It’s that most wonderful time of year where Tenkara Angler publishes its 2022 holiday gift guide! We reached out to all of our favorite tenkara, fixed line, and outdoors brands looking for their top picks and deals for this holiday season, each of which we’re listing below. And while you can certainly use this list to purchase things for a ten-curious family member, I have a feeling many of you may want to take advantage of some of these offers yourself. Either way you use it, enjoy and happy holidays!
Don’t miss the highlighted deals and coupon codes for additional limited-time savings!
(Note: all discounts and coupon codes have been provided by the brands listed in this article. Tenkara Angler does not take responsibility for price discrepancies, expired coupons, or unavailable products.)
$20 off all DRAGONtail Tenkara Rods thru the end of NOVEMBER!: From the budget friendly ShadowFIRE to the super fun fiberglass-hybrid FoxFIRE tenkara rod, you can get $20 off all DRAGONtail rod models thru the end of November or while inventory lasts.
NIRVANA Rotary Fly Tying Vise with $20 OFF Coupon: The NIRVANA Rotary vise has exceptional rotary function with features that highly out functions its price point. Right now you can save $20 on this already very affordable vise with coupon code olive20 thru Christmas Day!
NIRVANA Small Silicone Waterproof Fly Box with Artwork by Anthony Naples: This small, stylish fly box with a silicone insert is wonderful BUT what makes it really special is that it features artwork by Tenkara Angler’s own Anthony Naples!
Sato Tenkara Rod: The 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). The Sato is perfect for tighter streams at its shorter length and, when fully open, is ideal for open streams or bigger pools. The Sato is named after Mr. Ernest Satow, an avid mountaineer who was the first to make a written record of tenkara. MSRP $250, now $190
Hane Tenkara Rod: The Hane is a super compact all-around tenkara rod that will quickly become your favorite adventure rod. It is the perfect rod to include on a hiking, biking, or climbing adventure when you might encounter water to fish. Measuring just under 15 inches when collapsed but extending to 10ft 10in (330cm), the Hane fits nicely inside a small day pack. MSRP $160, now $125
Tenkara Starter Kit: On your way out the door, grab your tenkara rod and this kit bag, and you’re ready to go. Just add a tenkara rod, fishing license, and water! This starter kit comes in a custom mesh bag and contains all the essentials to start tenkara fishing: Nylon Tapered Line, the Keeper™, 3 flies, tippet, forceps, nippers, and an instructional booklet. MSRP $50, now $42.50
Zen Tenkara is extending a 10% Coupon Code for Tenkara Angler Readers – TA10 – beginning 11/23/2022 through 12/31/2022. This coupon code is good for all Zen Products excluding Gift Certificates and Lessons. Blackout Dates are 11/25/22 and 11/28/22 (other holiday specials run during this time) and cannot be used in combination with any other coupons.
“Happy” Hachi Tenkara Rod: Perfect for small streams, small species and tight, cramped, or overgrown creeks. At 16” collapsed and only 1.5oz, this rod will travel anywhere. The Hachi is a mere 6′ 10″ long when extended and has a 5:5 flex profile but still has backbone and “oomph” to guide and land fish in tight places quickly and efficiently and is suited for both adult and young anglers.
Suimenka Dual Action Tenkara Rod: A versatile and capable tenkara rod, the Suimenka comes with 2 different tips that change the action and the length of the rod, on top of the zoom feature. The Nymphing tip is fast action and sturdy perfect for heavy setups or streamer fishing. The Dry fly/Standard tip is wispy and soft for the most delicate presentations and feather-soft fly landings. The Suimenka casts a wide variety of lines and lengths, and handles the broadest range of fishing scenarios.
Suzume Tri-Zoom Tenkara Rod: This ultra-light, tri-zoom can be fished at: 7.7’, 9.3’ and 10.8’ offering extreme versatility in a variety of water. The Suzume has a medium-fast action, 6:4 flex and a slender, double taper, high quality, 11” cork handle for extreme comfort and a custom fit. Perfect for backpackers, purists and those who fish small creeks or ponds for trout, crappie and bluegill.
Tenkara Rod Co.
Tenkara Rod Co. is running an early Black Friday sale with some pretty sweet offers. First, they will be running 20-50% off sitewide with the code holiday22. Then they will also be doing a free Everyday Mini Pack with purchases of $200 or more!
In addition, they thought these would be great items to highlight, if you weren’t sure what exactly to buy…
Fat Tire Tenkara Rod: Tenkara Rod Co. teamed up with Fat Tire to create a few very limited edition Fat Tire rods. Once they are gone, they are gone! It is a 12 ft. rod weighing 3 oz. 6:4 casting action means that this rod can handle anything in that 12-20+ range. Ideal for medium-sized creeks and rivers. Just an all-around fun Tenkara rod.
Everyday Mini Pack: This is a minimalist bag that could also carry all of the essentials you would need while fishing. Made of a water-resistant X-Pac fabric and featuring water-resistant YKK zippers this pack is lightweight, durable, and includes all of the features you need while fishing, and none of the features you don’t. This pack is great for a quick fishing trip, an unexpected fishing trip, or just a lightweight fishing trip!
White Cloud Tenkara Rod: This rod is ideal for tiny creeks/fish but also be a great teaching tool for kids, and that’s exactly what you will be doing with the White Cloud! Coming in at 18 inches collapsed, and 8 feet when extended, the White Cloud is Tenkara Rod Co’s shortest and softest rod, so it is perfect for children or newcomers! The White Cloud is ideal for bushy, overhanging small streams, and any fish 6-12 inches in length.
