The Nissin Pro Spec rods are very light, very versatile "zoom" tenkara rods designed by a Japanese company for the demanding Japanese home market and actually made in Japan.
The Pro Spec 360 is designed to be fished at either 3.1 meters (just over 10') or 3.6 meters (just under 12'). With the shorter length for smaller, brushier streams with low tree branches, and a longer "all-around" length for larger, more open streams and rivers, this could be the only tenkara rod you need.
The Pro Spec 6:4 is remarkably light for a 12' rod at just 2.3 ounces without the tip plug and is well suited to either the 6" brookies in the headwaters or the 10-14" trout in small mountain streams.
It is a very sensitive, softer rod perfectly suited to fishing unweighted wet flies - tenkara as practiced in Japan. It is not too soft for modestly weighted nymphs, though. Coach's first fish caught with the 6:4 rod is shown below, along with the tungsten bead head nymph he caught it on.
Coach's first trout on the Pro Spec
The Nissin Pro Spec grip may be the most comfortable you will ever use. With two distinct "humps" it fits your hand perfectly in either position, allowing you to fine tune both the length and the balance to your taste. For anglers who grip the rod at the very butt to get every last inch of length, the rounded grip screw cap is a very welcome feature.
The Pro Spec 360 tip plug is rubber, and is fluted so that you can insert the plug while you still have your line attached to the rod. The plug is quite snug but it goes in very easily if you "screw" it in. It is not going to fall out when you least expect it, which has happened to me with the more standard wood and rubber tip plugs.
The photo above shows the rod fully collapsed. The section above the grip is the zooming section and does not collapse into the grip section.
The 2way mechanism holds the rod securely at either the 3.1 or 3.6m length. There is a narrow band of material around the front end of the zooming section that holds it firmly in the grip section. The back end of the zooming section slides over a protrusion in the grip screw, which has an "O" ring to hold it securely. Held snugly in two places, it doesn't rattle. The grip screw itself is plastic with a gold metal accent band.
The Nissin Pro Spec 360 is lighter and has a much better feel when casting than any of the Chinese made rods. I can tell you that the people who rave about the Sato have never cast a Pro Spec. The difference is obvious immediately.
Pro Spec 320
Pro Spec 360
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|I had a chance to use the new rod today. The Pro Spec 2 Way 360-310 was a great recommendation. Fully extended it feels good but at 3.1 Meters it is AMAZING. It is so "light in hand" ! It fit's perfectly in my Tenkara rod arsenal.
Today I started out in one of the more open pools with my 13 ft Zero Sum. But once I hit the upper section of the creek it narrows and the canopy becomes an issue. That's when the Pro Spec came out of my quiver. I wanted to fish a great looking spot and needed a short rod. At it's collapsed length of 3.1 meters it worked perfectly and rewarded me with a nice wild Brown on my second cast. From that point on the Pro Spec became my go to rod for the day. I caught six additional Browns at both 3.6 and 3.1 meters. I have attached a picture of the first fish I caught with this rod.
Alan D, New Jersey
|Thanks a ton for getting the ProSpec 2-Way to me so quickly! I had a chance to get it out on the water this morning, and what a great rod it is. I fished a tight-quarters, freestone stream for some wild browns, and the 3.1m - 3.6m zoom was a perfect fit. The action of the rod is great, it casts a light #3 level line effortlessly at 3.1m and 3.6m.
You should really highlight the cork/butt cap shape of this rod on your site. The double bulge allows for two very comfortable casting positions, the lowest of which is much more comfortable than many other rods as a result of the ergonomically rounded butt cap. This allowed me to comfortably choke up on the cork in tight waters, or extend my reach my zooming to 3.6m and casting from the terminus of the grip. Again, this is a wonderful rod.
Jason F, California
|I was able to get out yesterday and had a great day on the water, that rod has become my go-to for our typical, high-gradient freestone streams. I've attached below a photo of yesterday's "hog". The 10-12" rainbows and browns are an absolute blast on this rod.
Jason F, California
|I'll take that ProSpec over the [Shimano] ZL any day.
Anthony N, Pennsylvania
|I just wanted to let you know how much I am enjoying the Pro Spec 2-Way. I am on a short fishing trip in NE Tennessee. I have used the Pro Spec exclusively and have really enjoyed it. I have been fortunate enough to catch several browns and rainbows with it. The largest trout would go maybe 13-14 inches. Most are around 10-11 inches. The rod is really a joy to use.
Shawn R, Indiana
|Was able to take my rod out for the first time yesterday. Had a blast on the Tellico River. The Nissin 2 way is a lovely little rod and is perfect for most of the fishing I do in the mountains.
John D, Tennessee
|Went into the high country for what turned out to be a landmark day - I quit counting at 40 cutties in a little over 2 hours. The creek was only about 2 to 3 feet wide with heavy willow. I could never have fished any of that stretch with my traditional rod due to the density of the willow; the tenkara made it a piece of cake.
An additional hoot: because the gentle lowering of the fly to place it on the water creates a hovering effect, I was stunned to see cutthroat (often two or three at the same time) lunge up out of the water to their gills to try to catch the "flying" fly. That lead to a tweak in my technique: I danced the fly if visible trout were ignoring the dry - invariably, they immediately rose, chased and attacked. Easily done with the tenkara approach.
Gotta love it!
Duncan R, Colorado