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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.

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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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    Douglas Jackson (Manasquan, US)
    I like using my tenkara gear to catch: Smaller size fish (say 8-12" / 20-30cm), Medium size fish (12-16" / 30-40cm)
    I like using my tenkara rod in: Larger streams or rivers, Stillwater, Backpacking and remote waters
    Small rivers, streams, ponds, lakes, kayak

    I’m really glad I got this rod package. I have already caught many fish. It’s nice to be able to throw it into my pack and bike to my fishing location. Mine came with some type of defect in the rod handle, and customer service took care of it very quickly.

    You’re not only buying a rod here, you are buying their customer service-which is fantastic! This is important because eventually something will break, no matter which brand you buy. If you are thinking about buying this rod, do it! I haven’t had this much fun in awhile.

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    Nathan Staudinger (Bartlesville, US)
    I like using my tenkara gear to catch: Smaller size fish (say 8-12" / 20-30cm), Medium size fish (12-16" / 30-40cm)
    I like using my tenkara rod in: Very small streams, Stillwater, Backpacking and remote waters
    Small ponds, creeks, streams, and lakes.

    I got the Sato to try micro fishing, and it works EXCEPTIONALLY well for this purpose! I can spot fish, flip a fly out in front of them, and catch them with ease! Being able to change the rod length on the fly makes accurate, controlled casts a breeze too! I've even used it to catch younger mirror carp in a lake not far from me, and it's show to be durable from fighting them. The Sato is a wonderful rod, and I'm VERY happy with it. I would DEFINITELY recommend picking one up!

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    Eric Wilson (Palmdale, 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: Mountain streams, Larger streams or rivers

    Like to fish in all waters of the Eastern Sierra Nevada mountains. Only had time so far to set rig up and practice casting at a local reservoir, but no worries, have all summer and fall to get out! Purchased the Sato thinking it’s the most versatile. No need for net, my Lab Lucy takes care of retrieval, with no harm to fish. Drops them right at my feet!

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    Dick Sander (Seattle, US)
    I like using my tenkara gear to catch: Smaller size fish (say 8-12" / 20-30cm), Trout
    I like using my tenkara rod in: Mountain streams, Larger streams or rivers, Backpacking and remote waters
    Mid-size streams and rivers in the Cascade Mountains.

    After a call to TenkaraUSA and an insightful conversation with John around which rod would best suit my needs, we narrowed my search to two and I choose the Sato - wise choice! It arrived just in time for an hiking/fishing outing on the Stehekin River. The river was running high (run-off), but I felt my new rod allowed me to focus my fishing around boulders and paid off with some small cutts. I can't wait until my next outing with the Sato. Also - on a windy day, the tapered line (11.5 ') worked amazingly!

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    TJ Worley (Amarillo, 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: Mountain streams, Larger streams or rivers, Stillwater
    Rivers, Streams, Lakes, etc.

    I had a chance to take the Sato out a week ago, and had it meet all my expectations and then some! I think one of the greatest difference between this rod and the lower grade rod that I have is the sensitivity and great hook set capability. I fished non-stop for 5 straight hours and the rod really felt like an extension of my hand, because it is so light! It was extremely accurate with each cast, and it handle fish so well. I would highly recommend this rod because of its versatility and quality!

    Shout out to the customer service as well, because they helped me solve some small issues I ran into right from the get-go! It has been a pleasure working with this company.