Finesse-Fishing is a sister website offering Japanese Domestic Market spinning and baitcasting rods and reels for trout and panfish.
Many of us started out fishing with ultralight spinning gear. Despite taking up fly fishing and then discovering tenkara, there are a core group of us who never abandoned ultralight spin fishing.
There is another group who, after the initial excitement of the great drifts they got with a tenkara rod, gradually realized that while they could use a tenkara rod about anywhere, there is a lot of water that really isn't "tenkara" water. It takes a while for the euphoria to fade away before you realize that tenkara is great on some waters, but not so hot on others. Ultralight spinning gear works very well on a lot of the water for which tenkara is OK but not great.
One of the core themes of TenkaraBum.com has always been to match the gear to the fish. A corollary of that is to match the gear to the water.
For years now, I have been importing tenkara, keiryu and seiryu rods made for the Japanese Domestic Market. I think a lot of tenkara anglers (and ALL the keiryu and seiryu anglers) accept that Japanese rods are the best.
Bass anglers have known for some time that the best spinning and baitcasting gear is made for the Japanese Domestic Market. I suspect most trout and panfish anglers have not yet realized that (no one here sells it and no one is talking about it). My goal is to change that.
A second goal is to help people understand and accept that the "worms to spinners to flies" path most tenkara anglers took is not a one way street.
If you fish with ultralight spinning gear, if you are curious about ultralight baitcasting gear (yes, it does exist), head over to Finesse-Fishing and take a look.
The names are familiar: Daiwa, Shimano and even Tenryu, which makes the nicest looking ones of all! I started importing Tenryu tenkara rods a couple years ago and have been extremely pleased with their quality. If anything, their spinning and baitcasting rods for trout fishing are even nicer than their tenkara rods.