Tenkara - Seiryu - Keiryu Rods: these are rods that I had gotten in to evaluate. For various reasons I have not (or have not yet) chosen to carry them in quantity, but each is a nice rod for its own niche. All the rods on this page are made in Japan.
Except as indicated, only one of each rod is available. Replacement parts will be available but will not be kept in stock.
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Nissin ProSquare Super Tenkara 390 8:2 - $225
From time to time I get asked for a big water / big fish rod. I'll often recommend either the Daiwa Kiyose 43MF or the Daiwa Enshou LT44SF. This is a rod for someone who wants a cork grip but doesn't want the expense of the big Daiwa. It is a very capable rod at a reasonable price. With much more backbone than the Amago (37 pennies vs. 31), this is a rod for fish with shoulders.Nissin ProSquare Super Tenkara 390 8:2
Nissin Fine Mode Nagare 330 硬調 - $165
Although this rod is the same length (11'4" vs 11'3") and has the same 硬調 rating as the Air Stage 340, it is a much softer rod. It would not take a large fish at all to put a serious bend in the rod. Still, even though some Japanese tenkara anglers use seiryu rods for tenkara fishing (they probably like the light weight and sensitivity, just as I do) the rods are generally used in more placid streams rather than the high gradient mountain streams. I was finally able to fish one of these rods in just such a stream, and I'd have to say it is a very good match. If you don't have a pushy current and plunges to contend with, a very soft rod can subdue a nice sized fish. The fish shown below is just a fraction under 12" and there was absolutely no problem bringing it to net.
The rod weighs just 1.1 ounces and is 22 1/4 inches collapsed. I have not yet done a penny test on the rod but I would guess it would be a 7 or 8.
If you like soft rods (and light weight rods) and fish in more placid streams for modest trout or sunfish, this is a very reasonably priced rod that is just a joy to fish with.
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