Shimano Honryu 44NP

by Jeff Roberts

I can sum up my review quickly. Amazing level line rod!! The Shimano Keiryu Tenkara 34-38ZL rod has always been a favorite rod of mine. When I first found the Shimano Honryu 44NP it looked like the bigger brother to the ZL and I knew I had to try it! It truly is a bigger brother to the ZL. Similar grip, smooth as butter cast, and same Ferrari like aesthetics, in a mainstream package.

In my endless pursuit of all things tenkara over the years I have found that I often prefer a softer rod. I love the way this rod feels while fishing. For true tenkara style rods I have owned or fished with, I have not found one finer. How much do I love this rod? I have two. Thanks again Chris!!!

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