SATO™ 10'8"/ 11'10"/ 12'9"
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.
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);
* 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.
1% of the sale value of this item will be donated to conservation efforts.
U.S. & foreign patents pending
Great build quality! I am able to catch small wild trout in Missouri with ease but also some larger 3lb and 4lb trout so long as I use my feet as the drag and move around a lot :) You will not be disappointed with this purchase.
Just used my new Sato this weekend on the Watauga river here in Tennessee. I set up a nymph rig with it at longest length. First cast landed a 20 inch beautiful rainbow. I had never seen anything like it. The rod handles fish of this size very very well!!!!! This rod had no problem casting that rig with a indicator bobber as well. So not just for traditional tenkara this beast can do it all
Could not resist buying the Sato with TUSA's recent sale--to join my Amago and Rhodo arsenal. Now have all the Tenkara lengths/weights covered...on my first outing the other day, fished the Sato at a local creek ... tried all lengths...really loved the 12'9" length--smooth, great control, minimum effort to cast...while the winter fishing is slow these days in local creeks and small rivers, a little more motivated to try my Sato on future trips and local streams in the next few months. Like the other two, the Sato is a beautiful, classy rod in looks and performance...will be "the" rod I will recommend to newbies looking for advice on a "first rod".
I have not tried it yet. Need to get a leader so I can use it
First, a positive nod to their customer service: Although there are more affordable tenkara rods out there, I choose to buy Tenkara USA because their customer service is outstanding. If you bust a tip top (very common in the tenkara world), a phone call to TUSA and nominal charge will quickly bring you a replacement (it's a Really Good Idea to order a replacement before you need it; it'll fit in your rod case and you'll never know it's there--until you're on a long-range trip with no fly shop within 200 miles). Anything wrong that's not your fault? Again, a phone call, and a replacement is on your way, no charge. Way to go, Tenkara USA.
Second, a reflection on fishing with the Sato: I grew up fishing southern California streams for tiny brown trout, using a pendulum cast to dial in Mepps and Pather Martins under overhanging alder branches. Then I started using a 6' flyrod, still chasing tiny trout in tiny streams with a lot of bow-and-arrow casts.
Then my fly fishing club in northern California turned me on the tenkara, and I invested in a Sato. I've caught small rainbows in the South American River, and 18" rainbows and browns in the Little Truckee and East Walker. While I still own and love my western rods, it's the Sato that I pack as my go-to rod for any stream that's not too big and burly. In a nutshell, fishing with the Sato is a blast because I don't need a bunch of equipment, the cast is so simple and elegant, and it just dang works well. And...because tying tenkara-style flies is so easy and quick, I always have more than enough, and that encourages me to try risky casts under branches or through rocky slots--right where you know they big ones are, but you also know it's an inside straight. No worries--you don't worry about using yet another fly because tenkara flies are built with a bit of thread, and one hen hackle feather--a pittance, compared to a lot of western-style flies.
The Sato provides you a range of rod lengths to use, depending on the brushiness of the stream or the width of the river. But, I rarely fish the optional shorter lengths--I think I've cast enough with the Sato so that it's become an extension of my arm, and it's rare when I hang up a fly in the backcast zone (well, now I've jinxed it, right?) I seem to always imagine the big ones are just at the limit of my reach!