Tenryu Fly Rods

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.

There is supposed to be a gap between the sections. Don't force it.There is supposed to be a gap between the sections. Don't force it.

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.

Tenryu Fates StreamWalker

Tenryu Fates StreamWalkerTenryu Fates StreamWalker

The remaining Tenryu Fates StreamWalker is a 7'3" 3-wt. Tenryu describes the 7'3" rod as having a fast action for pinpoint casting.

Tenryu Fates StreamWalker reel seat.Tenryu Fates StreamWalker reel seat.

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.

Just 1 rod in stock.


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“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

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

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I love it. The rod has a very nice action and is fun to cast. The only thing that bothered me was the handle was kind of small.

I do have a couple of Orvis rods and I find myself using the Stream Walker and enjoying it more than the Orvis rods.

I have not landed any fish over 12 inches with this rod but the ones that I have, the rod performed excellent.

Dexter D, Indiana