A stick, some string and a fly.
I'm about ready to pull the trigger on one of these but I have a question that I can't seem to find the answer to anywhere online....Say I have an 11 ft. rod, but I suddenly run into a tunnel of rhododendrons over the creek - is there a way to retract the butt ends down to a 8 ft rod length in order to flip the line( which would still be 11 ft. I guess...) up into the run? Also, what is the line made out of? The main line that is? Is it braided like a leader or just mono? Thanks! I'm reading everything I can about this Tenkara fishing thing!
Oh gosh. I see the links to the right and see the lines. Still, if you can help with the question about shortening the rod for close-quarters...thanksowl
Owl,I've heard of some guys discussing doing so, I've never tried it and don't recommend it as being particularly practical or feasible.When sections are in the collapsed position, it's not a tight fit. They rattle around. As the rod was being fished, there is nothing to prevent inertia from extending the rod. Likewise, nothing to prevent the same thing from happening when fighting a fish.I'd also be concerned that when fighting a fish, you are going to be applying force in a manner that the rod wasn't designed for or expected to see. I would not be surprised if given the right set of circumstances, the rod would fail.
Owl,As I thought about your question, I did remember a reference I saw to a Tenkara rod that was designed to be fished in a fully extended and a partially collapsed length. I don't think it's readily available stateside -http://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&ie=UTF-8&sl=ja&tl=en&u=http://www.fugashop.com/product/2363&rurl=translate.google.com&twu=1