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Yuri R
(Yazon) - F

Inexpensive Tenkara? on 09/30/2012 23:10:13 MDT Print View

Hey all,
So i'm thinking of trying Tenkara. I don't want to spend $200+ to find out is is not for me though.

I've found who sells a combo/kit for just $55. I'm sure the rod may be not as nice as TenkaraUSA or Daiwa, but at 1/3 to 1/6 the costs - why not right?

The other option is a rod from eBay

Has anyone tried any of these?

Edited by Yazon on 09/30/2012 23:12:30 MDT.

Chris Morgan
(ChrisMorgan) - F

Locale: Southern Oregon
Re: Inexpensive Tenkara? on 10/01/2012 00:12:17 MDT Print View

A good middle of the road is the StoneFly:

This rod is $80—plus some tippet and a few flies and you'll be good to go for under $100.

You could also get the Caddis Fly for $50 (same company), but I'd spend the little bit extra to get the carbon.

Good luck!

Neil McGee

Locale: Northeast, East Asia
Re: Inexpensive Tenkara? on 10/01/2012 09:35:44 MDT Print View

I'm not familiar with either of those rods, but I did make my entry into Tenkara on the inexpensive side with the same concerns.

I wasn't concerned with carbon and went with the 11' Fountainhead Caddis Fly rod ( primarily because of price ($50) and because this review of the rod was very helpful:

I added size 4 TenkaraBum Hi-vis flourocarbon line ( for $20 (which is not the cheapest out there, but I was able to make 4 lines from it), and 12 flies from the same site (for about $24). The flies came with a free mini flybox.

Quality tippet can be had from most fishing gear stores. I picked up some Maxima ultragreen 3lb/5x for less than $4.

So, I paid just under $100 for my entry into Tenkara (less shipping costs, of course. Don't forget the shipping costs).

This link ( offers a number of Tenkara dealers to broaden your search, but there are not that many rods being sold for less than $100.

I hope that helps!

Greg Mihalik
(greg23) - M

Locale: Colorado
Re: Re: Inexpensive Tenkara? on 10/01/2012 10:12:43 MDT Print View

Daiwa Soyokaze, 10'2", $82.

I can highly recommend this rod for small to medium streams.
It would be perfect for JMT streams as it packs small yet fishes Great!

Edited by greg23 on 10/01/2012 10:13:15 MDT.

Steve C

Locale: sierra nevada
re: inexpensive tenkara on 10/02/2012 08:38:12 MDT Print View

I received my Daiwa Soyokaze 31SR from Tenkara Bum yesterday. I ordered the rod, (1) #2 10 ft level line and (2) #3 10 ft level lines and (2) Fuji Hook Keepers, with shipping it was just over $100. Chris threw in a free 10 ft #4 level line and free tip puller (use if your tip gets stuck). I ordered on Thurs afternoon and although it was going from one coast to another, it was at my house Monday when I got back from work. Great service.
I tied a rather pathetic black threaded ant (it looked more like a black grub), looked up how to attach the line to the rod, added some tippet and headed to the river. The rod casted great and didn't take long to get a feel for it. I got a couple of strikes and even hooked into and landed a 9" Rainbow. This is my first Tenkara (Tenago) rod so I can't offer any comparisons, but it is compact, light and casts well. I think I am going to have a lot of fun with it.

Casey Greene

Locale: upper rattlesnake
Inexpensive Tenkara? on 10/03/2012 12:45:21 MDT Print View

I really like my Stone Fly 360. Although, I don't have any other rod to compare it to.
In the past, some have had problems with the lillian coming off, but I haven't experienced this.

Dennis Hiorns

Locale: Michigan
Caddis Fly Rod on 10/03/2012 13:04:22 MDT Print View

+ 1 for the Caddis Fly - excellent rod at any price.

Dustin Judd
(ddujnitsud) - F
Same here. on 10/03/2012 18:14:41 MDT Print View

I wanted to get a tasted of Tenkara as well and ended up ordering a 330 Cadis and a 360 Stone fly. I am really happy with both rods and would say that if I didn't intend to fish mountain lakes that the Cadis would be my only rod. You could easily be under $100 with a Cadis and a few lines and flies.

Yuri R
(Yazon) - F

Why Caddis and not Stone? on 10/03/2012 22:31:52 MDT Print View

"if I didn't intend to fish mountain lakes that the Caddis would be my only rod."

- Caddis is only 0.2oz heavier, but $25 cheaper. Would you take Stone Fly because it is a little lighter or because of some other quality that Caddis lacks?

Dustin Judd
(ddujnitsud) - F
two different actions on 10/04/2012 06:44:36 MDT Print View

I like the feel of the Caddis as it has a lighter action and seems to turn the lighter lines over easier with better control than the Stone. On the lake I fish the most, that last fish I caught was close to 4 lbs and I think that would challenge the Caddis a bit much where the Stone handled it quite well.

I'm no expert and really I was just looking for a way to replace my fly setup with something cheap and easy. This has given my two setups that are easy to use weather I am lake fishing or stream fishing.

I made my decision to get both rods after reading the reviews over at

Hope this helps.