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by Mike W.

Hey, Anyone ever use a rod from Tenkara Rod Co? Received a Teton as a gift, and don't know that much about the company? Seems like a fairly stout rod? Maybe I'll use it as my northern bass rod? Any thoughts and or opinions would be appreciated! Tight lines and no reels! Mike W. Tacoma, Wa.

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May 25, 2018
Tenkara Rod Co. Teton
by: Chris Stewart

I have not fished with any of the Tenkara Rod Co. rods. More than any other tenkara company, opinions regarding them are mixed. Some people love them and some people hate them.

Since you already have the rod, and from what I understand, it is indeed a bit stiff, I would suggest getting a relatively heavy line for it. Whether to get a furled line or a size 4.5 level line is a matter of personal preference. Either would work.

By all means, use it for bass. Another possible line choice would be the Daiwa Floating Line. With it the rod will surely cast bass bugs (and mouse flies for big browns at night).

Again, I have no experience with the rod, but that's what I would do if presented with a stiff tenkara or keiryu rod.

May 25, 2018
Nice guys - lousy rods
by: Les Albjerg

Mike, I have one. You are now the proud owner of a [deleted] Chinese rod with a great paint job! I was naive and bought one of these rods as my first rod. Hey, I live in Idaho and it is an Idaho company. I think their hearts are in the right place, but the rod (mine is a Teton too) is very stiff except for the tip section. I fished mine for one day, and knew there had to be something better out there.

I did a lot of research and reluctantly ordered a Suntech rod from a guy in New York City of all places! It was the best decision I have made in the last 5 years. That first Suntech rod was a dream to cast and fight fish in the first 5 minutes of using it. I am glad it was a gift and you didn't pay any money for it.

Ethically, I am having a hard time even thinking about selling mine. When my son began showing interest in Tenkara fishing, for a fleeting second, I thought about unloading the Teton on him, but instead loaned him my TenkaraBum Traveler 44. He has now bought his own rod. What I have done is I am using the rod tube and sleeve for my Tenkara Gen 240. Stick with the tried and true tested rods from Tenkarabum. Precious fishing time shouldn't be wasted with a poor rod in my opinion.

May 26, 2018
by: Hoppy D (SD)

I'll see your 4.5 level line and up the ante with Sanyo's Valcan fluoro 5.5 level line, Chris. That line will whip any stick into submission.

Mike, as the old saying goes, "never look a gift horse in the mouth." Fish it; then decide. Contact me through Chris with your snail mail particulars, and I will send you a hank of the Valcan 5.5 to try out on your gift stick.

May 26, 2018
Revisting the Teton
by: Les Albjerg

I would like to apologize for my harsh remarks. I revisited my Teton this morning and it isn't half bad with a 4.5 level line.

What burns my shorts is the certain amount of arrogance that I find at most Tenkara companies other than TenkaraBum. They want to tell you what rod to buy because they have "special knowledge" that the angler doesn't possess. I contacted several other companies before buying my second rod.

Chris Stewart was the only one who listened to me, asked clarifying questions, and made a recommendation based on the fishing environment that I was planning to fish. When I got the second rod from Chris and went out and fished it, I had the perfect rod for the waters I wanted to fish. I don't know of any other Tenkara Rod company that offers so many choices as well as personalized service. Since Chris is selling premium Japanese rods, rather than just having rods made for him to sell, he tests them and does a write-up on the rods so the buyer can make an informed decision. Personally, one of the most versatile and forgiving rod I own is the TenkaraBum 40 that was co-developed by Chris with Suntech, and it isn't promoted enough!

So, let the buyer beware! No more rants from me.

May 26, 2018
No doubting it
by: Hoppy D (SD)

No doubts about it, Chris is the main man. The one, the only--the TENKARA BUM!

