Tenkara Angler Tamo T-Shirt

Today we’re happy to announce our new Tenkara Angler “Tamo T-Shirt,” a collaboration with Six Waters Co., is now available for sale in the Tenkara Angler Square store.

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Designed by the guys at Six Waters, this tee is a super-soft 60/40 cotton/poly blend, the kind of tee that’s perfect for the water, or just lounging around the house. I’d also say it’s rather true fitting, and not a  too-tight “hipster” cut. (Sorry bros!)  I’m 6’0, 210 pounds and fit in a size XL with room to spare.

The first print run was a very limited edition, so if you’re interested, they’re available in the Square store HERE, (along with Tenkara Angler stickers, and other assorted merchandise).

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Tenkara USA Sato “5-Way Zoom” Hack

One of my “New Year’s Resolutions” for 2017 is to make this blog that accompanies Tenkara Angler a bit more lively. Make it a place to share some of the goings on that happen during the 3 months between issues, providing more value to our subscribers. Even though it’s not January yet, figure there’s no time like the present.

On that note, Dave Blackhurst (@tenkarautah) shared this interesting Tenkara USA Sato “hack” on Instagram yesterday, one I don’t think I’ve seen before. I asked him if I could share it here, and he graciously agreed.

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“I fish the triple zoom Sato Rod from Tenkara USA – this is a great rod that can be fished at 10′, 11′ and 12′. This is great for almost all waters but for the really small creeks with lots of over hanging branches I use to carry a smaller rod. If you want to carry only one rod for all your waters try this tip.

Go to the hardware store and buy a 5/16 rubber o-ring for 59 cents and place it on the main segment when getting started. You can leave it there when not using it. Now if you want to fish the rod at 7′ or 8′, just insert the ring between those segments and the main segment like the pic above and it will create a pressure tension that will hold the rod in place. Now you’ll have a rod that can be fished at 5 different lengths. Super easy and quick to change out.

I only use this technique on very small water. I have had no casting problems with short level lines and the fish in those creeks won’t increase any breakage because they are usually small trout. If the river can handle a longer rod that is what you should use. Tenkara is much more effective when you can use the longest rod possible.”

Tenkara Angler Note: “Hacking” or using a rod in a way unintended by the manufacturer may void the warranty. While replacement parts for tenkara rods are generally inexpensive, please proceed at your own risk.

It’s Raining Tenkara Line Holders!

While there was much ado last week about Tenkara USA’s new tapered line, there’s also been quite a stir in the line holder department.

Esoteric Tackle

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On June 18th, UK-based Esoteric Tackle announced their new ESO Silica line spools. These look pretty interesting, as they not only hold line, but also integrate a small fly box into the spool. Plus, they’re priced extremely reasonably.

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Jason Klass covered the release of this new little widget on his Tenkara Talk blog yesterday, essentially a connector that makes two spools of level line into one. It’s kind of an interesting system, one to hold bulk line, rather than line already cut and in use on your rod.

Zen Tenkara

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Last, but not least, Zen Tenkara teased a multi-purpose line holder/fly box on their Facebook page on Friday.  More to come on this, but with its wooden construction, it’s certainly an eye-catcher.

We’ve definitely come a long way from the ubiquitous “blue spool” that is most commonly associated with tenkara, but I’m not going to lie, it’s still what I use 90% of the time.

 

Tenkara Rod Co: The Sierra Tenkara Rod

The Tenkara Rod Co. has quietly launched a new rod, the Sierra. A 10 foot, 2.8 ounce rod, the Sierra is advertised as having a “soft flex” and fits into the popular niche of sub 12 foot tenkara rod models. It carries an MSRP of $179.

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I’m certain there will be more to learn about this rod in upcoming weeks, however, for now, here is the description as posted on their website:

“The Sierra is our 10 ft. rod. It has an incredibly soft flex and amazing feel to it. We designed it with smaller water in mind. When casting is tight and you need something small and agile, this is the rod. The Sierra is one of our funnest rods because of how light and flexible it is. The rod comes with a 10.5 ft. line which really allows you to keep the rod tip high and your line off the water for precise presentations. And the action of this rod gives you so much feel throughout the entire rod. You have to see it for yourself to believe how much fun it is.”

DRAGONtail Tenkara “Fly of the Month” Club

The popular “fly of the month” subscription service has finally made its way over to tenkara. The folks at DRAGONtail are now offering a 6-month auto delivery service that allows anglers to replenish their boxes with flies on a regular basis. Perhaps the best part of the subscription is that you get to choose how many get shipped, anywhere from 12 to 36.

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Check out the DRAGONtail subscription service HERE.

Gear: Zen Suzume “Sparrow” Tenkara Rod

The latest tenkara rod release from Zen Fly Fishing Gear was announced on Friday. The Suzume, (Japanese for Sparrow), is a tri-zoom rod that fishable at 3 shorter lengths which should make it popular with those that fish tight spaces.

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MSRP: $229.99

From the Zen Fly Fishing website:

“This little pocket rocket is poised to take over Rocky Mountain National Park and other areas with tight streams and close quarters. Suzume is a tri-zoom rod fishable at 7.7’, 9.3’ and 10.8’ giving you “compactability” and accessibility, all in one tool. Suzume is a 6:4 flex with a medium-fast action. It features an 11” tapered handle that ensures that the rod is well balanced and prevents that tip-heavy feel common in other manufacturers. It also gives you enough room and options to find your own personal “sweet spot” for individualized comfort. Suzume rounds out Zen’s current rod offerings to give you a whole spectrum of tools to choose from for your next fishing adventure.”

Check out the Suzume HERE.