Red Brook Tenkara
Red Brook Tenkara is running a limited time “Black Friday” sale today, November 23rd through November 28th offering 15% off sitewide on all rods, starter kits, lines, flies, apparel, and accessories!
Three items that Red Brook wanted to highlight are as follows:
Ranger Tenkara Rod: The Ranger name pays homage to the conservation officers who protect our favorite fish and wildlife resources. Red Brook experimented with several rod lengths and actions to bring you the best rod for those tight areas that are home to wild brook trout. The result is an 8-foot rod that keeps the spirit of tenkara, casts beautifully, and yet can still handle that surprise oversized fish in small water.
RBT Sling Pack: The RBT Sling Pack carries everything you need while keeping with the minimalist spirit of tenkara. It offers simple accessibility while staying completely out of your way when fishing. Padded mesh provides all day comfort and an adjustable sternum strap keeps it in place. The left shoulder design frees up casting arm and shoulder.
Fly Caddy by Atollas: A microsized, portable fly storage system made for the minimalist in us all. Add your favorite flies to the EVA foam patch and clip directly the caddy to your clothing or gear. After use, simply clip the system onto the included silicone dock which sticks to your cooler, car visor, or any other hard surface with 3M adhesive backing. Your flies will stay safe, dry, and ready for your next session.
Tenkara Adventure Outfitters
Tenkara Adventure Outfitters is offering its customers 15%-25% off all TAO branded rods and $20.00 off all river peak Kiwami models. TAO has a model to cover any fishing need. All the rods in the TAO line are custom tapers, built tough and ready to explore any water from your local pond to the most remote streams. If you want a genuine Japanese rod check out the Kiwami. Perfect finesse presentations are possible with this rod and its more fuller flex keeps the action fun and exciting all day!
Pride of craftsmanship; creativity; and, angling experience are the cornerstones that TYROAM is built upon. Ty Espinoza is the owner of TYROAM who creates and hand-ties each and every fly pattern and wading staff offered on his Etsy marketplace shop. Fly patterns are field-tested for both effectiveness and durability before being considered as a shop offering so one can be confident when choosing TYROAM.
Special 10% discount for friends of Tenkara Angler by using shop code: TA10TYROAM. Discount valid through 3/31/23.
Wasatch Tenkara Rods
Wasatch Tenkara is releasing a two new rods this holiday season, DARTH QUATTRO & SIYCO! Darth Quattro will launch on 11/25 and is the first quadruple zoom tenkara rod. Fishable at four lengths – 5’6″/6’6″/7’6″/8’6″ – it will be available in both 5:5 & 6:4 flex models. The Siyco will launch on 12/1 and will be the first glow-in-the dark tenkara rod we’re aware of. Outside of the glowing paint job, the Siyco is a double zoom 14’6″/16′ 8:2 action rod.
To celebrate the holidays and these new rod launches, Wasatch will be shipping orders of the Darth Quattro and Siyco with a free 15′ of Chameleon level line and rod mounted line holder through January 1st, 2023.
***Additionally, save 10% on anything offered by Wasatch by using coupon code tenkaraangler10 ***
Tenkara Path is holding its first holiday sale. Any orders taken before December 7th will enjoy 20% off your entire order when you spend $30 or more, AND free shipping on all domestic orders. This includes wooden Custom Tenkara Path spools, tenkara level ines, and other helpful accessories. The shop will close until the New Year following the cutoff, so get your orders in early. No promo code is required.
MulePak is a new friend of Tenkara Angler. They offer some great, compact packs and pouches that could be ideal for minimalist anglers. Jason has one of their MulePak belt packs and is enjoying the convenience of knowing right where all of his essentials are at all times. These small pouches are ideal for travel, (think wallet, phone, passport), so they might even be of interest to you away from tenkara. MulePak is currently running up to 50% off their entire site, so definitely check them out!
While I’m not exactly certain what the pricing will look like, make sure to check out Zimmerbuilt on Black Friday through Cyber Monday for their annual Holiday Sale. Chris Zimmer doesn’t often discount his goods, so if you’ve always wanted to grab some Zimmerbuilt gear, now it the time to get it!
Tenkara Simple Pack: Small, simple and ultralight minimalist pack designed specifically for Tenkara anglers. Weighing at only 1.6oz or 2oz and made using dyneema or X-pac fabrics. The pack can be worn in 4 different ways: On the belt, around the neck, over the shoulder, or attached to a backpack shoulder strap.
Tenkara Fanny Pack: A minimalist tenkara fanny pack that can double as a sling pack and carry everything you need for short day trips. Also made using X-pac fabric.
Tenkara Tactical Sling Pack: The tactical sling pack is designed to carry everything you need for a day out fishing, with enough room for all your tenkara gear plus lunch and water.
Did you happen to see our recent “Things I Like” video about Grayl water filtration and purification bottles? Make sure to check it out. And if it interests you, also check out the discounts they’re offering on select items in their store through November 29th by using code BFCM20!
Don’t forget to snag some Tenkara Angler logo gear as well! The easiest place to find it is on Amazon (t-shirts), or Spreadshirt (tees, hoodies, stickers and other miscellany). So if you’re interested in repping the Tenkara Angler brand or other tenkara-centric catch phrases, we’ve literally got you covered!
Last, but not least…
Finally, (and unfortunately), not all of the brands that Tenkara Angler reached out to had time to reply by our gift guide submission deadline. However, we still encourage you to pay some of these favorites a visit, as you never know what sort of last minute deals or offers they may be running.
Oh, and should you find a deal or two that we didn’t mention, please feel free to mention them in the comments section below!
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