The Tenkara Rod
Tenkara is a style of "Fixed line" fishing, meaning that the line is attached to the end of the rod - there is no reel! The line is tied to a yarn-like extension of the rod called a lillian. At the end of the line is attached an even thinner section of material called tippet. The fly is then attached to the far end of the tippet.
Most average 8-14 feet long when fully extended, collapse down to around 20 inches when not in use, and weigh about 2-3 ounces. There is a practical purpose to the rod length. A Tenkara cast stops with the tip high, which allows the angler to keep the line off the water. This allows the system to offer extremely clean, virtually drag-free drifts when fished with proper technique!
Typically, manufacturers rate the action of a Tenkara rod with a ratio, like 5:5, 6:4, and 7:3. The first number is the amount of sections that are stiffer, the second number is the amount of sections that are more flexible. This also gives you a general idea of where the rod flexes - a 6:4 is most flexible 60% up the rod length. You'll see that Badger Tenkara rod specifications give a ratio and general description such as "Medium flex". Our rod actions are designed to be easily used by novices and experienced anglers alike!
Many people who come to Tenkara from a Western fly fishing background worry about using such a long rod. You'd be surprised how many tiny, brush choked streams are actually ideal for a long Tenkara rod. In fact, Tenkara rods are actually easier to use than western rods on many small streams. We like the 12 foot rod as a general all around Tenkara rod. You will find that the sensitivity of a longer rod makes catching even small trout and panfish a lot of fun, but the rod can easily handle larger trout and bass too!
The U.N.C. Tenkara Rod
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The U.N.C. is an ultra lightweight Tenkara rod designed for fishing on small water and restrictive terrain. It is also an ideal Tenkara rod for kids!
The BAD AXE Tenkara Rod
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The BAD AXE adjustable Tenkara rod offers the top-tier features and performance you'd expect in a premium rod, without the premium price! With a short position of 9'10'' and a long position of 11'5'', the BAD AXE has the flexibility you need to adapt to changing terrain.
The CLASSIC Tenkara Rod
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An all-purpose Tenkara rod that can handle anything from panfish to bass while still delivering the delicate presentations you need to catch skittish trout.