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Christopher Forsberg
(Chris.Biomed) - F
Which tenkara rod? on 06/03/2011 11:22:53 MDT Print View

I've done my last exam and now summer is here and I want to fish with a tenkara rod! I've boiled my choices down to:

Iwana 12' and
Amago

I'm not sure exactly what I'll be fishing (sorry for that, I know that it makes the whole question even harder to answer), but I have plans to fish in the Swedish tundra and also in lakes and streams in the forest. The fish that I'll target will be grayling, trout and charr in the tundra and anything I can find in the lakes and streams.
One river has set a minimum length of about 40 cm (ca 16") for grayling and trout so I guess that's what the size of fish I'll target.

Is the extra length of the Amago good to have?

Thom Darrah
(thomdarrah) - MLife

Locale: Southern Oregon
Which tenkara rod on 06/03/2011 11:36:36 MDT Print View

I have both of these rods and will carry both in my Ebira when fishing larger streams and alpine lakes. The 13.5' Amago provides greater reach then the 12' Iwana and both have a 6:4 action.

The Iwana is considered a great all purpose rod and may be the better option if you can only have one rod. I would suggest reading the tenkara rod reviews at;
www.tenkarabum.com

I take a 12' Yamame and 11' Iwana when fishing smaller streams.

Thom
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Stephen Barber
(grampa) - MLife

Locale: SoCal
Full Ebira! on 06/03/2011 11:57:03 MDT Print View

Wow, Thom! You have a full Ebira, er, quiver!

I have an Amago and a 11" Iwana. I use the Amago for most backpack fishing, and the Iwana when streams start to get over hung.

If I had just one, it would be the Amago - I really like its action!