TenkaraBum Traveler

I am very happy to announce the TenkaraBum Traveler!

When most people think of a travel rod, they think of a rod that packs down to a very short length - something that is extremely easy to pack and fits about anywhere. Rods that pack down to very short lengths are either very stiff (Daiwa Keiryu-X), very delicate (Nissin Pocket Mini) or very expensive (Tenryu TF39TA).

I don't think that's what you really want in a travel rod. My idea of a travel rod is one that is easy enough to pack - for example, fitting into a carry-on bag - but that is so versatile you could use it anywhere. You can pack one rod instead of three.

There have been three-position zoom rods in the US for years now, starting with the Suntech Field Master. The best one (or rather, the best that isn't really quite expensive) has been the Suntech GM Suikei Keiryu Special.

I have a special feeling for the Keiryu Special. It had already been discontinued when I first learned of it and I was able to import just a handful of them - what turned out to be the very last ones available. I loved the rod, though, as did the few people who were able to buy one.

Luckily, I was able to persuade Suntech to bring it back - and to give me exclusive rights to it. The Keiryu Special has sold well and now has a legion of fans, including Tom Davis of Teton Tenkara, who once wrote that it was his favorite travel rod.

That set off a light bulb!

It truly is a wonderful travel rod - not for its collapsed length but for its versatility. With one rod you can fish about anywhere, from overgrown brookie streams in the Appalachians to the Madison River in Montana.

The TenkaraBum Traveler series of rods are renamed, rebranded, repainted GM Suikei Keiryu Specials. The rod was too good to change but that name was too much of a mouthful! The new paint matches the graphic design of the TenkaraBum 33, 36 and 40 - solidifying the links between the all of the rods.

And like the TenkaraBum tenkara rods, the Traveler series will be great rods for wets, dries, weighted nymphs (and even ultralight worm fishing). The 53 will be an excellent keiryu rod for medium sized to larger streams.

The Traveler rods have the same accents between sections and have the same TENBUM logo as the TenkaraBum tenkara rods.

There are differences, of course. The TenkaraBum 33, 36 and 40 have a hard EVA foam "tenkara" grip. The Traveler rods have a smooth nonskid "keiryu" grip, which is just a wider section of the blank itself. It is smaller in diameter, but it provides unmatched sensitivity.

Like the GM Suikei Keiryu Special 39 and 44, the TenkaraBum Traveler 39 and 44 rods are three position zoom rods, with the 39 giving you the option to fish it at 3.2, 3.6 or 3.9 meter lengths. The  44 can be fished at 3.6, 4.0 and 4.4 meter lengths.

Because the rod blanks are the same as the Keiryu Special rods, the performance should be the same.

The stats should be the same, too.

Suntech TenkaraBum Traveler 39

Length - 10'4", 11'8", 12'10"
Length (collapsed) - 21"
Weight (with Fuji cap) - 2.3 oz
Weight (without Fuji cap) - 2.1 oz
Sections - 9
Tip Diameter - .6mm
Butt Diameter - 19.5 mm
Tippet recommendation - 9X - 6X
Pennies 18.5, 21, 21.5

Suntech TenkaraBum Traveler 44

Length - 11'10", 13'2", 14'4"
Length (collapsed) - 21"
Weight (with Fuji cap) - 3.0 oz
Weight (without Fuji cap) - 2.5 oz
Sections - 10
Tip Diameter - .6mm
Butt Diameter - 21.5 mm
Tippet recommendation - 9X - 6X
Pennies 18.5, 20, 21

The TenkaraBum Traveler 39 and 44 are in stock now. The 27 will follow this winter and the 53 next summer or fall.

TenkaraBum Traveler 39 - $200
TenkaraBum Traveler 44 - $215

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The GM39 is still my choice as a traveler rod. Congratulations on the rebranding of this excellent and most functional line of rods!

Tom D, Idaho


My son got his hands on my Keiryu Special 44 (now the TenkaraBum Traveler 44), and it rekindled his interest in fishing. I never thought he would take the initiative to go fishing on his own, but he often fishes the 44 on the pond near his house. He loves this rod! For the first time, he asks, "When are we going fishing again, Dad? This rod has him excited about fishing! Words can't express how happy it has made his Dad!

Les A, Idaho


The 39 and 44 were so much fun and effective I never got to the spin rod. Sorry. Landed several in the 13/14” range with no problem.

William H, Georgia