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.

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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.

Sneak Peek: New Floating Line From Zen Tenkara

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.

TenkaraBum: Suntech Kurenai HM39R

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.

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Photo: Chris Stewart

Check out the entry: “The Best Rod Nobody Buys” for more on this overlooked rod.

South2 West8: Fish & Bike Look Book #3

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.

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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.

Smallfish Handcrafted Fly-Fishing Nets

Some beautiful work coming out of the workshop of Smallfish.

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According to the website:

“influenced by the Japanese style of Tenkara fly-fishing nets. Smallfish has taken elements of the Tenkara net style and fused them with modern fly-fishing catch and release nets.

The result is a collection of unique fly-fishing nets that blend the old and the new in a variety of organic shapes and sizes to suit both the Tenkara and the rod and reel fly-fisher.”

It’s clear that these nets are probably unlike anything else you’ll find out on the stream. Ranging from $310 – $575, there’s likely a unique design that will be calling your name.

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(Nod to Jason Klass for bringing this company to our attention)