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Old 01-06-2011, 02:18 PM
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Default Tenkara: Interested, but not $140 interested?

Hey y'all,
I just learned of another company selling Tenkara rods here in the US, and they've decided to go a more budget/beginner route.

They've got a graphite/glass composite rod for $45-$50- Caddis Fly Rods

And one that's 98% graphite, faster and lighter for $70-$80- Stone Fly 360 Rod Review (that review is for the 12' rod, he's also reviewed their 11' and 13' versions of that one)

Rods can be ordered via this site- Place an Order - Tenkara Fly Fishing

I may get one of the cheaper ones "for my daughter" that I'll have to test out for her until she's big enough for it.
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Default Re: Tenkara: Interested, but not $140 interested?

I have been kinda watching the Tenkara USA movement out of the corner of my eye, mildly intrigued but not to the point becoming "familiar" with the product/style of fishing. Interestingly enough my interest level was raised last night Last night while watching a 70's? samurai movies that featured some samurai warriors in feudal fishing outfits donning, presumably, Tenkara style fishing poles, and catching fish. I immediately got the fly fisherman 2011 gear guide and flipped to the Tenkara fly rod, showed my GF who was like What are you doing and thought it looked like it may work well on some of the smaller streams in my area. I may have to try one out . C
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Its alot of fun, especially where you're able to get close to the fish and you're catching stuff under 2lbs. The first time I broke out my Tenkara rod it was so effective it felt like I was cheating.

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Hey y'all,
I just learned of another company selling Tenkara rods here in the US, and they've decided to go a more budget/beginner route.

I may get one of the cheaper ones "for my daughter" that I'll have to test out for her until she's big enough for it.
Thanks for the heads up BigCliff! I looks like a lot of fun, I spend a fair amount of time on little mountain streams where Tenkara could be perfect. And I love this idea of buying for my daughter (though at 2 1/2 it may be a few years before she can hold a 12 ft. rod!), how could a mother reject that idea!?
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Default Re: Tenkara: Interested, but not $140 interested?

Thanks man! I've been thinking about Tenkara for about a year now, but didn't want to shell out for an outfit that I would have dubious interest in.

$50 is a little easier to swallow.
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Default Re: Tenkara: Interested, but not $140 interested?

These rods might be worth a try for 50 bucks. I could always go for a new backpacking rod. At the same time I feel like part of the art of fly fishing is in the cast, and am a bit skeptical on how tenkara demonstrates that aspect of the art.
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These rods might be worth a try for 50 bucks. I could always go for a new backpacking rod. At the same time I feel like part of the art of fly fishing is in the cast, and am a bit skeptical on how tenkara demonstrates that aspect of the art.
Oh there's plenty of art involved in placing a dry fly precisely with a 12' rod.

The cast is different, for sure, but I don't think you'll find it short on "art".
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Default Re: Tenkara: Interested, but not $140 interested?

I've fished tenkara style with a $4 cane pole..... just sayin'
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Rip,
I hope you've got some fun stuff in mind for all the money you save by picking cheap tackle.
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Default Re: Tenkara: Interested, but not $140 interested?

That was a while back. Long before I'd ever heard of tenkara.
I wasn't trying to be "cheap", I did it because it was fun..... just like fishing is suppose to be.
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