RHODO™ 8'10"/9'9"/10'6" (adjustable)
Walking down the bank, you notice a trout hanging in the current. It's oblivious to your presence. You rig your tenkara rod, look up and realize the stream is choked with overhanging limbs. You extend the rod, but in this case you don't extend it all the way, just to the first setting under 9ft in length. You cast and catch the fish.
For these situations we developed the Rhodo™, a rod that can be fished short when things get tight, or longer when the stream opens up.
The Tenkara USA Rhodo is the lightest feeling tenkara rod we make. With several years of design experience under our belt and feedback from our users, we feel we have achieved what we set out to do: give you a rod that is super light-weight, durable, versatile and feels very precise. We wanted to design a rod that would make it easy to answer "which tenkara rod should I get if I mostly fish very small streams?”
The Rhodo has two patent pending features:
Triple-zoom: this allows you to use the rod at three different lengths 8'10" / 9'9" / 10'6"= 270/297/320cm. Since we began Tenkara USA people have been asking for a sub-9ft tenkara rod. We felt that a short rod could come in handy in some cases but for the most part anglers would miss the advantage that comes from fishing with a long tenkara rod. So, we developed a rod that could be the best of both worlds: short when you need it, long when you want it!
Keep your Plug™ (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: the Keep your plug system. Tenkara USA's rods are the only rods in the market with this feature. 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 Rhodo will come with two plugs on the rod; please leave one at home in case you ever need it.
Weight: 2.1 oz (59.5 g)
Closed length: 21" (53.3cm)
Open lengths: 8'10" / 9'9" / 10'6"= 270/297/320cm*
Handle length: 9" (22.9cm)
* There may be slight discrepancies in their extended length of tenkara rods*
People searching for Sierra, White Cloud, Mini, and short tenkara rod often buy this rod.
1% of the sale value of this item will be donated to conservation efforts.
U.S. & foreign patents pending.
Rod has very nice feel and action.
The rod is very light and well balanced. It does not feel tip heavy even when fully extended. It also handles 14” fish with no problem. A great rod!
Tenkara USA has the best customer support I've experienced. I bought the Rhodo and the one I got was defective; it looked like it had been a return because the protective plastic covering on the handle was gone and the sections jammed when I tried to close the rod. Tenkara exchanged it no questions asked. I do have concerns about quality control. My wife worked for a craft company that outsourced its components from China and often had to discard quantities of materials. That Tenkara rods are manufactured in China is discomfiting since your brand is Tenkara USA. You clearly make a huge profit on each rod given the low cost of Chinese labor. Given the odyssey of the company, would it kill you to make these rods in America? Do you really need that much profit? I'm not sure I will buy from you again.
I have three Tankara rods, the latest being the Rhodo. I wanted something shorter for the tight fishing on the small mountain streams and beaver ponds and the Rhodo fits the bill perfectly! It helps when fishing the narrow water and hard to get to places. Caught a brown about two hours after the rod arrived at the house!
I'm really excited to be able to peacefully and maybe artfully? fish with a fly rod, but without the extra gear, hassle, and inefficient line management considerations. The Rhodo is a great solution for exploring and fishing small Eastern streams and the casting and fly presentation worked so intuitively. I had fish chasing the fly on my first cast and caught two easily. I also appreciate the barbless hooks for humane catch and environmental consideration. I would appreciate information about the environmental impact and sustainability of materials used in the flies and leaders - I may have overlooked it if it currently exists. I had fun trying bow-and-arrow style casting to keep control and avoid tree branches. I'm looking forward to experimenting with line and leader length to make that even better.