by Rob R (FJ Guy)
(Wichita Falls, TX)
I was looking at buying a Shimotsuke Mai. I have also been considering the Tbum 36 and thought it might be a viable rival to the Shimotsuke. I like Suntech rods and I have a Kurenai that has done what I've asked of it and has even caught bigger fish than what it's designed for. The only thing that worried me about the Tbum 36 was the foam handle. I decided to take a chance and bought the Tbum 36. I was very glad I did. It truly is designed well and can do it all just as Tom Davis of Teton Tenkara stated in his review of it. I see this rod going on many fishing trips with me in the future. The fit and finish are top notch.
“The bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweetness of low price is forgotten” – Benjamin Franklin
"Study to be quiet." - Izaak Walton 1653
"Be sure in casting, that your fly fall first into the water, for if the line fall first, its scares or frightens the fish..." Col. Robert Venables 1662
The hooks are sharp.
The coffee's hot.
The fish are slippery when wet.
Beware of the Dogma