I have gotten emails from several customers concerned that their packages have been lost because they are late and/or tracking data shows them to have been in the Jersey City sorting facility for days.

Those packages are now moving. Most have been delivered already.

Please understand that shopping online this year has been unprecedented, and the USPS, UPS and FedEx are trying to run beyond their capacity. In the 10 years I have been shipping packages, (thousands and thousands of packages), the USPS has NEVER lost a Priority Mail package, and has lost only two or three First Class packages. Please be patient. Your packages will arrive.


It's All About the Fishing

People seem to be so wrapped up in labels. Is this a tenkara rod? Is that a tenkara rod? What is a tenkara rod?

Personally, I think they are missing the point. Other than collectors, gear junkies and tackle tarts, no one buys a fishing rod to have a fishing rod, they buy a fishing rod so they can go fishing.

A rod manufacturer can paint any label he wants on the rod. It doesn't change the way the rod fishes. He can specify a grip of any material. It doesn't change the rod's action.

To me, a rod should be chosen based on whether it works well for the type of fishing you want to do, not for the label on the rod or the material of the grip. I know of cork-gripped rods that say tenkara right there on the rod, which I have used and which I do not believe are good choices for tenkara fishing. I know of other rods, ones that don't say tenkara, and don't have cork grips that are truly outstanding at tenkara fishing. I know of several people who, after buying one of the non-tenkara rods, then sold their tenkara rod that it replaced. More people keep their rods but leave them in the closet when they go fishing with the light, sensitive rod that doesn't say "tenkara" on it.

My advice, then, freely given to one and all, is don't worry about the pigeonhole someone wants to put a certain rod in. Choose a rod that is well suited to the type of fishing you want to do.

I have personally fished with the rod models sold here. If I didn't think they were well suited for the type of fishing I'm selling them for, I wouldn't sell them. Simple as that. I should also say that most of the people who complain about this or that rod not being a "tenkara rod" haven't ever fished with it. Simple as that, also.

I want happy customers who love their rods and who'll tell their friends that they love their rods. I don't have a forum or ad budget or PR firm. I have word of mouth. Word of mouth actually works quite well - if the customers are happy.

But please remember, it really is all about the fishing.


TenkaraBum Home > Tenkara Rods > It's All About the Fishing


“The bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweetness of low price is forgotten” - Benjamin Franklin

"Be sure in casting, that your fly fall first into the water, for if the line fall first, it scares or frightens the fish..." -
Col. Robert Venables 1662

As age slows my pace, I will become more like the heron.


Warning:

The hooks are sharp.
The coffee's hot.
The fish are slippery when wet.

Beware of the Dogma






Currently processing orders that were received Jan 16.

Back in Stock Notification

To be notified when a specific item is back in stock, please use the Back in Stock form on and list the item(s) you want.

To be notified when new items are added to the shop and when any out-of-stock items are back in stock please use the This Just In... email signup form.

Both forms are on the TenBum Store site.