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Fountainhead Tenkara Rods

by Jay

I purchased a Fountainhead Caddis 330 and Stonefly 360. I can tell the difference between the 2 rods but it is hard. These are my first tenkara rods and as such I have little to compare them to. The quality seems good and I am really enjoying fishing with them. The TenkaraBum #4 fluorocarbon line is awesome in low light. I recently caught 2 14" rainbows on the Stonefly and it worked nicely. I also hooked and lost a 18" plus fish but due to my position I was unable to fight the fish effectively and it broke my line (7x). I feel that if I had been in a better position I would have been able to catch that fish. I seem to be able to detect more strikes on tenkara than with my standard fly gear. I caught almost all my recent fish on a #14 olive birds nest nymph. This fly is quickly becoming my go to fly. Loving tenkara.

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Feb 18, 2012
Perhaps some heavier tippet
by: TenkaraBum

Nice report and congratulations on your early success. For fishing a size 14 nymph I think you could use a thicker tippet - which would also make it less likely that a fish will break off. I'd suggest 5x, which is what I use most of the time.

Feb 19, 2012
by: Anonymous

sono Italiano di COMO ho comperato 1 Yamame e 1 Ebisu, con trote che ci sono nel fiume dove io pesco è meglio la YAMAME perchè è più rigida, e i pesci che ci sono sono grossi dai 30cm.a 50cm.iridee fario e marmorate.La EBISU è troppo molle bellessima su pesci piccoli ciao

Feb 19, 2012
Rough Google Translation
by: TenkaraBum

I'm Italian from Como. I bought a Yamame and an Ebisu. The Yamame is better in the river where I fish because it is more rigid and there are big fish, with brown trout, rainbows and marble trout from 30cm to 50cm. The Ebisu is too soft. For small fish it is beautiful. ciao

Aug 16, 2013
Fountainhead 390
by: Richard

I have the Fountainhead Stonefly 390 and I'm very pleased with it. I live in Colorado and fish the Big Thompson, and Poudre Rivers weekly. Great rod, Great action. I've also fished the Caddis 360 and found it to be a great rod...I don't mean to sound like a jerk, but I leave my Winston IM6 home....You don't have to spend $200-$250.00 to get a great Tenkara rod

Oct 03, 2013
Stonefly 360
by: Rickles

I've had mine for about a year now and absolutely love it!

My fishing is mostly panfish and Bass, but the rod has performed wonderfully.

Oct 29, 2013
Fountainhead Caddis 360
by: Okieflier

I bought my Caddis 360 back in May and have had a great time with it. I primarily use it to fish ponds and small runoffs. I normally fish it with a Elk Hair Caddis treated with floatant and a nymph about 18" below. I have caught fish on both ends and occasionally on both flies. I great way to relax and enjoy the simple things of life. I will probably purchase a stiffer rod next because I found it hard to set the hook with trout. Maybe I'm just to slow but the rod seemed soft in the set. Highly recommend the Caddis for fun fishing!!

Dec 28, 2014
by: Chris Stewart

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