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Overall: 4.7 / 5 based on 48 reviews
47 of 48 reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.
Great at both ends of the skill spectrum -
By: MTFisher from Montana
Way too many reviews focus on Tenkara VERSUS Western fly rods. That's like comparing your 2 wt ultralight to 7 wt streamer rod and arguing which one is better. The answer is neither. Both have their applications, and that is the heart of the matter with Tenkara. I have fished western for many years, and still love to do so. I consider myself to be very proficient with a standard rod/reel, but I also find certain places and circumstances are best fished Tenkara. By way of example, I have a small stream behind my house. I tried to fish it a few times with my western rod, and just couldn't. It was too small and too hard to get the fly where it needed to be without hanging in brush or bank. My Tenkara rod opened up that stream to me. I could dapple a fly across the full width of the stream with a 12' rod, or bow and arrow much more accurately than with my traditional rod. It's hard to explain but the light line and long rod length really open up some new techniques. I caught numerous fish (up to 12") in a stream I couldn't previously fish at all. On a separate occasion, I took my daughter on a float of a nearby river. Previously, when I handed her a fly rod I knew that my patience was going to be pushed to the max, I was going to lose some nice leaders to knots, and probably end up with a lot of flies lost with few or no fish. I handed her the Tenkara rod this trip and it was a much different experience for both of us. Without worrying about a reel and a heavy line, she could place the fly naturally and well. We didn't have a bunch of line management disasters and best of all-- she caught fish! It got her pumped about fishing, and allowed me to relax a little. Anyone who has tried to teach a child or spouse how to fish knows the value of this! So, I say Tenkara offers something to both an expert and a beginner. It's not about being a gear guy, it's about recognizing that there is no one perfect fly rod and that it's always good to have the right tools for the situation. P.S. A Tenkara rod makes a wonderful backcountry rod, especially for streams or shore accessible lakes.
Great for the beginner! -
High quality outfit for anyone interested in tenkara or looking to make a first foray into fly fishing.
Great Stepping Ston -
Great package to start off with. Good stepping stone for those who are new to fly fishing.
Simple Perfection -
Orvis does it again! My Tenkara rod has become my go to fly rod. First trip out I caught some very nice brook trout.
Tenkara USA -
Received the package without delay. Took it out the next day. I watched the online videos on knots and assembly which are VERY helpful and was all set. I had a fun time and took it to the suburban and in untying (eventhough I thought I did as the video said), broke about a 1/4 inch section. Saddened, i went home and contacted Tenkara to see if I could get more Lillian and replacement tip. They were fantastic to work with me and decided they had a faulty part and would not charge me for the replacement and I requested express delivery and in a couple of days was again able to assemble easily and fish!! What a great partnership -- Orvis and Tenkara. I could not be happier and would highly recommend to beginners to learn to cast, use flies and for the advanced to really learn to get in "touch" with their line. It certainly helped me the next trip with my tradition rod and reel--higher catch rate!! Thanks ORVIS
Great Deal! -
By: OneFlyatATime from Ohio
The outfit includes nearly all the necessities to rig your rod, minus the tippet. Set-up is simple and takes little time (assuming you know the correct knots). Casting shows this rod's accuracy, reach, and stealth. All movements seem to be telegraphed down the line right to your hand. I came from a 10 year background in Western Fly fishing, and now I can say I will use both Western and Tenkara on a regular basis. The simplicity and portability of Tenkara is what draws me to make this purchase, and I am not disappointed.
Great introduction to Tenkara -
By: AgilePenguin from Athens GA
I've been looking for a different approach to fly fishing suited for the small streams and ponds near my home. Tenkara fits the bill perfectly, and this package is a great way to start. Everything you need is included, and the instructions provided are easy to understand and quite helpful. I opened the package, attached the line, tied on one of the included flies and was catching fish in minutes. The rod is very lightweight and responsive. The sections extend smoothly, fit tightly and release easily. Tenkara technique is intuitive. If you keep the handful of helpful pointers in mind, by the end of your first outing you can make delicate, accurate presentations that would take hours of practice to master with conventional Western fly casting. I'm looking forward to lots of fun using this equipment on small streams and ponds.
Great rod -
By: BobbyB from PA
Great rod. Just as described. Fished like a dream.
Rekindle your love of fishing -
By: GWS243 from Penn.
This is a great way to get into tenkara fishing. It's extremely productive in higher-gradient streams and will teach you how to become a better tight-quarters caster and nymph angler. The booklet included in this set is excellent.