The Ito is the newest, and longest rod in the lineup. It is arguably the most advanced and sweetest tenkara rod in the market, here or in Japan. It's a product of 2 years of design and experiments, where we strived to achieve a very long rod, with the lightest possible feel. A true delight to fish any mountain stream, even some pretty small ones. The Ito feels incredibly light at 13ft, as the balance is brought closer to the handle, and still very light at 14ft7in.
Special Features: The Ito features an innovative "zoom" function, which allows the angler to lock one segment in place to fish the rod either at 13ft (390cm) length or, fully extended, at 14ft7in (450cm). The zoom locks both at the butt of the rod with a proprietary cap, and at the end of the handle segment. Having a rod that can be instantly extended an extra 2ft is a true asset in any mountain stream, even some of the smaller streams. A killer combination with a very long line in a large stream, or with a shorter line in a small stream. This is by far the most versatile rod we offer.
Action & Fish Size: The Ito is classified as a 6:4 (where it bends when given a shake) but is a softer rod (comparable to the Ayu 5:5) and was designed for your average 8" - 16" mountain stream trout. It has tackled a 19" trout without a problem during our testing, but is not recommended for targeting large fish (the Amago rod was designed for that purpose).
They used the highest possible quality cork for the handle and only the finest components to make this our premium rod. The finish is also superb, being a matte black with a gradient dark blue block at the end of each segment. This is the best value on a tenkara rod you'll find anywhere.
*rod lengths may vary slightly from indicated due to the telescopic nature of the rods
Length: 13ft - 14ft7in
Finish: Matte Black with dark blue sections
Segments: 9 (can be fished as 8)
Closed length: 25.8inches (65.53cm)
Handle length: 12inches (30.48cm)
Weight: 4.1oz (116g) - the balance of the rod makes it feel very light, and lighter than the Amago, which has a lighter net weight.
Best line matches: Rod works very well with 3.5 level line up to 25ft. Works well with traditional line. And, can be fished well with 4.5 tenkara level line.
Made in China
The Tenkara USA Ito comes with a really cool rod tube. Also available as a kit option. "Kit" Includes a #4.5 level line, and a 10.5' Traditional Tenkara Line...everything you need to get started in Tenkara. The kit is listed as an option above in the drop down menu.
*Every rod is backed by the Tenkara USA warranty and excellent customer service. In case of problems, please contact us for the quickest solution on getting your rod fixed. Typically only shipping charges may apply and we may be able to send you the parts to fix the rod yourself. Please use only tippet of 7lbs (~3.5kg) breaking strength or less, and please read the instructions on how to use the rods.