New TryTenkara rods

by Oleg Stryapunin, CZ

Try Tenkara rods

It is a well-known fact that the very best fish live in spots where nobody can reach them with the fly: normally with an overhead canopy, where you simply do not have enough room for the backcast and again where you need the most precise casts in order avoid snagging your fly on the trees immediately above. If you normally fish in wild territory, you may not agree with me. However, if you live in a big city and fish in the nearest rivers, you will understand exactly what I mean.

All the high end Japanese Tenkara rods are wonderfully light rods. Most of them are very soft and slow and targeted to fish small iwana in high gradient Japanese mountain streams. I’ve tried the dozens of Japanese tenkara, seiryu and keiryu rods and had still not found the ideal one. I had an ambitious plan to make a tenkara rod even better than the best Japanese ones:

  • so well balanced that you can actually feel the rod load with lightest lines as you are casting. 
  • stiff enough for the most accurate and precise casts. 
  • with enough backbone to control and land modest-sized fish. 
  • with the lowest known weight for tenkara rods with a cork handle.

New TryTenkara rod

I do not intend to divulge all the industry secrets here and now, so here are only 3 fact for you to know: 5 types of the highest possible quality Japanese carbon used for the blank. 17 rods were broken when tested (2 by me personally). 

The rod development lasted 8 months from the first technical specification issue through to the first new rod actually sold.

Try 360 6:4 which is the perfect rod for small streams and rivers. You can make any casts with it in a very precise fashion: overhead, underhand and bow & arrow. This is the best rod for fishing in tight areas.

The Try 390 7:3 is a rod for use where there is no overhead canopy and where you would want additional length for longer casts. It is also intended to be the rod for the "long rod short line" approach, which will give you much better drifts than if applying a long line approach with a shorter rod.

Both rods are stiff enough to switch from dry/wet flies to nymphs, whenever required.

I like TryTenkara rods. I hope you too will also like it!

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