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.

Tenkara Pyrenees

 

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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.

 

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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.

Tenkara Rod Co. + Proof Eyewear Collaboration Sunglasses

Tenkara Rod Co. has released another product collaboration, this time with Proof Eyewear, a company that specializes in high-end sustainable wood-framed eyewear.

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Retailing at $150, these limited edition polarized sunglasses also come with an accessory sunglass/fly wallet, complete with 3 woolly buggers.

Previous Tenkara Rod Co. collaborations have been with such other notable brands as Backcountry.com & Topo Designs.

Tenkara-ya: Sebata Furled Taper Tenkara Line

Tenkara-ya recently made limited quantities of lines produced by Yuzo Sebata available in their online store. This gives the tenkara angler the unique opportunity to fish a product not otherwise widely available outside of Japan.

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From the Tenkara-ya website:

Known as “Tani no Okina (Old man of the valley)”, a living legend of genryu tenkara fishing, Yuzo Sebata is probably the most well-known tenkara master of Japan. When he was in his early 20s, he met “Nikko Tenkara method”, that was inherited by very limited number of mountain people secretly. He mastered Nikko Tenkara the end of the struggle, and subsequent years of mountain stream fishing career and practices he has developed that method by himself. Long furled taper line called “Sebata Line” and his kebaris called “Sebata Kebari” are especially famous.

The characteristic of Sebata Line is its flexibility and weight distribution. The line is furled with 4 to 6 supple nylon lines, and it has good weight for casting. You can cast the line very comfortably with 6:4 or 7:3 tenkara rods. This exquisite weight distribution and flexibility of the line does not allow the follow-up of other products.

Snow Tanuki 375 Limited Edition

Luong Tam of Tenkara Tanuki teased an upcoming collaboration with Jeff Lomino (Riverworks) on a limited edition of his popular Snow Tanuki rods.

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“Here is a first Prototype Mockup for Snow Tanuki 375 Custom grip. Next step will be selection Color Cork …. More to come. It is going to be very limited — We are planing for no more than a Dozen of Snow 375 2016 Special Edition. Price: less than or about $400 USD.”

Luong is designing some beautiful rods. If you are not familiar, they are worth checking out.