May 27, 2018
Buying from Tenkara Bum
by: Roger Hall

I purchase the majority of my equipment from Chris, if it's new. He has Great Service, Very Knowledgeable and as far as I can tell the best selection of premium rods in the US, no regrets at all after 5 years. Hard to go anywhere else. Of course I purchased my ONI I from the Master himself.

May 27, 2018
I like the Teton
by: Ben Bailey

I have a teton and a sawtooth. I like the teton a little better. It is on the stiffer side but very little tip wobble lends to quite accurate casting. I fish a 3.5 level line most of the time for trout in the 10-15" range. I ring the rod has enough backbone to pull fish out of some fairly heavy current, especially this time of year

May 28, 2018
by: Mike W.

Hey, thanks for the input! I appreciate all of it! Even negative! As long as it's honest it's useful to me! I will fish it soon and I hope it works for what I intend to use it for. That will be for bass. I do agree that TenkaraBum is the go to site for all things tenkara. Chris is a great source for honest info! And really seems like a good guy! My next rod will either be the Traveler 44 or the Suntech HM30R! Depends on what I feel the need to buy next! I really want a zoom rod so I'm thinking it will be the Traveler!? I have a furled line that came with the rod pkg. I'll try it, but I'll also take your recommendations to heart and try the other options. Hoppy D. I'll try to get you my snail mail, thanks! Keep flingin' string! Tight lines and no reels! Mike W.

May 29, 2018
by: Timmy

Hoppy D.- Interpret this phrase for me..."a hank of the Valcan 5.5?" I have no idea what you mean by "hank" or what a 5.5 Valcan is! Thanks.

May 30, 2018
Hank, the cowdog
by: Hoppy D (SD)

No, not that "Hank." The other hank.....

"Hank" is a word that doesn't get used much now, Timmy. In fact, it rather dates the person using it. But we won't get into that!

A hank is a coil of yarn, rope, hair, or other material. What I was offering Mike was a coil of Valcan 5.5 fluorocarbon level line to try out on his gift stick.

You can read about Sanyo's "Valcan" fluorocarbon lines by sliding over to Chris' "Line and Tippet" sidebar. He has a click-on link to those specific lines on that page. The 5.5 line is a special-order line from Chris that I use on my carp rods. Nice stuff for beefier rods..... (Thank you, Chris!!)

May 30, 2018
Sanyo's "Valcan" fluorocarbon
by: Les Albjerg

I bought some of the 3.5 Valcan and fished it this week. If you want a stealthy Tenkara level line, this stuff will spoil you! Fishing it side by side (figuratively speaking) in some of the clearer water that I fish against pink 3.0 line that I had on my other rod, I could tell a difference. The Pink 3.0 seemed to make the fish much more wary that the Valcan. It is very nice stuff!

May 31, 2018
Valcan line info.
by: Timmy

Les A.- Is this the color of line you were talking about compared to the pink vis line? "a milky-green fluorocarbon! The Sanyo Valcan tenkara line". *(can't post a picture or copy on this site, bummer!) And do you really feel its more vis than flo. pink or orange?

May 31, 2018
Only one color
by: Les Albjerg

Timmy - I am pretty sure the Sanyo Valcan line only comes in the milky green color. Yes it seems to be much more stealthy than the other color lines I have. I can see it pretty well too.

It is great stuff. I may be using it on several of my other rods. Chris carries it in 2.5 and 3.5 weights. I heard you can special order the 4.5 or the 5.5.

May 31, 2018
Sanyo Tenkara Line
by: Chris Stewart

Sanyo also has an orange line, but it is a dull orange and is not nearly as bright as either Oni line or Sunline.

The "milky green" Valcan is not more visible than the hi-vis orange or pink lines. It is significantly LESS visible, which makes it a stealthier line. It is visible enough in good light, though.

May 31, 2018
Fish eyes.
by: Timmy

So Chris, you are saying that the milky green line is harder for the fish to see, thus more stealthy. However we humans can see the bright orange better. Making it easier to detect strikes, yes?

May 31, 2018
by: Chris Stewart

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