The Tenryu Rayz Integral RZI50UL-4 and RZI50L-4 are the ideal spinning rods for a backpacker, traveler or someone who takes more than one rod when fishing.
Recently, a devoted tenkara angler asked me to recommend a spinning rod and reel. I already knew that he's an avid backpacker. I also knew that he strongly believes that tenkara is the ideal way to fish a high-gradient mountain stream. Whereas many American anglers also would use their tenkara rods to fish high mountain lakes or larger rivers, he feels that outside of the waters on which tenkara was developed, it really isn't the ideal way to fish. For lakes and larger rivers, he'd rather use a spinning rod and reel.
On his hikes in the high country, he plans to fish with tenkara gear in the streams and spinning gear in the lakes. Thus, he will generally carry more than one rod. When he told me what weight lures he wanted to fish, the best rod and reel choice became obvious.
Although he would use an ultralight backpack rather than the BW Sports Fishing Backpack shown, the Tenryu Rayz Integral RZI50UL-4 will be the perfect rod for his needs.
First and foremost, it is an excellent rod. He has a Tenryu Furaibo TF39TA tenkara rod and appreciates the company's commitment to quality.
The 4-piece rod will fit inside his backpack. It comes with a hard case and divided rod sock (exclusive to TenkaraBum and Finesse-Fishing - if you buy one of the rods in Japan it will not come with the hard case or sock). Since he is an ultralight backpacker, he'll likely wrap up the collapsed rod in the sock but leave the case home.
Given that he will carry a spinning rod and a tenkara rod, the Tenryu Rayz Integral RZI50UL-4 is the ideal spinning rod to take. I carry multiple rods all the time. A two piece spinning rod is no problem at all if you carry only one rod. If you carry more than one rod, though, it is much more convenient to have a 4-piece spinning rod.
The Tenryu Rayz Integral RZI50UL-4 and RZI50L-4 break down to a shorter length than most tenkara rods. Packed either fully within the backpack or in a case strapped to the side, they are as secure as they can be. A Rayz Integral spinning rod and a TF39TA tenkara rod make a perfect pair for the backpacking angler.
Because his primary use would be on lakes, larger streams and smaller rivers, the 50" length of the Rayz Integral rod would make more sense than the 39" length of the Rayz RZ39LL, which is better suited to very narrow, overgrown streams.
Since the lures he fishes are 1/8 ounce or less, the "ultralight" RZI50UL-4 is a slightly better choice than the "light" RZI50L-4, which does better with lures over 1/8 oz (up to 1/4 oz).
The ultralight rod will still have all the muscle he'll need for the 16" fish he expects to catch in the mountain lakes.
I've caught trout up to 22" with the Tenryu Rayz Integral RZI50UL-4. All you need is a reel with a good drag. At the time, I recommended the Shimano Cardiff CI4+ C2000HGS, which I felt matched the rod perfectly. It has since been discontinued, and the Shimano Cardiff CI4+ 1000SHG or Daiwa Luvias 1003 would be my recommendation now. In addition to being as smooth as silk and having a good drag, both reels are also very light at just 6.0 or 6.2 ounces. For a backpacker, that is important. Really, though, even if you don't backpack in, having a light reel is something you will appreciate - I know I do.
Please note: there will be a gap between the sections when the rod is assembled. It is supposed to be that way. Do not try to force them together.
Model Tenryu RZI50UL-4
Breakdown Length 16 1/8"
Rod Weight 2.3 oz
Line Weight 1-4 lb
Lure Weight 1/32 - 1/5 oz (1-6 g)
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|Just wanted to drop you a line to let you know that the Tenryu was worth every penny. I was able to fish it the afternoon it arrived, and found it to be just the ticket. Unfortunately for my bank account, it will probably not be the last one I purchase.
JJ E, South Carolina