Zen Tenkara‘s VP of Public Relations & Product Development (& contributor to the Spring 2016 issue of Tenkara Angler) Paul Vertrees released a short video yesterday teasing a new “Made in Colorado” floating tenkara line.
Visual details are a bit difficult to make out in the footage, but based on his description it appears to be another solid option for those who opt for floating tenkara lines.
Chris Stewart wrote a post over at his TenkaraBum shop regarding consumer purchasing habits that was quite fascinating. While Chris claims that the Suntech Kurenai HM30R is a wildly popular (and briskly selling rod), conversely people don’t seem to have the same affection, or perhaps awareness, for its bigger brother the HM39R.
Japanese outdoor lifestyle brand South2 West8 has published their Spring 2016 Fish & Bike look book on their website. Featuring some beautiful on stream & trail photography, if you enjoy tenkara, trout, and fat tire bikes, this will be your speed.
A few observations in paging through; appears South2 West8 offers a co-branded Sakura Kongo tenkara rod as well as some “tenkara specific” shirt/jackets that accommodate a collapsed rod.
The Crosscurrent chest pack provides an interesting configuration that is “trim, slim-lined, simple, but highly functional and as durable as a pack can be. It was made to be passed down through the generations.”
Meanwhile, perhaps the bigger tease is a new rod, which according to Zen will be, “the first 100% American made tenkara rod – blanks, material, components, the whole hot dog – USA made. And we’re proud of that, and know, we’ll be setting the bar from this point moving forward.”
It will certainly be exciting to see the feedback on each once they get into the hands of eager tenkara anglers.