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Tenkara USA Rod Iwana.
Tenkara USA Rod Iwana.
Tenkara USA Rod IWANA.
Tenkara USA Rod Iwana.
Tenkara USA.
Tenkara USA.

IWANA™ 12ft (360cm)

$170.00
Style: Rod Only
Description

The IWANA™ is our classic all-around tenkara rod and at a great value. The progressive taper, ultra-light weight, and tip action provides for great battles, even with smaller fish. Quality and strength are by no means compromised, and landing large fish is not unheard of. The original choice of many early tenkara adopters outside of Japan, the IWANA™ is still a great choice to help you fall in love with tenkara.  

It packs to a small compact size of 20 1/2 inches, which makes it easy to fit in a day pack

These rods have a beautiful "glossy carbon" finish, where you can see the high-quality carbon fiber material through a nice glossy finish.

Specs

Spec: 12 ft

Adjustable: No

Weight: 2.7 ounces

Closed Length: 20.5 inches

Open Length: 12 ft

Handle Length: 11 inches

Segments: 9

Finish: Gloss Carbon w/Brown Bands

Best Use:

- Budget Friendly

- Trout 20" Or Less

- Most Fish Species

- All Water

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IWANA™ 12ft (360cm)

$170.00

Meet the IWANA™

A Tenkara USA® Classic

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Unmatched value

The IWANA™ has a history like no other—it's the rod that helped propel the spread of tenkara outside of Japan. At 12' and just 2.7 ounces, it offers all-around performance in a proven package.

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Perfect to pack

The IWANAeasily collapses down to 20.5", simple to stash away in a daypack

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All-around action

The rod's 12' extended length makes it a great choice for nearly any body of water you encounter.

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Inspired by our roots

The IWANA™ borrows its name from the Japanese word for the whitespotted char, widely fished in Hokkaido.

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High-performance carbon fiber

The IWANA sports a gloss finish over the exposed carbon fiber body that gives the rod it's impressive strength for it's lightweight build.

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High-quality cork

Our IWANA is finished with an 11" (23cm) lightweight cork handle.

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What makes this rod special?

One of our first designs, the IWANA has served as many anglers first introduction to tenkara over the last 15 years, and remains one of the first rods we reach for when seeking the simplicity of an all-around rod.

THE IWANA™

Testimonials

Let satisfied tenkara anglers speak for us.

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Ari Tonteri 

“Iwana is light, balanced rod and finish of the rod is very nice. I have been fishing with the Iwana rod for a few years now and have caught several large trout and rainbow trout. The biggest rainbow salmon was from Slovenia last year, length 62cm, very strong fish but Iwana handle it very well.”



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James Kaneski

“The Iwana seems like a great value and a manageable size for someone new to Tenkara. Great for small and medium fish but surely can handle larger fish as well.”


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Best Use

Spec

Adjustable

Weight

Closed Length

Open Length

Handle Length

Segments

Finish

- Budget Friendly

- Trout 20" Or Less

- Most Fish Species

- All Water

12 ft

No

2.7 ounces

20.5 inches

12 ft

11 inches

9

Gloss Carbon w/Brown Bands

- Jack Of All Trades

- Trout 20" Or Less

- Most Fish Species

- All Water

10.7/11.8/12.7 ft

Yes

2.9 ounces

22.75 inches

10.7/11.8/12.7 ft

10.5 inches

9

Gloss Boack w/Red Bands

- Travel/Compact

- Trout 20" Or Less

- Most Fish Species

- All Water

10.8 ft

No

3.5 ounces

15 inches

10.8 ft

8 Inches

12

White

- Backpacking

- Trout 18" Or Less

- Smaller or Pan

– Small-Med Water

8.9/9.8/10.5 ft

Yes

2.1 ounces

21 Inches

8.9/9.8/10.5 ft

9 inches

8

Gloss Black w/Green Bands

- Big Fish

- Trout 20+" Or Less

- Most Fish Species

- Med-Large Water

13.5 ft

No

3.5 ounces

20.5 inches

13.5 ft

11 inches

10

Gloss Black w/Blue Bands

- Big Fish

- Trout 20+" Or Less

- Most Fish Species

- Med-Large Water

13/14.6 ft

Yes

4.1 ounces

25.8 inches

13/14.6 ft

12 inches

9

Matte Black with dark blue sections

- Jack Of All Trades

- Trout 20+" Or Less

- Most Fish Species

- All Water

10.6/12.2/13.6 ft

Yes

3.4 ounces

22.5 inches

10.6/12.2/13.6 ft

12 inches

9

Gloss Graphite w/Red Brown Bands

- Backpacking

- Trout 18" Or Less

- Smaller or Pan

- Small-Med Water

9.8 ft

No

2 ounces

14.5 inches

9.8 ft

Integral Handle

10

Blue

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Customer Reviews

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Robert Kozdemba (Austin, US)
I like using my tenkara gear to catch: Smaller size fish (say 8-12" / 20-30cm), Trout, Other species
I like using my tenkara rod in: Larger streams or rivers, Stillwater
ponds, creeks and rivers where I can see trout and bass.

The build quality of the IWANA seems really good and it casts well. My only disappointment is that the rod plug can not be stored in the handle like some of the other models.

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Gennaro Abbatiello (Lucerne, CH)
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
Med. rivers and mountain rivers

Fly fisher from long time now an happy Tenkara fisher

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Jim Brockert (Muscatine, US)
I like using my tenkara gear to catch: Smaller size fish (say 8-12" / 20-30cm), Trout, Other species
I like using my tenkara rod in: Very small streams, Stillwater, Backpacking and remote waters

This is my first Tenkara rod. I am looking forward to my first fishing experience with it soon

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John Yost (Denver, 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
Medium sized to large rivers and streams. Not in areas with tight foliage.

I use it almost exclusively for French nymphing.

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David Weiss (Mountain Home, US)
I like using my tenkara gear to catch: Medium size fish (12-16" / 30-40cm), Trout, Other species
I like using my tenkara rod in: Larger streams or rivers
Rivers and creeks in the Ozarks

Last weekend while fishing the Norfork river my worst fears were realized when I hooked a large brown trout in fast water with my Iwana rod. I soon realized that my fears were unfounded. The rod performed beautifully and the fish was landed. I have complete confidence in this rod.

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