Tenryu Fly Rods? After carrying JDM (Japanese Domestic Market) rods for years now, I am convinced that they provide the best quality you can find. More and more rods these days are made in China to hold down costs. Making rods in Japan does cost more, but I believe the quality control and the attention to detail more than make up for the higher cost. American fly fishermen may not look to Japan for fly rods, but perhaps they should.
Tenryu rods in particular are
excellent quality. I've had their tenkara, spinning and baitcasting rods for years now. They are truly wonderful rods.
The Tenryu Rayz spinning and baitcasting rods have "Learn a lesson from the past" painted on the blank. That sentence is not on the Tenryu fly rods, but that same philosophy is evident.
After fly rod makers switched from fiberglass to graphite decades ago, they gradually made their rods faster and faster, eventually getting to the point that the average fisherman had to overline the rods and still had a hard time with them. Fly fishermen who wanted a pleasant day on the stream rather than a macho exercise to see who could cast the furthest finally rebelled. The pendulum then swung all the way to the other side, and glass rods became all the rage.
Tenryu learned a lesson from the past and makes the Tenryu fly rods with a composite of graphite and glass. The Fates StreamWalker rods are 79% carbon and 21% glass. The Fates Packer rods are 70% carbon and 30% glass. The rods aren't pool cues and they aren't noodles. They are soft enough that you will be able to feel the rod load and unload. They'll be fun with the 6-7" brookies you'll find in small streams, but they'll handle the unexpected fish three times that size.
The remaining Tenryu Fates StreamWalker are 7'3" and 8'2". All are 3-wt rods. The rods differ not only in their length - they have very different actions. The 7'3" rod is described as having a fast action for pinpoint casting.
The reel seat hardware appears to be black colored anodized aluminum. The hardwood spacer is the same exotic hardwood used for the reel seat spacers on their premium Specta and Alter spinning rods. Without the plastic shrink wrap (above) the wood it is very nice indeed.
3 rods in stock (sale price limited to rods in stock)
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The charge for international shipping depends on the destination country, the weight of the package, the overall length of the package and the value of the package. Packages under 24" long and under $400 in value will go via USPS First Class International. Packages over 24" or over $400 will go via USPS Priority Mail International. The international shipping charge will be calculated at checkout.
International purchases may be subject to import duties and taxes. I cannot keep track of all import regulations in all countries written in all languages. Understanding and paying import duties and taxes is the responsibility of the buyer.
TenkaraBum.com no longer ships to the UK. The new VAT regulations are too onerous for a one-man shop that rarely ships anything to the UK anyway. I apologize.
I understand the EU may apply the same regulations this summer. If that occurs, shipments to the EU will cease as well.