Tenkara USA Ito
by Dave Southall
(East Yorkshire, UK)
Already an owner of a 12' Iwana & 13' 6" Amago, I decided to buy the new Ito this October. I do a lot of grayling fishing on my local UK rivers & often fish with very fine tippet (7x) & tiny flies (size 20 to 30 CdCs & micro-nymphs & midge pupae). I loved the Amago but felt it to be a bit too unforgiving when bigger fish were being played on light tippet: so much so that I experimented with a length of Power Gum in my line set up as an extra shock absorber.
The Ito has proved to be outstanding when using light tippet thanks to its softer action. Also its extra length at full extension is great on bigger rivers.
I have already landed grayling up to 17" (plus rainbows to 15" & browns to 18") with it, whilst my mate Steve landed a superb 18.5" grayling on his Ito a couple of weeks back.
In conclusion, brilliant rod, well finished & a joy to fish with, very light in the hand despite its length.
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