Shimano is set to release a new tenkara rod in 2023, specifically designed as an entry level rod. Called the Tenpei ( Tenzo ) Tenkara, it will be released in two different lengths: 3.3 and 3.6 meters.
Shimano states as level line tenkara has become more mainstream, this model has been developed with a focus on the ease of casting. Its parabolic flex action makes it easily cast by anyone. They say that this is one rod where you can fully enjoy the taste of tenkara. The rod will have a 6:4 flex profile, allowing a more relaxed and forgiving casting experience for those starting out in level line tenkara.
|3.3 Meter Version||3.6 Meter Version|
|8 sections||9 sections|
|48.7 cm (19 in.) nested||48.7 cm (19 in.) nested|
|3.23 m (10.6 ft. ) extended||3.65 m (12 ft. ) extended|
|64 g (2.26 oz.)||70 g (2.47 oz.)|
|20,000 Yen||21,800 Yen|
So, if you are new to tenkara, or want to try a Japanese tenkara rod designed for level line tenkara, this might be the rod for you! I have owned many Shimano rods, and I find them pleasant to fish, with an action uniquely influenced by tenkara master, Dr. Hisao Ishigaki. If you’ve never fished a Shimano, maybe it’s time! For a more specific release date, contact your favorite Japanese tenkara rod importer.
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