
    Segments: 9
    * There may be slight discrepancies in their extended length of tenkara rods* 


    People searching for Teton, Mizuchi, Sati, Hellbender, Gamakatsu, and tenkara rods usually buy the Sato, the best-selling adjustable tenkara rod in the market, for the Sato's premium performance, and Tenkara USA's reputable customer service and Lifetime Guarantee.

    Learn the knots we recommend for tenkara 

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    1% of the sale value of this item will be donated to conservation efforts.
    U.S. & foreign patents pending

    Customer Reviews

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    Philip Branton (Rio Vista, US)
    I like using my tenkara gear to catch: Smaller size fish (say 8-12" / 20-30cm), Medium size fish (12-16" / 30-40cm), Trout, Other species
    I like using my tenkara rod in: Very small streams, Mountain streams, Larger streams or rivers, Stillwater, Backpacking and remote waters
    Small mountain streams, stillwater ponds, large rivers, large lakes, coastal areas

    This is my first tenkara rod and definitely not my last. This has opened up so many new fishing opportunities on every water body I fish and the Sato is an amazingly versatile piece of equipment it catches small species like shiners and shad with ease, pan-fish like crappie and bluegill put up a good fight and it can take on larger trout amd the occasional striped bass as well! I've put this rod through its paces and have had a lot of fun. If you're thinking of getting into tenkara this is an amazing way to get started. Unless you only want to fish massive waters for big fish or overly congested areas for tiny fish with no room for a proper bow and arrow cast the size range on this rod is perfect even in tight areas. Be prepared to get some looks and answer some questions while fishing in overly public areas! In my area this concept seems wholly new or as "just cane pole fishing" so people seem to be curious how the reel-less approach works and how it compares to more conventional western approaches. It's a great conversation piece and incredibly effective.

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    William Johnson (Fontana, US)
    I like using my tenkara gear to catch: Smaller size fish (say 8-12" / 20-30cm), Medium size fish (12-16" / 30-40cm), Trout
    I like using my tenkara rod in: Very small streams, Mountain streams, Larger streams or rivers
    Small streams and rivers

    Perfect rod for a variety of situations it's all you need to carry

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    Victor Grijalva (Dallas, US)
    I like using my tenkara gear to catch: Smaller size fish (say 8-12" / 20-30cm)
    I like using my tenkara rod in: Very small streams, Mountain streams
    Streams

    Just started fly fishing, very easy with this tenkara rod. Had small problem with first rod and customer service was great, worked with me to get it fixed but ultimately replaced the rod by havin git delivered in one day. New rod is great and customer service was responsive and great to work with. Looking to take this on fishing trips!

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    Ivan F (Woodstock, US)
    I like using my tenkara gear to catch: Smaller size fish (say 8-12" / 20-30cm)
    I like using my tenkara rod in: Mountain streams, Larger streams or rivers, Stillwater
    Rivers n Lakes

    Sick rod. Versatile and well crafted 🎣

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    Glen Intermill (Bend, US)
    I like using my tenkara gear to catch: Medium size fish (12-16" / 30-40cm)
    I like using my tenkara rod in: Mountain streams, Larger streams or rivers
    Cascade streams

    Purchased to use in the lakes and streams in the Cascade range. First trip was on the Rogue River in southern Oregon. Had a blast. First cast and had a trout come up and take the fly. Been using the furreled line and it cast easily