Rod cases are nice to have, but very few of the Japanese rods come with cases. The Shimano Pack Tenkara comes with a case - but it is heavy enough that a backpacker would want to leave it home.
I had decided against carrying any rod cases until I saw the ones that are frequently featured on the YoshidaKebari blog. At the time, Yoshida san used Shimano Kozuka rods when fishing in the Okutama "swamp," carrying them in plastic cases which looked like a very nice solution. It took a while, but I was finally able to track them down.
Unlike the Shimano case, they are very light weight.
It turns out that they are really pretty nice. They come in two pieces (three, counting the cap). By twisting the two pieces (essentially screwing one into the other), the cases can be adjusted for length.
I've chosen to carry four sizes of the cases. The smallest fits rods that collapse to less than 18", including the Daiwa Keiryu-X, Shimotsuke Kiyotaki, Suntech Genryuko, Nissin Pocket Mini, Tenryu TF39TA and Nissin Tanago Gokoro. It does not fit any other tenkara or keiryu rods. It will fit the Nissin Pocket Mini, but it will not fit the Pocket Mini with EZ Keepers (unless you rig the EZ Keepers backwards, which some people do anyway). The new Nissin Tenkara Mini will not fit in the Small Rod Case, but it doesn't need a case anyway.
The medium one fits most tenkara, keiryu and seiryu rods and for most rods it will actually will fit two at a time - one grip first and the other tip first. The grip on the Nissin Air Stage Fujiryu Tenkara is just a bit too wide to fit two rods at once.
large one might better be called a "guide" model in that it will fit 6 tenkara
rods, three tip first and three grip first (for most rods, that is - it won't fit 6 of the Air Stage Fujiryu Tenkara rods).
The long rod case has the same diameter as the medium case, but can extend from 32" to 40". It will thus fit rods whose collapsed length is too long for the medium case: Daiwa Expert L LL36 and LL45M, Ito, Shimano Keiryu Tenkara 34-38ZL, and Suntech GMR Special. It weighs 4.2 oz.
The Shimano Honru Tenkara and the Nissin Royal Stage Honryu 390 will not fit into the Long Rod Case. The Nissin Kyogi rods and Suntech Kurenai Long and Field Master Suguru long will not fit.
The Long Rod Case is handy for carrying Tenryu Rayz, Spectra and Alter or the Shimano 2-piece spinning rods also (if their breakdown length is under 40 inches). Most 2-piece Daiwa rods will not fit because the first guide is too tall.
One nice thing about all of the cases is that there are a couple holes in the side a few inches below the cap (visible in the photos of the small case), which allow you to tie a cord loop to the case. With the loop you can tie the case to your backpack or even make a belt loop that would allow you to carry a second rod if you didn't have a backpack or Ebira.
The holes do provide a bit of ventilation, but please, do not put a wet rod in the case and then put it away. It's OK to take a wet rod home in the case, but then take it out, take it apart and allow it to dry thoroughly.
Another nice thing about the cases is that they are much lighter than the hard cases most tenkara anglers are familiar with, so you could take one with you while backpacking for greater rod protection without having to worry nearly as much about the extra weight.
These cases aren't fancy, but they are functional. Thank you Yoshida san.
Please check the collapsed length of the rod for which you are getting the case to make sure it will fit!
The Small case has a diameter of 1 1/8" and extends from 12" to 18" and weighs 1.3 ounces.
Please note: THE SMALL CASE WILL NOT FIT ANY TENKARA, KEIRYU OR SEIRYU ROD THAT COLLAPSES TO A LENTH LONGER THAN 18". IT WILL NOT FIT THE NISSIN TENKARA MINI.Small Rod Case - $10
The Medium case has a diameter of 1 1/2" and extends from 16" to just over 24". The case will not fit the Daiwa Expert L LL36 or L LL45M, Nissin Oni Honryu 450 or 395, Shimano 34-38 ZL or the Tenkara USA Ito. It weighs 2.3 ounces.Medium Rod Case - $10
ETA last week of January.
The Large case has a diameter of 2 3/8" and extends from 16 1/4" to just over 24" and weighs 5.0 ounces.Large Rod Case - $16
ETA Last week of January.
The Long case has a diameter of 1 1/2" and extends from 32" to 40".Long Rod Case - $16
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