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.

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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)

Zen Fly Fishing Announces Two New Products

Zen Fly Fishing recently announced two new products on their blog, both of which apply to tenkara anglers, and promise to be 100% American-Made.

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.”

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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.